The CPU performance is becoming faster and his new unforeseen heights, processors, increasingly spend time waiting on data from hard drives. It is the most important fact which makes speedier storage necessary along with faster processors. In this article, we offer SSD buying advice, before getting into the nitty-gritty of SSD reviews. These are our reviews of Best SSDs in Pakistan you can buy in 2017/18.
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General Buying Advice
Solid state storage is standard issue for storing data in tablets and smartphones. These SSD’s can be pretty handy for desktop PCs and especially in laptops, the speed of SSD compared to traditional hard drive is one of the biggest and most valid reasons to upgrade to SSD.
The fragile magnetic disk whirring at 90 or 120 times every second but SSDs (solid state drive) store data on shock-resistant silicon chips. Some people use word ‘memory’ when they mean storage, but lines are blurred with NAND flash technology, which is a non-volatile memory. In other words, a RAM that keeps data even after the system is switched off.
The big incentive to go with flash remains sheer data-hurting performance. The bits can be read and written hundreds and thousands of time faster than conventional hard-disk drives.
The speed factor is much more than go-faster. If you have been using a computer for a decade, you may have discussed computer performance over processor, graphics card and RAM, But the SSD performance is about overall user experience. It makes everything runs 1000 times faster than a conventional drive. It doesn’t matter whether you have AMD’s or Intel processor it will make your computer fly.
Buying a SSD for your computer
The performance regarding the speed with which data can be read or written has plateaued among best SSDs. The Serial SATA interface between flash and your CPU is increasingly narrowing bottleneck.
If you are building or even upgrading a PC, there are chances that you will be turning to old tried and tested Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface also known as SATA III. This bus has 750MB/s nominal speed as they suggest but in the real world, it is somewhere near to 600MB/s.
There are various technologies SSD manufacturers choose to utilize, from a multi-level cell (MLC) to the cheaper triple-level cell flash (TLC) architectures. You might even come across the rare and more expensive single-level cell (SLC) drive. The differences between the cell technologies boil down to some bits (data) that a single cell (within the SSD) can handle. TLC controls three, MLC, two and SLC one. The higher the number of bits per cell, the increased likelihood of failure, inconsistencies, and most importantly performance. However, as this is a general sweeping statement, manufacturers have found ways around the limitations of SSD technology, but it’s worth noting what is being used in your SSD, regardless of how it performs.
When buying an SSD, look out for extended warranties and high write limits if you prize data integrity, although, with the help of proper backup routines, data loss is less of an issue today. Different SSDs demand more or less power in active use or when idle, and there are various power ratings again for when a laptop is in a sleep or hibernation mode.
We would recommend benchmarking your SSD upon receiving it and making sure it’s connected to the fastest SATA port available. Also, check that all your motherboard drivers are up to date.
Best SSDs in Pakistan
1. Samsung 960 Evo – Overall Best SSD
Capacity: 250GB/500GB/1TB | Interface: PCIe | Warranty: 3-years | Price: Rs. 17,000
This is the top SSD on the market, and with good reason. It’s astonishingly fast, with up to 3200 MBps read and 1900 MBps write speeds. That’s due to the PCIe interface, which allows light-years faster speeds than the already extremely quick SATA interface. On top of that, it’s available with up to 1TB capacity. And it only requires 5.7 watts of power when active and a mere 1.2 watts when idle.
2. Samsung 960 Pro – Best NVMe SSD
Capacity: 512GB/1TB/2TB | Interface: PCIe | Warranty: 3-years | Price: Rs. 38,000
The NVMe standard is designed to maximize the strengths of solid-state drives, and the Samsung 960 Pro takes full advantage. With an M.2 form factor and ridiculous read speeds of up to 3500 MBps, these SSDs are already enticing, but the fact it’s available as large as 2TB is incredible. All that storage doesn’t come cheap, but if you need lots (and LOTS) of fast storage, it’s worth it.
3. Toshiba OCZ RD400 – Best PCIe SSD
Capacity: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Interface: PCIe | Warranty: 3-years | Price: Rs. 11,200
If you’re looking for plenty of options, the Toshiba OCZ RD400 series of drives come in 4 sizes and three different form factors: M.2, M.2 2280, and add-in card (AIC). Not all sizes are in all form factors, so if you’re looking for a fast 1TB drive, make sure you have room in your computer case.
4. WD Black PCIe SSD – Best SATA 3 SSD
Capacity: 250GB/500GB/1TB | Interface: SATA | Warranty: 3-years | Price: 9,000
This M.2 SSD from WD comes with a 5-year warranty and boasts some pretty excellent read/write times, up to 2050 MBps read and 800 writes on the 512GB model. Great for installation or OS purposes, but unfortunately the available sizes don’t leave a lot of flexibility as far as storage is concerned.
5. Samsung 850 Evo – Best SATA SSD
Capacity: 250GB/512GB | Interface: SATA | Warranty: 3-years | Price: Rs. 10,000
After seeing the benchmark results, this SSD performs well above all SSDs available, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Samsung 850 EVO for those who are looking to upgrade from hard drive to old-Gen SSD.
6. Samsung Portable SSD T5 – Best external SSD
Capacity: 250GB/500GB/1TB/2TB | Interface: USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 | Warranty: 3-years
Unless you have a laptop or desktop computer that employs the USB Type-C Gen 2 interface, you might want to reconsider your interest in the Samsung Portable SSD T5. Otherwise, with read/write speeds of up to 540/515MBps, respectively, this external storage device does its best to keep up with some of the more modest PCIe players, and the result is superb.
MyDigitalSSD BPX (480GB)
These are the NVMe SSD you are looking at. MyDigitalSSD didn’t just deliver an actual entry-level NVMe SSD, but it made a product that competes with every consumer SSD on the market. The BPX is our pick from the entry-level 512GB NVMe class and our new go-to SSD when the price is a concern. The BPX Series offers the best balance of features and best overall consumer SSD available for general use. Ranked among Best SSDs in Pakistan.
Price in Pakistan: Rs 22,999
Plextor M8PE (512GB)
The Plextor M8Pe 512GB offers an excellent user experience at an affordable price. It’s not the lowest priced NVMe SSD, but it scores high in usability, options, and features. We would like to see Plextor add support for the advanced software, but we’ll have to wait for that update. In the meantime, the M8Pe 512GB is standing on solid ground with its high performance.
Price in Pakistan: Rs 33,999
These are the Best SSDs in Pakistan to buy in 2017 – if you looking to buy SSD with higher performance and better results you should go for one of these if you need further help let us know in the comment section below.