Top 5 Best SSDS For Gaming Under $500
A couple of years ago you had to be rich to be able to purchase a 1TB SSD for your gaming PC. Nowadays with the prices dropping, they have become more and more accessible to everyone. In fact, that is the reason we wrote this article, to share our top picks of the best SSDS for gaming under $500.
If you have a big budget, which I assume since you are here, these SSDs are perfect for you. These have so much storage room that it gives you the freedom to not install a regular HDD in your gaming PC, you can solely rely on the SSD.
In this article, we have rounded up five of the best SSD for gaming under $500. Based on their storage capacity, their overall performance and their price. Most of them are similar regarding performance, making none of our options a bad choice.
Editor’s Pick: Our big winner here is the SanDisk Ultra II 1TB SATA III SSD. This SSD is one of the best in this price range. It offers 1TB of disk space, great sequential write and read speed, a 3-year warranty, good quality and very easy to install. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on an SSD, then this one is perfect for you.
Best SSDS For Gaming Under $500
|Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E1T0/AM)||Check Price|
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Let’s start off our list with a monster. The Samsung 850 Evo. This is a very solid and reliable SSD, with its huge storage capacity of 1TB, you will not need additional storage space with this baby. It is very similar to our other picks in term of free space.
The Samsung 850 Evo is one of the most performing SSD on our list. With an incredible sequential speed of 540MB/s and a good amount of sequential write speed of 520 MB/s, making it one of the strongest SSD on our list. The only SSD that can top this one is our last pick the Samsung 850 PRO.
The Samsung Pro has some differences. The first one is very minimal. The Samsung Evo has 540MB/s compared to 550MB/s of read speed, which is so small you won’t even see it. The second one is the years of warranty. This model has 5 years compare to the Pro model which has 10 years. Last difference is the price. The pro is way more expensive than the Evo model.
Overall, the samsung 850 EVO is a great option for the price.
|SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive 1TB (SDSSDHII-1T00-G25)||Check Price|
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The second one on our list, the SanDisk Ultra II. In my opinion, this one is the best option in this price range, for a couple of different reasons. First of all is the price, it is one of our less expensive option on our list. Not to worry that does not mean it can’t compare to our other SSD regarding performance.
In fact, the SanDisk is very strong for the price. With a fantastic sequential read speed of 545 MB/s and an excellent sequential write speed of 525 MB/s this model can compare to the strongest SSDs on our list, all that while being way less expensive. Plus it as an awesome random read speed compare to the ADATA on our list.
Overall, this is a very solid and reliable hardware for what it costs. In terms of storage room, performance and quality. A very good option.
|Crucial MX300 1TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD - CT1050MX300SSD1||Check Price|
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Another great option if you don’t want to spend a fortune and get a good performance. The Crucial MX300 is the cheapest SSD on our list. Not regarding performance or capacity, but in terms of what it costs compared to our other picks. I don’t mean a couple of bucks, I mean a couple of hundred of dollars difference.
You read that correctly, but having such a big cost difference does not mean it is not good. In fact, this SSD offers a good amount of sequential speed of 530 MB/s and a sequential read speed of 510 MB/s. Which is amazing for what it costs, and if you compare it to other SSDs on our list you will see the difference is not enormous.
Ultimately this SSD is perfect if you’re on a budget, which I assume you aren’t since you are looking for a high-end SSD for your gaming PC. Nonetheless this is a very solid option for the price.
|ADATA Premier SP550 960GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Solid State Drive (ASP550SS3-960GM-C)||Check Price|
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The ADATA is the weakest SSD regarding performance on our list. This does not mean it is not good, in fact, it is very similar to our last pick if you compare their performance, their storage capacity and their price. Plus this one has low power consumption, which is a neat little plus.
Compare to other SSDs on our list this one is not too far in terms of power. The ADATA offers a sequential read speed of 520 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 490 MB/s. As you can see the difference is not that significant when comparing the ADATA to our other pick.
Unfortunately, our previous pick is a little bit more performant than the ADATA for about the same price. So in the end the decision is yours.
|Samsung 850 PRO - 1TB - 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE1T0BW)||Check Price|
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The last but not the least! The Samsung 850 Pro is a monster. This brand of SSD has been regarded as the top brand of SSD. However, in my opinion, there is not much of a difference between the high-end SSDs on the market, on paper you can see the difference, but regarding pure performance, it is very hard to see.
I still decide to include this beast on our list, despite its high price, some people like to have the best performing gear for their gaming PC. This model offers an incredible sequential read speed of 550 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 520 MB/s making it the strongest SSD on our list. On top of that it as a fantastic random read/write speed.
It also offers an enormous 10-year warranty, no other SSD on our list offers that much. Ultimately, the 850 Pro is probably the best SSD for gaming, and it is one of the first to be powered by Samsung’s V-NAND technology, but it costs a small fortune. If you’re on a budget, I’d recommend going with another pick.
This concludes our list of the best SSDS for gaming under $500. As you may have seen these SSDs are very powerful, plus they offer an enormous storage room, you will be able to install your operating system and your favorite video games without having to worry about filling it too much.
At first sight, these might seem very expensive but think about it. These have so much storage place that you don’t even need an extra HDD in your gaming PC. So instead of buying a smaller SSD plus an HDD, you could invest a little bit more and buy a bigger SSD. To be honest, 1 TB is more than enough for any gamers.
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