TechSpot: The Best SSD for Less Than $100, Roundup

Computers relying solely on age old hard disk drive technology should be deemed a thing of the past. Mechanical devices suffer from slow response times, so if and when performance matters, spending a small amount of money on upgrading a PC's boot drive could pay off enough to render other potential upgrades useless.

But of course, the major issue with SSD adoption over the past few years has been price, the astronomically high price when you are counting in hundreds of gigabytes. In today's comparison review we are going to look at 8 popular SSDs that cost $100 or less and feature capacities of up to 128GB.

The contenders include the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB, Samsung 840 120GB and Crucial m4 128GB. The most affordable high-capacity SSD featured in our roundup is the Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB, while the OCZ Vertex 4 64GB, Crucial m4 64GB and Samsung 830 64GB should all offer stellar performance for under $80.

Read: Budget SSD Roundup: The Best SSD for Less Than $100

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I use 2x Vertex 4's in raid 0. These are not sandforce which has caused some headaches but I get some wicked speeds. Took a gamble since they were a new controller.

Very pleased the live boot CD upgrade the firmware with out breaking raid. =)

My AS-SSD scores are about 1500 and I used 2x 128GB, they were $100 a piece and the speed is well worth the money.

I just run windows and steam off it all storage hits my raids 5

Edited by 1WayJonny, Nov 14 2012, 8:14pm :

anyone actually using the Samsun 840 drives? The TLC memory kind of scares me with how low the write cycles are... cramming that many states into one bit.. the 830 with MLC flash works great though

neufuse said,
anyone actually using the Samsun 840 drives? The TLC memory kind of scares me with how low the write cycles are... cramming that many states into one bit.. the 830 with MLC flash works great though

sorry, didn't mean to write bit, meant to write cell

neufuse said,
anyone actually using the Samsun 840 drives? The TLC memory kind of scares me with how low the write cycles are... cramming that many states into one bit.. the 830 with MLC flash works great though

I read a review for the Samsung 840 and it's not Worth getting... You only gain power consumption and a little read speed... The 830 series behave far well compared to it and the price is affordable.

Mushkin has been my go to brand for SSD's. I recently bought my third SSD from them and will soon embark on a replacing a Samsung SSD and a platter drive with the SSD's I freed up with my recent purchase.

Speed, performance, and a current backup are enough to offset any concerns I may have about reliability.

I wonder why nobody includes Corsair Force GT3 SSD's in these roundups. I've considered them to be the best in my builds and I've used most listed in this article with the exception of Samsung. Am I way off base?

Using myself Samsung SSD 830 128GB as OS disk for my desktop, and 256GB version for my laptop, i can guarantee that SSD change the PC experience a lot.
Performance has increased at 200% and with all benefits of SSD, PC makers should consider the idea to build new computers with SSD as primary drive and HDD as data storage drive..
The Samsung SSD are very reliable for my part. The prices of SSD are also decreasing..

I particularly don't like SSDs because they are by far less reliable than HDDs. However, I found out that having two partitions, one with an os for entertainment purposes using a SSD and another for working HDD is quite nice to have, also Samsung 830 128GB is very nice for it.

Arceles said,
I particularly don't like SSDs because they are by far less reliable than HDDs. However, I found out that having two partitions, one with an os for entertainment purposes using a SSD and another for working HDD is quite nice to have, also Samsung 830 128GB is very nice for it.

I can assure you, the benefits of SSD outweigh the 'possible' reliability issue (which is such a tiny fraction issue it's not even worth mentioning!).

Any data sensitive user should back up all the time regardless of hard drive type.

My 2011 MBP had SSD and my 2012 MBPR has SSD and I will never go back to slow land hard drives!

Arceles said,
I particularly don't like SSDs because they are by far less reliable than HDDs. However, I found out that having two partitions, one with an os for entertainment purposes using a SSD and another for working HDD is quite nice to have, also Samsung 830 128GB is very nice for it.

Knock on wood, but I have not had any problems with mine and ive had it for like 2 years. Its an OCZ agility something 64GB. Paid like $90 for it, got it because back then that was a steal. Anyway, I also did it because of the point you made. I have a gamers laptop so it has an extra hdd slave slot so I have a 500gb regular hdd and my 64gb ssd in the main. It all works so beautifully, having the OS and my main programs (office, etc.) on the ssd has made the already fast computer operations zippy zip fast! Its so worth it (just the graph they had in the comparisons where they showed the sustain read/write with the ssd's and the hdd at the very bottom. They are all like .8 whereas the hdd is like 7.x... lol horrible.) thinking about upgrading this one someday to a 128 quite possibly...

PS. It also saves life on the slave drive if you do this setup, as the slave barely runs :-) (if used solely for backup)

Arceles said,
I particularly don't like SSDs because they are by far less reliable than HDDs. However, I found out that having two partitions, one with an os for entertainment purposes using a SSD and another for working HDD is quite nice to have, also Samsung 830 128GB is very nice for it.

Have you used one as the system drive before? It makes the computer so much faster and smoother that you'll never want to go back. I haven't had any issues and I own 6 SSDs. Important files are regularly backed up, my desktop makes a whole system image onto a large HDD daily, and my laptop does the same weekly just in case.

SSD adoption has been slow not only because of price but because of storage capabilities. If consumers see a number bigger than another they instantly think that one is better the write speed is of absolutely no importance to them. Nice comparison btw!

ingramator said,
SSD adoption has been slow not only because of price but because of storage capabilities. If consumers see a number bigger than another they instantly think that one is better the write speed is of absolutely no importance to them. Nice comparison btw!

The third word is stability.