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Budget 1TB SSDs (May 2016)

Forget HDDs, SSDs are the future of storage! Here's how to add 1TB high-performance storage to your PC for as little as $250.

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Topic: Storage
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB
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SanDisk Ultra II 960GB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 500 MBps
  • SanDisk nCache 2.0 technology delivers enhanced speed and endurance
  • Random read/write speeds of up to 98K IOPS/80K IOPS
  • SSD Dashboard and cloning software download

Price: $249

Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 1TB
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Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 1TB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 460 MBps
  • Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller

Price: $219

Patriot Blast 960GB
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Patriot Blast 960GB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 540 MBps
  • Phison S10 Series Controller
  • DRAM Cache: 1024MB
  • TRIM support (O/S dependent)
  • End-to-end data path protection (ETEP)
  • Advanced Garbage Collection
  • Smart ECC
  • Smart Refresh

Price: Around $250

Patriot Ignite 960GB
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Patriot Ignite 960GB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 545 MBps
  • DRAM Cache: 1024MB
  • End-to-end data path protection (ETEP)
  • Advanced wear-leveling
  • Advanced Garbage Collection
  • Smart ECC
  • Smart Refresh

Price: $340

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
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Samsung 850 EVO 1TB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 540 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 520 MBps
  • 3D V-NAND flash memory architecture
  • Samsung's Magician software enables RAPID Mode for up to 2x faster performance

Price: $311

OCZ Vector 180 960GB
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OCZ Vector 180 960GB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 530 MBps
  • Proprietary OCZ Barefoot 3 controller technology combined with the latest Toshiba A19 nm flash
  • Power Failure Management (PFM) helps prevent 'brick drive syndrome' that can occur during sudden power losses
  • Advanced firmware suite of NAND flash management keeps your drive at higher sustained performance over the long term comparing to competing solutions
  • Excellent endurance rating at 50GB/ day of host writes for 5 years perfect for power user applications and workloads

Price: Around $400

Crucial MX200 1TB
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Crucial MX200 1TB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 555 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 500 MBps

Price: Around $329

Toshiba Q300 960GB
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Toshiba Q300 960GB

  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 530 MBps

Price: $315

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