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Best SSDs 2021: SATA, NVMe, and Add-in Cards


Finding the best SSD or solid-state drive for your specific system and needs is key if you want the best gaming PC or laptop, or even if you just want a snappy productivity machine. A slow storage drive often leads to a big bottleneck, forcing your processor (even if it’s one of the best CPUs) to idly twiddle its clock cycles, waiting for data to crunch. To speed up your writes and reads, you need a speedy SSD. To figure out which is the best SSD, we test dozens of drives each year and highlight the best drives here.

We’ve also added a few best SSDs for plotting for Chia coins. You’ll find both a premium and value suggestion at the bottom of the article along with a description of the best attributes to keep an eye out for when shopping for a consumer SSD specifically for creating Chia plots.

Picking the Best SSD for You

As drives like Adata’s Falcon M.2 and the Intel 665p undercut mainstream drives on the slower SATA interface (which was originally designed for hard drives), we could be witnessing the beginning of the end of our old friend, Serial ATA. But companies are still doing new things with SATA, like Team Group’s cavernous 15.3 TB drive. Existing SATA drives will have to continue to get more affordable in order to at least compete on price, since they can’t hope to keep up with newer NVMe drives on performance.


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