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Best SSD 2024: The top 5 solid-state drives around

PCs saw a significant jump in performance when the world began to ditch mechanical HDD (hard disk drives) as the main source of storage and adopted the SSD (solid-state drive). Having an SSD boosts everything from loading times in games to the boot-up speed of your machine. The popularity of this technology now means that there are plenty of options to choose from, so we’ve tested all the best SSD options to help guide you through.

To give you the full picture of the SSDs available right now, as always with our best lists, we’ve thoroughly tested each device using benchmarks and real-world experiences. Our experts then give you all the key details in our reviews and explain how these results are likely to impact you.

We haven’t had the chance to test out PCIe 5.0 SSDs quite yet, so do keep an eye out for our reviews of those in the near future. PCIe 5.0 is the next generation of storage technology and aims to provide faster read and write speeds.

As well as updating this guide with new SSDs that sport new and exciting technology, there are plenty of interesting options still coming out using the methods available right now. As such, it’s always worth bookmarking this page and checking back as we regularly update this page with the latest SSDs our experts have tested.

Along with our in-depth testing of SSDs, we’ve reviewed a range of PC components to help you kit out your device. For our guides on these, check out best gaming CPUs, best graphics cards and more.

Best SSDs at a glance

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When testing an SSD, we use both synthetic benchmark tests, while also determining file transfers via both Steam and Windows explorer. We also factor in the likes of price, design and temperature when reaching a final score.

Kingston KC3000

Best overall SSD
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  • Great pricing
  • Strong sequence performance
  • Good heatsink


  • Average write endurance
  • Leading models are similarly priced

The Kingston KC3000 is currently the best SSD we have reviewed. It gets the nod from us for its attractive pricing, strong performance and top-notch heatsink.

In our testing, we found it to be on par with the very best around and even keeping pace with high-performance models like the SK Hynix Platinum P41 despite being a cheaper offering. The KC3000 also toppled our previous best SSD pick, the PNY XLR8 CS3140, with read speeds of 6411.51MB/s and write coming in at 6433.99MB/s. The read speeds were a close run thing but the write speeds were absolutely knock-out win for the Kingston. It was the top scorer in our Anvil Pro SSD benchmarking test too.

The design is a straightforward one, preventing any unnecessary frills from getting in the way, but you do get a handy heatsink. The Phison E18 controller enables the speedy rates. Ideally, there’s a 5-year warranty as well, covering you for potential damage and data corruption.

Reviewer: Aleksha McLoughlin
Full review: Kingston KC3000 review

WD Black SN850 1TB

Best value SSD
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  • Great sequential performance
  • Frequently discounted in 2022
  • Well built


  • Usurped by the WD Black SN850X
  • It gets really hot

The WD Black SN850 may not be one of the most affordable SSDs on this list, but we nevertheless think it represents superb value due to its excellent performance. It’s also frequently discounted, with the 1TB variation dropping as low as £118.99.

This SSD is compatible with PCs as well as the PS5 console, and it managed to get read and write scores of up to 7,000MB/s and 5,300MB/s, respectively. File transfer speeds were very impressive, with the 110GB Mortal Kombat 11 transferring over from another Gen 4 SSD at just 1.65GB/s.

There is a drawback to the heatsink model though, as the drive can get very hot during extended use. However, since the average person won’t be testing their SSD in this manner, we can’t see this being a huge issue for most people, even if it is something to be aware of.

Overall, if you’re looking to upgrade your setup but don’t want to break the bank, the WD Black SN850 is one of the best options on the market, and since it can be found in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB variations, you should be able to find a configuration and price that works best for you.

Reviewer: Aleksha McLoughlin
Full review: WD Black SN850 review

SK Hynix Platinum P41

Best high performance SSD
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  • Pushes the limits of Gen 4.0
  • Strong random performance
  • High write endurance and durability


  • Less than a month until Gen 5.0 launches
  • Premium price tag
  • Availability is limited right now

This SSD is a powerhouse and really pushes the limits of what a Gen 4.0 SSD is capable of. One of the biggest downsides of the SK Hynix Platinum P41 is the premium price, which is a little hard to swallow since the new PCle Gen 5.0 generation is almost on its way, but it might just be worth it if you’re after the best performance.

