Best SSDs of 2020: It’s Time to Upgrade!

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech SSDs come in all shapes and sizes

Migrating your computer from a hard drive to a solid-state drive (SSD) is by far the most gratifying upgrade. So, getting the right SSD is naturally an important task. Below is the list of the best SSDs I’ve tested, in reviewed order, latest reviews. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how their performance stacks up.

Dong’s note: This is a frequently updated post.

Best SATA an NVMe SSDs of 2020: The list

This list includes both standard SATA drives and NVMe drives. If you don’t know the difference between the two types, check out this post.


8. Silicon Power A80: A generic NVMe that rocks

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The A80 NVMe SSD from Silicon Power.

Silicon-Power P34A80 NVMe SSD

8

Performance

8.5/10

Features

7.0/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Fast performance for daily usage
  • Affordable
  • Generous five-year warranty

Cons

  • Performance reduction in extended operations
  • Generic feel, no user-accessible features
  • Less endurance than competitors
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7. WD Blue SN550: A Fast and affordable NVMe SSD

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The WD Blue SN550 is a nice upgrade to the previous SN500.

WD Blue SN550 NVMe Internal SSD

8.2

Performance

8.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Fast performance for general usage
  • Useful dashboard software
  • High endurance

Cons

  • Capacity caps at 1TB
  • Relatively low performance in demanding tasks
  • No hardware encryption
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6. WD Red SA500: The NAS SSD that’s also great for PCs

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The WD Red SA500 is available in both 2.5-inch and M.2 designs.

WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD

8.8

Performance

9.0/10

Features

8.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Affordable with long warranty
  • Excellent performance
  • 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors
  • High capacity

Cons

  • Relatively low endurance when compared to competing drive
  • No NVMe version, 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket not included
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5. SK hynix Gold S31: The nice new kid on the block

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The SK Hynix Gold S31 is a standard SATA SSD.

SK Hynix Gold S31 SSD

8.2

Performance

8.5/10

Features

7.5/10

Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Fast performance
  • Longevity

Cons

  • Storage caps at 1TB
  • No user-accessible features
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4. Seagate IronWolf 110: The SSD with extreme endurance

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD is the best internal drive to use with the Synology DS419slim NAS server.

Seagate IronWolf 110 NAS SSD

8.3

Performance

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Extremely high endurance
  • Fast performance
  • Long warranty and easy to use

Cons

  • A bit expensive
  • Runs hot
  • No M.2 or NVMe version
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3. WD Blue SN500 SSD: The easy low-capacity, modest NVMe upgrade

The WD Blue SN500 NVMe is a typical M.2 solid-state drive.
Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The WD Blue SN500 NVMe is a typical M.2 solid-state drive.

WD Blue SN500 NVMe Solid-State Drive

8.2

Performance

8.0/10

Features

8.5/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Fast performance and high endurance
  • Useful software and features

Cons

  • No encryption, two-lane MVNe specs
  • No higher capacities than 500GB
READ MORE:  WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: An Easy NVMe Upgrade

2. Micron Crucial BX500: The low-cost replacement SSD for a budget computer

The new Crucial BX500 SSD from Micron.
Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The new Crucial BX500 SSD from Micron.

Crucial BX500 solid-state drive

8

Performance

7.5/10

Features

7.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Good performance and endurance
  • Useful software and features

Cons

  • No encryption, bare-bone specs
  • Short 3-year warranty
  • No higher capacities than 960GB
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1. Samsung 970 EVO Plus: The ultimate NVMe SSD

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is the ultimate NVMe choice for any home computer.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe solid-state drive

8.3

Performance

9.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Value

8.0/10

Pros

  • Fast performance at affordable pricing
  • High endurance
  • Easy to use with lots of features

Cons

  • Can't handle sustained sequential writes at high speed
READ MORE:  Samsung 970 EVO Plus Review: Totally Fast and a Bit More

Best SSDs of 2020: SATA vs. NVMe performance

When reviewing SSDs, I generally only stack drives of the same type (SATA or MVMe) against one another. Since this list includes both types, however, you’ll find below performance charts of all drives. So, you’ll see here how SATA SSDs stack up against NVMe counterparts.

Sequential (copy) performance

This chart shows how fast SSDs perform when copying a large amount of data from one place to another. It applies general data transferring tasks, such as when you want to backup your data or, recovering data from a backup

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Random access performance

Random access performance shows how an SSD affects the host computer’s overall performance. It represents tasks like launching an application or editing a large data file.

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Now that you have found out which drive you should get. Check out how you can migrate a hard drive to an SSD or do an MVMe upgrade on your Windows 10 machine.



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