TechSpot: The Best Budget & Enthusiast-Level SSDs

We've been following the evolution of solid state drives for some time now, highlighting the most relevant offerings at any given time, and noting the impact newer controllers had in improving performance. The last few months have been particularly busy with Intel, OCZ, and Crucial launching their next-gen offerings at different price points and capacities.

For now it appears SSDs will continue to get faster, but in terms of pricing they're still far from becoming mainstream. The good news is that the introduction of new SATA 6Gb/s drives will surely help to push down the price of older, yet still speedy models. With an investment of just over $100 you can already jump in with a small boot drive and notice a huge performance improvement relative to a traditional hard drive.

To ease your pain in choosing the right SSD, TechSpot has put together a condensed list with some of what we consider the best SSDs in the market right now, basing our picks on performance and highlighting a slightly slower alternative offering a better cost per gigabyte value.

Read: The Best Budget & Enthusiast-Level SSDs

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I am going to take a good look at this list and decide which to buy from my primary boot drive. I would like something like 60-80GB at least so I can install the OS and some apps which I want to run faster. Think this will be a purchase for the end of the month, excited XD

I have an OWC and a new Corsair Force 3 on the way, the OWC has lasted me for a year with no problems. I hope the Force 3 will be just as good if not better.

I dont trust SSD life, it says my OWC has 70% life left but will still live till 2019.

If you are using a SSD, and would like to know how it is doing there is a handy little app called SSDlife (free). I am using an Intel X25-M 80 GB (two years old), and the app indicates it is "Healthy" (97%), and should last until April 8, 2021 (9 years 10 months 13 days).

If you can fork out some cash you cannot go wrong with a good SSD regardless of manufacturer.

I've heard some pretty discouraging things from early adopters of the OCZ 3 series drives (Vertex, Agility & the new "Solid" budget series) - lots of reports of failing drives, unsubstantial performance..

I really don't like that there's no middleground between the 60GB agility/solid 3 drives and the smallest 120GB Vertex 3 drive. I think I'll be going with a Corsair force 3 series when I'm ready to buy this year.

Caleo said,
I've heard some pretty discouraging things from early adopters of the OCZ 3 series drives (Vertex, Agility & the new "Solid" budget series) - lots of reports of failing drives, unsubstantial performance..

Running a Vertex 3 120GB SSD here on an early 2011 MBP 13" and absolutely loving the speed!