Top 7 SSD Upgrades For Gaming PC 2015

It really wasn’t all that long ago before the market started to showcase and offer solid state drives or SSD’s. They were incredibly lightweight, came in a small form factor, offered a far more reliable and faster response time when it came to loading data, but on top of all that, they were expensive. These little beasts were far more expensive than a standard hard drive. Now as the market adjusted to the new trend of SSD’s, we’re starting to see more affordable options. We really would recommend upgrading to an SSD for your gaming rig. As mentioned, they will boot your OS much quicker and process data so while it won’t increase performance on your downloaded video games, it will offer faster load times for maps and levels.  We have seven best solid state drives that are worth picking up if you wish to make an upgrade on your gaming PC.

Top 7 SSD Upgrades For Gaming PC

7: Samsung 840 Evo

The Samsung 840 Evo might not come packed with a ton of storage, but it’s enough to get you going for your favorite video game titles. Offering 120 GB of storage, gamers will have plenty of space for a handful of video game titles. That is, of course after you place your operating system on the hard drive. Trust me; you’ll want to have your OS on the SSD!

Samsung-840-EVO

Rundown:

  • 120 GB
  • 540 MB/sec Read Speeds
  • 410 MB/sec Write Speeds
  • 6 GB/sec Transfer Rate

Buy: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7TE120BW) ($89)

6. Crucial MX200

If you want a bit more bang for your buck than the Crucial MX200 might be for you. Not only will this SSD be suited for your video game needs, it will come with some extra features worth mentioning. For starters, there’s a 500 GB option for about $50 more than the Samsung 840 Evo. What may be more interesting to note is that the SSD comes with RAIN technology which means if portions of your SSD that has been used for parity get corrupted, data from other components can still be retrieved.

Crucial-MX200-500GB

Rundown:

  • 500 GB
  • 550 MB/sec Read Speeds
  • 550 MB/sec Write Speeds
  • 6 GB/sec Transfer Rate

Buy: Crucial MX200 500GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT500MX200SSD1($202)

5. Samsung SSD 850 Pro

Samsung makes our list again but don't be confused. This is the Samsung 850 Pro, not to be confused with our earlier pick, the Samsung 850 Evo. The difference here is that the Pro version uses MLC NAND while the Evo uses the TLC NAND. Furthermore, the Samsung 850 Pro is also a bit faster compared. Starting at only $120 for a 256 GB SSD, this may be a pretty decent option if you're looking to store just a few video games along with the operating system.

Samsung-850-Pro

Rundown:

  • 256 GB
  • 550 MB/sec Read Speeds
  • 520 MB/Write Speeds
  • 768 MB/sec Transfer Rate

Buy: Samsung 850 Pro 256GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE256BW($159)

4. Crucial M500

If you're looking to place most if not all of your storage on a single SSD then look no further, the Crucial M500 is an SSD series is a beastly little SSD. Not only does this SSD hold its own against our other picks but it has one key feature. The Crucial M500 has a 960 GB SSD option but because of the large storage capacity, you will be shelling out a bit more money for this SSD. The 960 GB variant of the Crucial M500 will run you about $300, but you will get plenty of storage space for your video games, OS, among other content.

Crucial-M500-960GB

Rundown:

  • 960 GB
  • 500 MB/sec Read Speeds
  • 400 MB/sec write speeds
  • 600 MB/sec Transfer Rate

Buy: Crucial M500 960GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT960M500SSD1 ($321)

3. Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme

The M5 Pro Xtreme is the flagship SSD from Plextor. Not only is it known for its reliability but its consistent speeds thanks to the True Speed technology. With the technology build into the SSD, the M5 Pro Xtreme will not feature any speed drops and will continue to run performance at a consistent high speed. Again, like the Crucial M500, this SSD will run you a bit of money as it running around $200.

Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme

Rundown:

  • 256 GB
  • 540 MB/sec Read Speeds
  • 460 MB/sec Write Speeds
  • 500 MB/sec Transfer Rate

Buy: Plextor M5P Xtreme Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive PX-256M5PRO ($249)

2. Corsair Neutron GTX

If you're looking to get a speedy little SSD without having to break the bank then the Corsair Neutron GTX might be the perfect SSD for you. This is a 128 GB SSD that makes up for its smaller size for impressive speeds. With positive reviews from critics and consumers alike, the SSD will be a great pick up for only $103.

Corsair Neutron GTX

Rundown:

  • 128 GB
  • 560 MB/sec Read Speeds
  • 535 MB/sec Write Speeds
  • 540 MB/sec Transfer Rate

Buy: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 6Gbps 2.5-Inch SATA 3 Exclusive LAMD LM87800 Synchronous Solid State Drive CSSD-N120GBGTXB-BK ($109)

1. Seagate 600 SSD

Lastly, we have the Seagate 600 SSD which has a feature we quite like. This SSD has a system boot drive which consumers can load specific programs onto that are the priority. Essentially not only will your entire computer load your files and programs fast but the SSD will load up your most used programs almost instantly. Seagate 600 is the best recommended SSD in our list.

Seagate 600 SSD

Rundown:

  • 120 GB
  • 530 MB/sec Read Speeds
  • 440 MB/sec Write Speeds
  • 400 MB/sec Transfer Rate

Buy: Seagate 600 SSD 240 GB SATA 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch 7mm Z-Height Solid State Drive ST240HM000 ($304)