The 10 Best SSDs Under $100

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in April of 2016. Standard hard disk drives are made with moving parts and magnetic platters, meaning the more use they get, the faster they wear out and fail. A solid-state drive, on the other hand, has no moving parts, offers much faster access speeds, makes no noise, and is not affected by magnetism. And with so many constant advancements in technology and manufacturing, it's now easy to find one for under $100. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best ssd under $100 on Amazon.

10. Samsung 860 mSATA

9. Inland Professional

8. Crucial MX500

7. Samsung T5

6. Sandisk Extreme

5. Samsung 970 Evo Plus

4. Crucial M500 CT960

3. AData SE730H

2. Samsung 860 Evo

Editor's Notes

March 01, 2019:

A solid-state drive is one of the biggest difference-makers you can add to a sluggish computer, and their main drawback is simply that they can be awfully expensive. With some recent advancements, however (particularly triple- and more recently, quad-level flash memory), it's more affordable than ever to outfit your PC with one of these blazing-fast storage units. It's no surprise that Samsung dominates this list; the chip stock known as "Samsung B Die" is renowned the world over as one of the most reliable and fastest solid-state memory on the planet. Their Evo line has basically topped the charts at every turn, starting with the wildly popular 2.5-inch Evo 860 plus was basically the first 7-millimeter flash storage to become a household name, and the 970 Evo Plus is basically the inarguable speed and lifespan leader for consumers right now — although such supremacy does come at a price, and only the smaller sizes are very affordable. Crucial's offerings are definitely on the cost-effective side, and their M500 brings almost an entire gigabyte to the table for under a single Benjamin, which is pretty impressive. That's the kind of upgrade that could make you think twice about shelling out tons of cash for a new processor and RAM kit, because an older system's boot drive is very often the main bottleneck. On the other end of the spectrum, we're awfully impressed with the AddLink module, as while it's just a hair slower than the big boys, it comes in half-terabyte capacities, and costs less. Despite its relatively lower popularity, it's also quite reliable itself. And if you're looking for durable, fast, portable storage, the AData is really hard to beat. In fact, it claims military-grade shock protection, so even if you did beat on it, it very well may make it out unscathed. Sandisk's external model is also a great buy, and is a particularly useful way to cart AAA titles over to your friends house to waste fools on their Xbox.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on March 05, 2019 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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