Best SSD For PC or Laptop

SSD’s are becoming extremely popular; Apple uses them in most of the new MacBook Pro and Mac book Air.

Dell XPS laptops also use them to give speed and performance advantage.

Gamers and designers, even bloggers and professionals, are using them in the Desktop PC to make them boot faster and run complex software with speed and ease. Below we will explore various aspects of Solid State Drives and why they are necessary for your PC/Laptop.

Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

In this article, we will look at 4 major points which you must consider before buying an SSD.

What is an SSD?

SSD stands for Solid State drive, or also known as the Solid State Disk. It is a misnomer as it does not have any disk or drive. The SSD unlike the HDD stores data on integrated circuits, the current generation of SSD’s store data on NAND  based flash memory, which retains all information without power.  SSD can be viewed as a larger Flash drive or pen drive which uses a similar NAND storage to store data permanently.

The SSD uses the traditional SATA interface to transfer data like the traditional HDD.

“In 1991, San Disk created a 20MB Solid State drive which was sold at $1000. (Rs. 60000).”

What is the Difference Between SSD and HDD? 

The fundamental difference regarding Hardware between SSD and HDD is that while Hard Drive uses actual disk and spindle to store data, SSD stores the data on NAND based memory chips and has an I/ O controller to manage the read/write operation.

Regarding performance SSD’s are much faster compared to a typical 5200 RPM or 7200 RPM Hard Drives.

The Price for SSD is much higher for the same capacity say a 1TB hard drive will cost you Rs. 3800, while a 1 TB SSD will cost 30,000, roughly ten times the cost of HDD.

Here is Table Comparing Some of The Major Differences between SSD and HDD

Parameter Hard Disk Drive(HDD) Solid State Drive (SSD)Remark
Cost for 1 TBRs. 3800Rs. 30,000Approx. 10 Times the Cost of HDD
Storage CapacityUpto 6TB or moreMaximum 1TB or 2TBMuch Larger for HDD
Popular Sizes1 TB and 2 TB128 GB and 256 GBMuch Larger HDD
Read Write Speed30 MBPS-100 MBPS200 MBPS to 550 MBPSEstimated Speed Vary with System Specs
Failure Rate2.0 Million Hours1.3-15 Million HoursLonger Life Span for SSD
NoiseHigher NoiseLower NoiseHDD has higher noise due to moving parts, SSD has no moving parts
File Opening SpeedSlower on HDD35% faster for SSDFiles or Browser windows, large PDF  excel word docs
Windows Boot-Time10-14 Seconds25-45 SecondsAgain Some dependency on other hardware, SSD is faster
VibrationsVibrates due to spindleNo VibrationsYou can feel more while heavy data transfer or gaming
Heat ProducedHigh Due to friction in moving partsVery LowSSD scores above HDD
Power ConsumptionhigherLowerSSD scores above HDD
Magnetic Effect ImpactCan Destroy data from strong Magnetic EffectCan’t destroy Data on SSDSSD is safer

Best Uses of SSD

  • You can use SSD to speed up your old Laptop.
  • SSD can be used in a desktop Gaming PC to speed game load time.
  • For Designers and Software users for 3D designing – Photoshop, Maya, and Video editing SSD is a blessing.

What Size of SSD Should You Buy for Laptop or PC?

It is more of personal preference and budget is a major criterion for deciding how much space you want on your SSD.

Ideally, I would prefer a 128 GB or 256 GB for a home/gaming PC since I also have 1 TB hard disk as well for keeping larger files like movies, games, etc.  What I have on my SSD is programs like Photoshop, gimp, paint, Microsoft Office, Windows, and other basic software that I for day to day tasks. Also, outlook PST and downloads are on SSD.

The rest of the stuff like games, movies, music and other data is stored on the 7200 RPM drive.

For Laptop’s I would prefer a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD, 128 will be low for a laptop as you don’t have any other HDD which you can store files for quick access. Better to go for a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD. You can use a USB 3.0 expansion drive with the laptop, but again you will have to carry it all the time.

Adding SSD to PC or Laptop?

In most laptops, you will have to take out your normal Hard drive which is usually 2.5 inch in size and can replace the Drive with SSD.  You can buy a laptop USB cover and connector to use it as a backup drive.

For Gaming PC it is fairly easy to add an SSD, you can either clone your windows on the SSD drive and remove the windows from HDD. I will suggest copying everything on your boot partition say C drive to D drive.  Then install the Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 OS on the SSD fresh. SSD for laptop or PC are the same size; you can use it on either PC or Laptop or even swap between your devices.  Some Laptops like Apple MacBook Pro and Air and DELL XPS may use a different sized SSD, better check at the manufacturer website before buying an SSD. For Gaming PC you can always buy the standard 2.5 inch SSD.

