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Group test: what's the best SSD (solid-state drive)?

The Top 5 SSDs (Solid-State Drives) you can buy

What's the best SSD (solid-state drives)? - SSDs run silent and faster than traditional hard drives, with no spinning platters inside. As prices finally start to drop and storage capacities increase, PC Advisor tests five of the latest models.

5. Samsung 840 Pro 512GB

Samsung 840 Pro 512GB
  • Reviewed on: 22 May 13
  • RRP: £370 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

There's little doubt that when working correctly the Samsung 840 Pro is one of the top consumer solid-state drives available today. Pricing is very competitive and the essential small-file IOPS performance is on the money too.

4. Samsung 840 EVO mSATA 500 GB

Samsung 840 EVO mSATA 500 GB
  • Reviewed on: 21 January 14
  • RRP: £402 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Samsung 840 EVO in its miniaturised mSATA form remains a force to be reckoned with. It effectively met the performance of the Samsung 840 EVO we first tested last year, and in some metrics was found to slightly exceed those results. If you're looking for a high-performance mSATA SSD for your laptop, PC or storage product we have to concede this little drive really delivers.

3. Plextor M5 Pro

Plextor M5 Pro
  • Reviewed on: 21 May 13
  • RRP: £174 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Performance and the quality assurance look to be right up near the top, yet the Plextor M5 Pro is about the cheapest high-performance drive in our recent group test group. With those worthy attributes, it deserves our Best Buy award from a talented group of overachievers.

2. Crucial M500

Crucial M500
  • Reviewed on: 21 May 13
  • RRP: £320 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Crucial has returned to the hit list of must-have SSDs with its M500. Not because it’s the fastest but because it has great multi-platform PC support, a good balance of large- and small-file transfer speeds, and an attractive price without relying on slower performance three-layer cell (TLC) flash technology. And if it’s terabyte-class flash SATA storage you’re looking for, it’s currently the only player in town.

1. Samsung 840 EVO 750GB

Samsung 840 EVO 750GB
  • Reviewed on: 19 August 13
  • RRP: £415.99 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Samsung 840 EVO 750GB is a triumph in solid-state technology, combining for the first time vast capacity by flash standards, with lightning performance, and at an approachable price. Smart data juggling tactics keeps its data moving briskly in real-world daily tasks, to the great benefit of any user lucky to have this drive as their computer's beating heart.

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