It comes with a 176-layer NAND flash memory which allows for some of the highest write endurance of any M.2 NVMe form factor drive we’ve tested. The SK Hynix Platinum P41 can achieve up to 7,000MB/s write scores and 6,500MB/s read scores, positioning this drive as one of the strongest performers to date.

And if you’re looking for something to game with, this SSD had near non-existent loading times with titles specifically optimised for Gen 4.0 speeds, with Halo Infinite loading up seriously quickly.

If you’re trying to save money we would recommend you look at the WD Black SN850 or the Solidigm P41 Plus. But if money is no object, this is one of the fastest SSDs currently available, coming in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB variations.

Reviewer: Aleksha McLoughlin
Full review: SK Hynix Platinum P41 review

Solidigm P41 Plus

Best budget M.2 SSD
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  • Competitively priced
  • Decent sequential performance
  • Solid construction


  • Gen 4.0 about to become outdated
  • No hardware encryption

The Solidigm P41 Plus is very affordable, and the cheapest M.2 SSD on this list. This is not an SSD to consider if you are looking for the best speeds on the market, but for the price, we thought that it was able to hold its own where it matters most, in game.

As you may notice, the read and write speeds here are not as impressive as some of the other entries on this list. Testing the 1TB model, the write speeds came out at 4,125MB/s with the read speeds reaching 2,950MB/s. We thought that loading times were light, even in demanding titles, and almost non-existent for older games like Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator.

For a Gen 4.0 device, this a bargain buy and should pack enough power for a lot of gamers out there. However, it is limited in terms of power and since it’s already overshadowed by its current generation, Gen 5.0 SSDs will definitely blow it out of the water.

If a lower price point is more important to you than performance, this is one of the best SSD options we’ve reviewed, but we would recommend checking out slightly more expensive drives for better long-term value.

Reviewer: Aleksha McLoughlin
Full review: SK Hynix Platinum P41 review

Samsung 860 Evo

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  • Huge choice of capacity
  • Well priced
  • Good all-round performance
  • Excellent endurance


  • Not that much faster than previous drive

The Samsung 860 Evo is capable of squeezing every last drop of performance from its old SATA interface. It’s important to note that anyone with a modern NVMe-compatible computer can benefit from the newer M.2 SSD standard, like the PNY XLR8 CS3140. However, Samsung’s solution is still perfectly serviceable and will be compatible with older setups that don’t support NVMe drives.

With the older SATA standard limited to 600MB/s speeds, the Samsung 860 Evo sees low read and write scores coming in at 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively. This means it’s not a great option for gamers, or anyone who wants speedy boot-up times and quick data transfer speeds.

But it will provide serviceable loading and transfer times for anyone who just wants a PC for basic productivity tasks. It’s also a great affordable pick for those who want plenty of storage space at an affordable price, with a fantastic range of configurations including 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB. With so many options you should be able to find a price point and storage option that’s right for you.

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full review: Samsung 860 Evo review

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What is a SATA?

This is the cheapest type of SSD. It connects through your motherboard’s SATA ports and is the slowest form of SSD, topping out at about 500-600MB/s. The current version of SATA is SATA III.

What is an M.2?

This is a specific physical SSD format. Confusingly it can use both the SATA or PCIe lanes on your motherboard, but either way it fits into a smaller M.2 slot. M.2 SATA drives are most commonly found on ultra-thin laptops to save space (M.2 is very small) and cost (sometimes only using SATA-speed storage). If you’re buying an M.2 SSD for your desktop, make sure it’s an NVMe drive.

What is an NAND Flash?

Negative AND Logic gates. They’re similar to the chips used in RAM, but they can store data even when there’s no power flowing through them. They form the basis of all SSDs.

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