Best SSDs in 2018

1. Best Overall
Adata XPG GAMMIX S11 (1TB)
Price: $310.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 960GB / 1024GB

Form Factor: M.2 2280 D5

Interface / Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3

DRAM: Nanya DDR3
NAND: Micron 64-Layer TLC

Sequential Read: 3,150 MB/s

Sequential Write: 1,700 MB/s

Random Read: 310,000 IOPS 

Random Write: 280,000 IOPS

Endurance: 640 TBW


2. Best M.2 PCIe
Samsung 970 Pro (1TB)
Price: $399.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 1024GB / 1024GB

Form Factor: M.2 2280 D3

Interface / Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3

DRAM: Samsung LPDDR4 1GB
NAND: SanDisk 64L Samsung 64-Layer MLC

Sequential Read: 3,500 MB/s

Sequential Write: 2,700 MB/s

Random Read: 500,000 IOPS 

Random Write: 500,000 IOPS

Endurance: 1200 TBW


3. Best SATA
Samsung 860 Pro (1TB)
Price: $299.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 1024GB / 1024GB

Form Factor: 2.5" 7mm

Interface / Protocol: SATA / AHCI

DRAM: 1GB LPDDR4
NAND: Samsung 64L MLC

Sequential Read: 560 MB/s

Sequential Write: 530 MB/s

Random Read: 100,000 IOPS 

Random Write: 90,000 IOPS

Endurance: 1200 TBW


4. Best Add-in-Card
Intel Optane 905P (1TB)
Price: $1129.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 960GB / 960GB

Form Factor: Half-Height, Half-Length

Interface / Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe

DRAM: None
NAND: Intel 3D XPoint

Sequential Read: 2,600 MB/s

Sequential Write: 2,200 MB/s

Random Read: 575,000 IOPS 

Random Write: 550,000 IOPS

Endurance: 17.52 PBW

 

4. Best Cheap
Crucial MX500 (500GB)
Price: $82.99
Capacity (Raw / User): 512GB /500GB

Form Factor: 2.5" 7mm

Interface / Protocol: SATA / AHCI

DRAM: 512MB DDR3
NAND: Micron 64-Layer TLC

Sequential Read: 560 MB/s

Sequential Write: 510 MB/s

Random Read: 95,000 IOPS 

Random Write: 90,000 IOPS

Endurance: 180 TBW

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