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SSD Review – Which Should You Buy? – 2017 Edition

SSD Review – Which Should You Buy? – 2017 Edition

Hello and welcome to tech deals which solid state drive should you buy in 2017 For your new computer or upgrading an existing computer I have tested 35 different drives and brought you the best 10 which you can see here on the desk


UPDATE – NVMe SSD Review next week, this video is all about SATA Drives…

NOTE – Prices change VERY often for these drives, there is a sale on one or more of them almost every week, so check them all to see where the deal is each week…

35 Drives – The 35 drives tested ranged from the 10 you see here to other models such as the SanDisk SSD Plus, Corsair Force LE, Crucial BX200, SanDisk X400s, Transcend 370s, Silicon Power S55, and older drives such as the Intel 300 series.

I didn't include every benchmark to try and keep down the clutter and frankly the ones not included aren't worth considering, so I focused on the 10 good drives!

I have a dell inspiron 7567 and im thinking about changing the hdd for an ssd. i intend to use it as my main drive and get a 1tb ssd. anyone have suggestions?

Excellent review & I have a simple interesting request. ?Could you look at the performance of four SATA3 SSDs in RAID0? In theory it should be ~3.5x better performance than anyone SATA3 SSD & thus close to NVME M.2 SSDs. Thks TomB

Hey tech, crazy idea here but how about more entertaining videos. I love learning (probably more than the next guy if im honest) and I still just see this as a how to be practical channel. It would be awesome if you could wrap entertaining in some how. Been a sub since about 75k however long thats been. Love the content… But if the presentation were more intresting maybe you'd get more views.

Honestly you may have 900 videos but total you probably have like 90 topics covered 10 different ways… Which is great for informed purchases not as great for content that makes me want to sit down a relisten to old videos.

none of them, since ram is cheap you simpy create a drive out of them. add a battery so the memory isnt volitile. and voila, you have a ramdrive thats not only FASTER then an ssd.. it has no limited writes.. (wont turn into an expensive doorstop) and can actually be cheaper, givin ran is so cheap here

You’re like the Mr Rogers or Mr Wizard of tech and I find you almost scary but likable at the same time. I don’t know what that means but I trust you.

I can't thank you enough I have alienware from Dell and I'm going to go for what you said Samsung since it compatible with Dell I just wish you keep something for clone and fake ssd . How to spot it since there are everywhere

I have only a hard drive in my system and I use it mainly to view internet, browsing, YouTube and watching video websites like Hulu and Korean drama websites. I am only using about 55GB total of my Hard Drive.

can anyone help me out. i have a 2012 MacBook pro and I'm gonna switch from WD to either 1 500gb SSD from Samsung or remove my dvd reader and install two 250GB SSD drives. im not gonna do anything crazy just everyday use and not much gaming only like minecraft. is it worth it removing dvd reader for a second 250GB SSD drive or one 500GB drive is plenty? i have plenty of space on my 500gb WD so im not using it up at all thanks

Will an SSD help much with a SATA I pc? I ask because I don't see them for SATA I only see SATA II, III? What would be the transfer rate on a SATA I HP PAVILION P6654Y 4GB RAM QUAD Core processor? I know it's old like me! Was think about a 6 core 1055t cpu or 1065t upgrade but don't know if it's worth it with this old PC (1TB VIDEO card also) Merry Christmas

Hi. Over 12 months later and still useful as i need to replace my old 2010 HP laptop from the old mechanical drive with a new drive and i might as well go with a new SSD drive.

Your tutorials are very good / excellent with clear information that is not all technical jargon

Your presentation is excellent, If i can add 2 things which may just apply to this specific video – please do not take it as negative criticism

(A) The graph initially surprised me, i then realized that the last item was clearly identified as a 7200RPM and in playing it back you did mention i t was there to compare SSD to HDD, this is great, but i would have used a different colour, the result bars are close to zero so no real way of doing that, but the product identification ie WD 1T 7200rpm may have been edited to another colour eg yellow or something to make it stand out as different or a older standard / benchmark.

No big deal, i do this at work for excel to show comparison to lat year or 3 year average as i cant always have the odd one out of the bottom and if it is mixed in the other data due to fluctuating results it make it easy to spot

(B) For most laptops there is only one physical space for a drive, commonly 2.5, some new ones may have both a 2.5 bay and a M.2 slot – so typically and on le equipment that is being replaced / upgraded you should can only get a good single SSD as you mentioned – and i agree on the capacity issue

But for a desktop that has the space that can run 2 physical devices eg 2.5 or 3.5 can run for example a SSD for the boot device, then simply and cheaply buy a tradition HDD – mechanical hard disk drive , for people with games or media files, the price per Gig of a mechanical drive can easliy give you 3 to 5 times the storage space eg the price of say a 240G SSD is the same as a 1T HDD – I call it give and take or best of both worlds

Again, excellent info as always


Love the way you explain things. Straight, simple, precise. You are very practical in your explaination. You give details that matter. Thanks.

I don't see the Intel 545s in your top 10. How is that?
Is it because Intel refused to pay you or give you free stuff to be on your list.

I use an SSD for Windows and HDD's for mass storage/scratch disks. I just bought a 256Gb Samsung 860 Pro to replace my ailing 120Gb Kingston HyperX Fury SSD.

