The 10 Best SSDs For Gaming

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in December of 2018. The arrival of affordable solid-state drives has shrunk the gap between storage speeds and processing power, much to the delight of impatient gamers sick of loading screens. But with so many different combinations of form factors, bus interfaces, and prices, it can be tough to decide on the right one. We've gathered some SSDs that will have you gaming in next to no time at all. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best ssd for gaming on Amazon.

10. Corsair CSSD

9. Crucial P1

8. Intel 760P

7. Samsung X5

6. Samsung 860 Pro

5. Crucial MX500

4. Western Digital Black

3. SanDisk Extreme

2. Samsung 860 Evo

1. Samsung 970 Evo

Editor's Notes

December 18, 2018:

It's awfully hard to argue against Samsung's EVO line here, although its renowned 970 line does use more power and create a bit more heat than the ones it outstrips. Gamers in the midst of upgrading older systems may find the Evo 860 particularly useful, and it's about as fast as a M.2 SSD an get. Alternately, the Sandisk is perfect for additional space for your games, and it's protected from damage, in case you're caught in the rain en route to plug into your buddy's Xbox One X and OLED TV across the neighborhood. The new development from Crucial is exciting because it brings NVMe speeds to a mainstream price range, while the Western Digital Black also offers great performance at a somewhat reasonable price. The Corsair add-in card we found will appeal mostly to multimedia creators or other high-workload users who also game on the side, or to those who want ultra-fast SSD response on older motherboards.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 19, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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