Top SSDs for Your Gaming Computer and Console – 2017

Once used solely for high-end laptops and costing excessively high, SSDs (Solid State Drives) have now become a mainstream product to speed up any PC, Gaming console or a laptop.

Unlike conventional hard drives, SSDs are lighter, faster and considerably more power efficient. Replacing a hard drive with a SSD can give a bigger speed boost to the computer than a new microprocessor can possibly deliver.

For a desktop PC already packed with one or more hard drives, a SSD with less than 120 GB storage is super sufficient to boost the system. While for serious gamers SSD variants with up to 960GB of storage are available to bring the ultimate level of gaming experience. Even the heaviest VR sports games unblocked and run smoothly with this system configuration.

In this article, you will find the most powerful 2.5 inch SSDs with SATA III and SATA II interface that is suitable and compatible with most gaming consoles, PCs and laptops apart from Apple, as it does not allow upgrading the flash memory of MacBook.

SanDisk Extreme Pro

It is among the top SSDs available today that is preferred for both work and casual use –Offering up to 960GB of onboard storage. SanDisk Extreme Pro is resistant to shock and vibration and therefore comes with a warranty of 10 years. It’s read and write speeds are blazing-fast up to 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively. The price range for SanDisk Extreme Pro starts from $105 for 240GB.

PNY CS1311

This is a highly affordable option of SSD that charges $47 only for 120GB and comes with 3 yearwarranty. PNY CS1311effectively reachesthe data read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 520MB/s respectively making it a highly power-efficient operation.

Samsung 850 Pro

Direct rival of the SanDisk Extreme Pro, Samsung 850 Pro is available with a hugestorage space up to 2TB. It can reach the read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 470 MB/s respectively. Further, Samsung 850 Pro also features 256-bit AES Encryption, along with dedicated RAPID mode to deliver enhanced performance. The price range for Samsung 850 Pro starts from $93 for 128GB.

Crucial MX200

It is a combination of great performance and competitive price. The sequential read and write speeds reach up to 555 MB/s and 500 MB/s, respectively. Crucial MX200’s internal thermal management system prevents it from overheating, and also comes with encryption system, making it more secure. It competitive price starts from just $80 for 250GB.

Kingston UV400

This highly affordable SSD comes for $48 (120GB) and is available with up to 960GB of onboard storage. The maximum data read and write speeds are up to 550MB/s and 350MB/s, respectively, that dramatically improves the system speed for users switching from a traditional hard drive.

SanDisk SSD PLUS

Starting from an affordable price of $42 for 120GB, SanDisk SSD PLUS is another highly rated option by SanDisk, which delivers great performance and incredible value. It is capable of reaching read and write speeds of 520 MB/s and 350 MB/s respectively. And it is also resistant to shock and vibration,just like other SSDs from SanDisk.

Transcend SSD370

With its impressive read and write speed of up to 570 MB/s and 470 MB/s, Transcend SSD370 delivers great performance at affordable price. You just need to pay $44 for 128GB SSD. Another competitive feature of Transcend SSD370 is that it comes with an internal security system that prevents from data loss due to sudden power cut-off.