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Samsung 850 Evo 500GB

This SSD achieves excellent performance and reliability using Samsung’s 3D triple-level cell (TLC) technology.

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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)

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$ 169.66 269.99

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Part of the capacity is devoted to a single-cell (SLC) mode to improve write speeds, which, along with the usual compromises with storage amounts, leaves you with 465GB. In our tests, the 850 Evo beat everything else in its price bracket and many costlier drives.

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB

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Samsung 850 PRO - 512GB - 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE512BW)

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$ 224.00 279.99

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Our test machine actually took slightly longer to boot Windows 10 from this drive than the cheaper Evo (above), but in more demanding tasks it led the way. It’s rated for 150TB of writes, much higher than cheaper drives, and guaranteed for 10 years.

Samsung 750 Evo 500GB

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Samsung 750 EVO - 500GB - 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-750500BW)

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$ 158.95

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The 750 Evo is based on less sophisticated technology and is cheaper , but it kept up with the Evo and Pro in speed tests. When work ed harder , for example handling lots of small files, it lagged behind. So for intensive work, especially doing several things at once, you might want to pay a bit more, but it’s faster than many in this price range.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB

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SanDisk Extreme PRO-Series Solid State Drive SDSSDXPS-480G-G25 (2.5", SATA Revision 3.0, 6Gb/s...

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$ 223.15 429.99

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This has been around a while but still impresses, coming out behind the Samsung drives in some tests and ahead in others.

However, its endurance rating – how many gigabytes you can write to the drive before it wears out – isn‘t quite as high. It’s guaranteed for twice as long as the Evo – 10 years.