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Best Solid State Drives to Speed up Your Computer

A solid state drive (SSD) can bring your computing to a whole new level, making your machine faster than ever thanks to lightning-fast read/write times. Believe it or not, you can boot a computer equipped with a SSD in under a minute. 

Not to mention that SSDs don't contain any moving parts, so they run far quieter than traditional hard drives.

Luckily for men who appreciate top-of-the-line computer hardware as much as they respect a sturdy pair of boots, prices on SSDs have seen a significant drop recently and are more affordable than ever. Depending on storage capacity, you can find a drive to suit just about any budget.

If budget is really a pressing concern, however, you could even acquire the cheapest SSD and use it strictly as an operating system while using your existing hard drive for storing videos, music, documents, and backup files. This approach will save a great deal of cash yet still bring the computing advantages to your work or play.

Sound interesting? We've done the hard work of finding some of the popular SSD options in a variety of form factors.

Updated: 3 months ago

6SanDisk X210 512 GB

SanDisk X210 512 GB
The SanDisk X210 512 GB solid state drive uses a 19nm All Bit Line architecture. The All Bit Line architecture offers increased performance and endurance. The drive has a low power mode that reduces t… Learn more »

5Plextor M6M Series 256GB drive

Plextor M6M Series 256GB drive
The Plextor M6M 256 GB solid state drive has a sequential read speed of 520 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 440 MB/s. Excellent for increased battery life while on the move without sacrificing pe… Learn more »

4Brinell Drive SSD 500 GB

Brinell Drive SSD 500 GB
The Brinell Drive SSD is a fine example of German engineering with it's black carbon surface. It's a 500GB solid state drive with USB 3.0 and can read up to 420MB/s and write at up to 330MB/s.  Learn more »

3Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter)

Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter)
The Crucial M500 120 GB solid state drive with 500MB/s sequential reads and 130 MB/s sequential writes.  Learn more »

2Mushkin Direct Atlas Deluxe 240GB

Mushkin Direct Atlas Deluxe 240GB
The Mushkin Atlas Deluxe 480 GB mSATA solid state drive has a read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 530MB/s respectively. If you are in need of a fast, voluminous and yet affordable mSATA drive (typic… Learn more »

1Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB
The Samsung 840 EVO 120GB is one of the most affordable and popular solid state drives available currently. They are very reliable and also support worry-free AES 256-bit full disk encryption. The fe… Learn more »