I have had problems in cloning from HDD and SSD, while some people say it just worked fine for them. In my opinion, to be safe and avoid any issues, you can do it once.

I will share in the next article – How to Add an SSD to a Gaming PC and do a Fresh Install of Windows. The second article we will share is a 7200 RPM Drive VS SSD speed performance Test. (likely in next week).

Now we are done with the basics, lets see which is the Best SSD you can buy for your PC or Laptop. 

3 Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

We are referring and comparing the 128 GB versions of SSD here; you can also opt for the same brands in 256 or 512 GB sizes as well.

Do different brands have a speed/performance difference in SSD?  Yes different brands and internal hardware, NAND chips and controller makes a difference in the speed of SSD. Also, note the higher capacity SSD are slightly faster compared to low storage capacity SSD.

Number 3 on our list is one of the cheapest SSD which is available in India for 128 GB size.

SSD – Kingston SV300S37A – Priced @ Rs. 3,700 

Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

Key Specifications: Kingston SV 300 S37 A 120 GB SSD

  • Model – SV300S37A
  • Brand – Kingston
  • Drive Capacity – 120 GB
  • Form factor – 2.5 inch SSD
  • Reliability  –  1,000,000
  • Interface – SATA 6 GBPS

The Solid state drive from Kingston is one of the lowest priced 2.5 inch SSD which can be used for a gaming pc or laptop.  It comes with a warranty of 3 years and offers a good upgrade from the traditional hard drive. Will do speed comparison with other drives later.

SSD –  Transcend  – Priced @ Rs. 4200

Number 2 on our list is the transcend SSD with a 2.5 inch size and 128 GB capacity.

Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

Key Specifications: Transcent SSD370 128 GB SSD

  • Model – SSD370
  • Brand Transcend
  • Drive Storage Capacity – 128 GB
  • Form factor – 2.5 inch SSD
  • Reliability       1,000,000
  • Interface SATA 6 GBPS

Transcend SSD is priced slightly higher compared to the Kingston and also offers slightly better performance compared to the Kingston SSD.  The Transcend SSD comes with a 3 years warranty.

Number 1 on our list is one of the Best and fastest SSD you can buy – Samsung 850 EVO. It is actually 120 GB instead of 128 GB space available on the other 2 solid-state drives.

SSD – Samsung 850 EVO 120 Priced @ Rs. 5,300

Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

Key Specifications: Samsung 850 EVO 120 GB  Price 5300

  • Model: Samsung EVO 850
  • Brand: Samsung
  • Drive capacity: 120 GB
  • Form factor: 2.5 inch SSD
  • Reliability    : 1,000,000
  • Interface: SATA 6 GBPS

Samsung uses an innovative 3D V-NAND flash memory architecture in this SSD which adds value to it’s performance and makes it one of the faster SATA SSD. Though the drive has 8 GB less storage compared to other SSD’s stated above it offers great read/write performance.

SSD Performance Benchmarks: Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

Random Read Speed Comparison (Higher is Better)Performance/Speed Comparison for Kingston Vs Transcend VS Samsung EVO

Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

Random Write Speed Comparison (Higher is Better)

SSD Randwom Write Speed

The Random Data Rate Heavy Load Comparison (Higher is Better)

SSD Random Load Speed

Random Power Comparison (Lower is Better) 

Comparison Kingston Transcend Samsung EVO 850
Random Write Speed155152167
Random Read Speed341425447
Avg Data Rate158156177
Power Consumption(Watts)2.441.91.7

Verdict: Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop

Considering the Above table my vote is with Samsung EVO 850 which is great SSD to Buy in India.  Though, it is costly by Rs. 1500 compared to a Kingston SSD.  But since we buy an SSD to speed up the PC or Laptop, it is a worthy investment and will give a very satisfying user experience.

The Transcend lies somewhere between Kingston and the Samsung EVO 850.  

The Kingston and Transcend are way faster than your traditional hard drive(7X – 10X) if you are hard stuck on a budget of Rs. 4,000 for SSD; you can go with the Transcend or Kingston. If you wish to explore more on SSD’s Storage Reviews is a good website.

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4 Replies to “3 Best SSD To Buy for PC or Laptop

  1. read your comparison chart again to see whether every detail is placed under right column. Popular size for SSD is 128-256 GB and not for HDD.

  2. Title – “3 Best SSD to Buy for PC or Laptop”.

    But apart from the Samsung’s variant 850 EVO, nowhere have you mentioned the models of the other two.

    In the entire post, you mentioned the other two models as Transcend and Kingston.

    Makes me wonder if they just sell one model of SSD.

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