I wanna buy SATA SSD, but I don't know which if these three is better in performance, quality etc. : Samsung 860 Evo 1TB, Adata XPG SX950 960GB or Adata SU800 1TB?

So why were the drives you didn't recommend not recommended? 🙂 Also of those you did review, which are more reliable? I know you say they are all virtually the same , so why would some of those brands on websites like Amazon ad other have such varying reviews? If there a quality issue that should you should consider? Love the reviews BTW. Thanks for putting this in a straight forward fashion and not just exclaim one as the best simply by reading the specs or by one simple, non-real world benchmark test.

I would love a new shoot out with SSD 2TB and above. I'm not going to buy in 2019 anything smaller than 2TB, which seems to be the sweet spot in pricing. ($285-$325)

1:11 yeah… Most drives perform between the fastest and the slowest. Basically all, except the fastest and the slowest. (facepalm) Carry on.. 🙂

<120GB useless? Rubbish. Unless you can only have a single drive. Even in 2019 it's worth having a smaller system drive, and add a large data drive. On higher budget, buy a 120GB nvme and a 1TB sata, on a medium one a small Samsung for system and a large dram-less for data, and on a tight budget you buy any small ssd for system, and a 2nd hand hdd for bulk data. In fact, with care, even a 64GB sys drive will do, especially for W7, or even 32GB for linux.

Hi. Thanks for this informative video and thanks for making it as simple as possible by showing those complex and confusing charts.

Please answer my question: My laptop 1TB hdd failed and I want to switch to an ssd. But in order to my budget I can't afford 1 TB one. Is it suitable to get a 500 GB or not??

I love how you started your video by giving us a quick comparison and a longer one if one wants to stay and watch the entire video. Thank you.

Regards on the suberb presentation and explanation about the various models. One more subscriber here. 🙂 . Btw, the 174 thumbs down, where the people that realized that they,have bought another ssd model instead of this ones presented!

EDIT: bought today ( 18/04 ) here in Portugal the kingston A400 480gb for 49,90€ for replacing one of my 2 mechanical disks. Already have the v200 also from kingston! Think it was a good price!

What do you think about Dram-less ssd (ex: kingston a400) vs regular ssd (ex: crucial mx500) in terms of durability and reliability?

This was best ssd explanation video I saw on youtube. You have very well explained about all the aspects one should consider when buying ssd for normal users and power users.

Would you recommend using the program from ADATA or SanDisk (Acronis) for cloning/mirror imaging or the one from ASUS that's allowed w/owning one of their motherboards? I have a custom build gaming PC, so there's no pre-built OEM issues; also, I don't see the SanDisk Plus on the desk, so would you recommend it at all?

Lmao I have a 256 ssd and for gaming I'd say you need at least 1tb ssd to be okay, I've already run out of space long ago and had to use the slow af 1tb HDD that came with the PC. Great video as always. You're clear as fuck, straight to the point, no 15 second intro, no yelling into the mic and loud background music. Keep it up, sub from me

I have a 1 TB 2.5HDD on my laptop now planning to get an SATA-3 SSD of 240 GB. I am going to install it on my CD drive space with an 2.5HDD Cady . I am a Linux user, So is this a good idea, do I have an performance improvement if installing an SSD along with HDD. I want to install SSD for only the root partition and HDD for the Home, Boot and swap partition. Sir please reply

Thanks so much for the great work! Just wanted to ask what is the best ssd for my regular old 13 inch Macbook pro late 2011 with a good price?

Samsung and Patriot SSD. The best i ever build Desktop and upgrade Laptop in my first built SSD on computer.

You say a120gb isn't gonna cut it, cause afterwards you only have like 80gbs.
But what if you're just gonna use it as a boot drive, And you're planning on buying another hdd for everything else?

Do you know anyone who bought a consumer drive that died after a few hours of use? If a drive is new out of the box it may fail immediately. Thereafter, the same terrabyte limits are where the manufacturer wants to no longer support the drive. I would suggest that any drive will last at more than 1.5 times to 2.0 times the manufacturer's warranty.

Love this Channel, no gimmicky intros, no arm waving, or street verbals. Just straight tech talk, thanks . Just needs a 2019 update. I'm considering the Crucial MX500 (500gig) to replace aging HHDs.

Usually so in depth with your videos. A very important factor in a component's warranty is not just how long the warranty is, but the quality of warranty. Is the company a hassle to deal with? Do they take a long time to respond? Do they take a long time to replace? Are they even located in North America? Do some companies offer an easier time as opposed to a company that is a bigger hassle to deal with? Some companies will do anything to get out of replacing your drive (Samsung) while other companies may not even respond to your inquiries at all (Adata).
I'd take Western Digital's 3 year warranty over Samsung's 5 year any day, even though the failure rates of Samsung drives are actually lower.

This video is definitely the end of my 2hrs research!
for the first time ever im upgrading to an SSD and i had no clue where to star even tho im kinda aware about what specs means and stuff like that. but this video gave me such confidence to go ahead and buy my new SSD. im definitely using your links, definitely pressing like and OF COURSE SUSCRIBING!

Thank you so much!

Jose Silvera, Venezuela.

Crucial MX 500's are even better and closer to Samsung performance. Within 10% and usually about 10% cheaper.
My 2nd choice after Samsung. Warranty included as Samsung have the 5 yr warranty not 3 yrs.

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