Adding an SSD to your system is absolutely one of the best performance boosts you can give it, be it a PC, a laptop, or even a gaming console. These enchanted devices demolish long boot times, speed up loading times, and overall make your computer feel fast. Picking the right SSD however can be quite a chore, which is why we’re here to help you. Here’s the best SSDs for all budgets you can buy in 2018.
Best Budget SSD: Crucial BX300
Prices – 120GB: $43 | 240GB: $85 | 480GB: $144
The BX300 gives the Samsung 850 Evo a real run for its money, proving to be slightly faster and at a lower price. The Samsung 850 Evo tends to be better value at higher capacities, where prices between the two drives are smaller, but in the 120GB and 240GB range, the Crucial BX300 is hard to beat for overall value. It comes in a standard 2.5in SATA3 form factor, so you will be able to slot it easily into most laptops and motherboards without any issues.
Best Mid-range SSD: Samsung 860 Evo
Price – 250GB: $85 | 500GB: $145 | 1TB: $280 | 2TB: $649 | 4TB: $1398
The Samsung 860 Evo has been a go-to ever since it came out three years ago. It achieves blazing fast speeds and offers great endurance. The 860 Evo’s main advantage comes from its significantly improved endurance rating, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to write at least 150TB-worth of data on the 250GB version, and up to a whopping 2400TB on the top 4TB model before it gives up. It also comes in a 2.5in SATA3 form factor.
Best High-end SSD: WD Black 3D NVMe
Price: 250GB: $120 | 500GB: $230 | 1TB: $450 | 2TB: $850
Although this category was throned by the Samsung 970 Pro, the recently released WD Black 3D has proven to be just as fast, while offering better endurance, and that too at a cheaper price. If you really wanna go all out and get one of the best SSDs that money can buy, the WD Black 3D is the way to go. Like most NVMe drives, this one is also an M.2 SSD.