We’ve collected and counted your votes and now your five picks for Best Solid State Drive For the Money are ready to be narrowed down to a winner. These are absolutely the five drives we expected to see make it to this round, but the winner isn’t so obvious, and we’re looking forward to it.
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Until recently the 840 Pro Series was so dominant in the SSD space that this vote wouldn’t even have been worth running, but we’re glad to see a more contested playing field now. The Pro Series brings Pro speeds and a five-year warranty, and it’s the SSD in my newly-built gaming rig.
With the introduction of the EVO line Samsung brought their industry-leading SSDs into the mass market price range, so then it’s no surprise to see the EVO line score two nominations in this contest. The 250GB EVO is also the best-selling SSD out there.
The largest model of the affordable EVO line, and the largest of your five nominations, and like your other noms, it’s sitting on a huge pile of 5-star Amazon reviews. It’s also the most popular SSD we’ve listed in our Commerce Content.
This is the third of your five nominations sitting in the ~250GB, and showing that size to be a clear “sweet spot” among the votes. Crucial has really stepped up their SSD game recently, across performance metrics and even more so in price.
The larger size of your other Crucial nomination, and the only ~500GB model on the list, this Crucial SSD is a great middle ground between your 256GB and 1TB noms, and a tremendous value. It was also The Wirecutter’s pick.
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