List of Best SSDs What You Can Buy For Your Gaming Desktop & Laptop

Report Data Collected On: 3/Jun/2017

So you’ve installed the latest Graphics Card, brought your system up to specs for the latest, most demanding games, and updated to the latest drivers and APIs. Now what? Where do you put the games? An SSD? Will that make for a better gaming experience?

Let’s talk about that.

The Loaaaaaading Screen!!!!

No one likes a loading screen. Even in titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, where loading screens are intricately set up with some character or subject from the game with interesting titbits of information about it to keep your attention;

Starting it and staring at it and staring at it (and staring at it still) can get really old, really fast.

We’ve discussed the massive boost that SSDs can give your data transfer speeds in the past, and in the case of games, where its assets need to be loaded in when you start it (which is what translates into the wait before the loading screen) this boost will make itself immediately apparent, taking you from;

I need to go get some popcorn if I’m going to load a game, to Hey, what happened to all the loading screens, where’d they go?

What this essentially means is that the game is able to pull the data stored in your drive faster, drastically reducing problems such as hitching – you know; that brief pause/freeze frame you get sometimes when you’re running through a vast open world? Gone. Long, drawn-out installation times? Gone. Slow implementation of updates, even they are pre-downloaded? Gone. Poof. Say hello to insta-load times and smoothly streaming open worlds.

But again, which one?

As we’ve seen in the past few articles, there are a lot of types of SSDs going around. But which one to pick for your gaming upgrade?

Now, of course, you could go for the state-of-the-art stuff, some of which we covered in our previous few articles, such as M.2 or PCIe SSDs, but you don’t need something that bleeding edge for gaming – unless you’re made of money (in which case, congratulations, go ahead and check out our monthly updates of the latest NVMe SSDs).

The difference in the performance increase created by a normal 2.5-inch SSD and an NVMe SSD will come down to a few seconds – and while we’re all in favor of that, not everyone would be interested in shelling out more than twice the price to shave off a second or two in load time.

To get the benefits of solid state tech, you don’t need something more powerful than a 2.5-inch version, which will give you all the aforementioned advantages and prevent all HDD’s bottlenecks during long gaming sessions.

The 2.5 form factor also ensures maximum compatibility with gaming rigs, which are usually built with little regard to minimizing size and more focused on maximizing efficiency, even in the case of laptops.

This will also allow integration into existing rigs through SATA cabling, which, regardless of the cap set by the technology’s limits, is still the best and most widely available choice for building a PC. Switching to non-SATA hardware will run your cost up astronomically, and even hard-core gamers will think twice about shelling out exorbitant, extortionate sums for a home build.

So, to keep things light on your pocket, keep it SATA.

As usual, here’s our pick of the top market products to help you make a decision in buying one;

So, Now Let’s See How Many Best Gaming SSDs Are Available In The Market, In This Currently Month:

Top 3rdCrucial MX300 2.5 Inch Version

  • Form Factor: 2.5 inches, 7MM
  • Interface: SATA 3.0 6Gb/s
  • Max Sequential Read/Write Speed: 530 MB Per Second / 510 MB Per Second
  • Max Random Read/Write Speed: 92,000 IOPS / 83,000 IOPS
  • Power Consumption: 2.0W While Working and 0.075W While Idle
  • Warranty/support: 3 Years

Short Review: We’ve covered the M.2 version of the MX300 in our previous review – which means the product has made it to two of our top reviewed list now. That says something, and that something is “I am awesome.” For those who want a TLDR version: for a reliable, affordable option to get that lightning-fast speed, get the Crucial MX300.

Longer version: The Read/Write speeds of 530 MBps/510 MBps is just the beginning. Crucial’s entry into the foray looks like an ordinary silver box with their label on top, like it’s saying, “Oh, never mind me, I’m completely normal.” Which it is.

If you want to go for a nice, normal option that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, this is the one to go without contest.

It’s built to be super-cool when it come to power – the MX300 only 0.075W of power, compared to your average hard drive, which can use around 7W.

For those who don’t want to do the math, we’ll lay it out for you – this means the Crucial MX300 is nine times more energy-efficient than your average hard drive.

Read that again; we didn’t make a mistake. This efficiency also translates into better temperature control, keeping the drive at optimal cooling through your hours and hours of gaming.

It also used single-level-cell flash memory, which does not degrade performance with use. The proven 3D NAND technology lays the groundwork for a long-lasting, reliable storage drive for all your games.

