How to buy a cheap, fast, and powerful SSD

How to buy a cheap, fast, and powerful SSD

For the past few years, we at the Speed Up My PC Free blog have been trumpeting the benefits of SSDs. Like most tech enthusiasts, we always want to make our computers run as fast as possible. And SSDs are simply the best way to do that.

If you don’t already have an SSD in your PC, then you’re missing out on a major performance boost. SSDs are often more than twice as fast as traditional hard drives, which means everything on your computer runs faster and smoother than ever before. Computers start up in seconds and shut down even faster. And video game loading times basically don’t exist.

But until recently, SSDs were outside the price range of all but performance PC users. Few people were willing to pay over $100 for SSDs as small as 60GB. But today, SSDs are constantly dropping in price, which means that there has never been a better time to buy an SSD than now.

Interested in speeding up your PC with an SSD? Here are the most cost-effective SSDs available on the market today, as chosen by the folks over at TechSpot.com:

Kingston SSDNow V+200

With 120GB of storage space for just $90, the Kingston SSDNow V+200 offers the best price/GB ratio in the industry (75 cents, for those who don’t want to do the math). Kingston is a reliable memory company, so the price isn’t so heavily discounted that you’re putting your data at risk.

Crucial m4

Crucial has always been a good budget memory company. Crucial makes RAM and other storage units, and their SSDs boast fast speeds at rock-bottom prices. The 128GB Crucial m4 storage unit offers a price/GB of 82 cents, which makes it just a little more expensive than the Kingston SSDNow V+ 200.

Samsung 840

Samsung rounds out the list of budget SSD companies. However, Samsung SSDs are only a good deal when you purchase larger SSDs. Samsung manufactures many of the SSDs found in laptops and tablets around the world, so they know what they’re doing when it comes to making fast storage units. The 120GB (yes, 120Gb, not 128GB) is available for $110, or 92 cents per GB.

OCZ Vertex 4

The OCZ Vertex 4 isn’t the cheapest storage unit available today, but it’ claims to be one of the fastest. OCZ SSDs use a controller called Indilinx Everest 2 which claims to offer superior speeds and better response times to the controllers offered by other SSD companies. If all that technobabble flew over your head, rest assured that the OCZ Vertex 4 provides incredible speeds at a fair price. Pick up the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB at $115 or 90 cents per GB.

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Those prices can all be found at Amazon.com and other tech sites. As with all tech components, wait for regular sales before you make your purchase, as those prices are going to come down even further.

When it comes to hard drives and SSDs, you always save money when buying in bulk. 128GB drives are always cheaper than 64GB drives. Since 64GB doesn’t hold a lot of data, you’re better off in the long-run by choosing a larger storage unit. 256GB SSDs offer even better savings, so if you can afford it, consider going for that option.

 

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