Top 2ndCorsair Neutron XTi

  • Form Factor: 2.5 inches, 7MM
  • Interface: SATA 3.0 6Gb/s
  • Max Sequential Read/Write Speed: 540 MB Per Second / 525 MB Per Second
  • Max Random Read/Write Speed: 100,000 IOPS / 90,000 IOPS
  • Power Consumption: 1.5W While Working and 0.10W While Idle
  • Warranty/support: 5 Years

Short Review: Unlike the Crucial MX300, the XTi is built and designed specifically with gaming in mind. High-end PC players and 4K gamers will be storing vast amounts of 4K resolution textures and data within their storage drives, and this data will need to be loaded and moved in large amounts and kept error free. That’s where the XTi steps up.

For starters, it comes with its own processor.

That’s right: there is a dedicated quad-core processor inside the drive, whose only job is to keep top-tier performance going, lower latency, and find and correct errors – a job usually done by the game itself.

By taking this workload off the program, the XTi consistently delivers better performance across the board. For those who like to capture and edit videos from their games, don’t worry, Corsair has you covered:

The high and sustained data transfer speeds enabled by the expanded cache and the dedicated quad-core processor acting as the controller will make it easy to capture, edit, and output everything from 1080p full HD to uncompressed 4K Ultra High-Definition video – and all of this in real time.

That something capable of this will bring the absolute maximum possible detail level options from any game alive in your monitor goes without saying, if Ultra-4K-60 Gaming is your thing, go for it.

The read/write speeds of 560 MBps/540 MBps is guarded by End-to-End Data Protection, which ensures data protection from corruption from the host to the NAND gate.

Corsair covers all this with a five-year warranty just to let you know they’re not holding back; this is more than most hard drives get these days. The XTi also has an endurance of 320 TB, compared to the Crucial MX300’s 220TB, allowing installation and reinstallation of more games in your drive.

Top 1stSamsung 850 Pro

  • Form Factor: 2.5 inches, 7MM
  • Interface: SATA 3.0 6Gb/s
  • Max Sequential Read/Write Speed: 550 MB Per Second / 520 MB Per Second
  • Max Random Read/Write Speed: 100,000 IOPS / 90,000 IOPS
  • Power Consumption: 3.0W While Working and 0.07W While Idle
  • Warranty/support: 10 Years

Short Review: They say that if something’s too good to be true, it probably is. Samsung seems to be on the fast track to proving that this adage is false, and whenever they’ve made our lists we’ve seen they don’t hesitate to back up their word with obscenely long warranties.

The 850 PRO is that concept taken to its logical (perhaps even illogical) extreme – it’s a four-terabyte capacity SSD that comes with a ten-year warranty.

Yup. Ten years. That’s more than an entire gaming generation.

Out of the box, the 850 PRO looks exactly like a state-of-the-art piece of tech is supposed to look: it’s thin, sleek, shiny and in a black outfit, like all the sexiest ladies at a red carpet premiere.

The 4TB capacity combined with the 550 MBps/520 MBps Read/Write means this little hottie has beauty and brains, and Samsung’s own Magician software stores data in her DRAM cache for random reads up to 100,000 IOPS.

The USP of the drive is definitely the size, and the promised endurance of 600TB – almost twice that of our previous entry.

The 850 PRO use V-NAND flash memory, which seamlessly integrates with the controller, DRAM, and firmware to work in perfect synergy to deliver that smooth, super-fast performance.

Designed and specced for the heaviest possible workloads, be it anything from gaming to video editing, animation or VFX work, this is a drive that deserves a place in the highest-end workstations and earns it without compromise.

The Dynamic Thermal Guard keeps the temperature at an optimum level to prevent heat-related problems, and the industry-standard AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption secures your data without ceremony or hassle as soon as it is written.

Samsung’s ten-year warranty does come with a catch though: the warranty is for either ten years or for six hundred terabytes written, whichever comes first.

So if you write, delete and write new data on such frequency that the drive covers 600 TBW in six months (how the hell did you do that, BTW? :O You’d have to install and reinstall the 60 GB GTA 5 ten thousand times to make that happen) then that voids the warranty for the following years.

Regardless, as a piece of hardware the 850 Pro is peerless, and as of this writing is the only 4TB SSD available for consumers.

And that’s our top picks among the Fastest SSDs available in the market Specially for Gaming – So, what will you pick, if you wanted one for yourself? Let me know in the comments below:

Happy Shopping!!!

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