Solid State Drives are a must for gaming computers and laptops today, in a world where reading and writing speed is extremely important. Windows boots faster than you can imagine, applications and games load instantly (or at least way faster than they do from a regular hard drive)… everything is amazing and once you go SSD, you never want to go back! And we’re here to share with you the best 1TB SSD for Gaming, so you can finally experience those amazing speeds that everybody is talking about (or upgrade from a lower-capacity SSD).
Unfortunately most computers and especially laptops that have a Solid State Drive usually offer very little in terms of storage: a maximum of 250GB should be expected, but even lower values are the norm because SSDs are more expensive compared to regular HDDs. But since you’re serious about gaming and you want the best from your PC, it’s better to go for a large capacity SSD, one where you can also store your games for faster loading and not just the operating system. That’s why we went for this large capacity and we’re also taking the price into consideration, so you don’t have to break the bank.
So without further ado, below are the best 1TB SSDs for gaming, from the cheapest to the most expensive one:
One of the cheapest brands out there that still delivers good products is Crucial. Even though their SSD will sometimes struggle under heavy sustained workloads, it usually performs great and is, by all means, a lot faster than a regular HDD. Offering read/write speeds up to 530 / 510 MB/s on all file types, this 1TB SSD is great for gaming and comes at an unbeatable price. Even better is the fact that the company offers a piece of software called Momentum Cache which can increase the speed of your Crucial MX300 SSD even further, with people owning the product and activating the program reporting speeds of over 1GB per second in both reading and writing.
Yes, this is a really good product that gives Samsung a run for their money so if your budget is tight but you still want a high capacity SSD that performs great, look no further!
From a company that’s known to deliver the best SD cards out there, there’s no surprise to actually see them manufacture a SSD that’s just a good. It is easy to install, offers great performance and is considered by many the best Solid State Drive on the market – on Amazon, for example, it holds an amazing rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. The reading / writing speed of the drive is very good: we got speeds of over 500GB in both areas, and even though SanDisk doesn’t have their own cloning software, the program they recommend works like a charm. In conclusion, a great SSD for gaming that still keeps costs low.
WD Blue 1TB
I am a big fan of Western Digital and even though you don’t read much about them in the media, they still make some amazing storage drives and the one I’m recommending you today has some really good points to make. One of the leading selling points that WD has for this Solid State Drive is that it’s one of the most reliable and durable consumer SSDs on the market right now: 400TB written. It is also very fast, offering sequential reading speeds of up to 545MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 525MB/s (during our tests, though, we only got to around 500). One of the biggest potential problems if you’re not too tech-savvy, which probably isn’t the case since you’re a gamer, is the fact that the drive doesn’t come with installation instructions.
All in all, this is more or less the same thing as the SanDisk X400 recommended above, with similar performance, but with a slightly higher price. Consider it an option if the claimed extended life really matters to you.
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
This is the crowned king of SSDs out there, be them for gaming or regular use. Considered by many reviewers and respected publications the best SSD on the consumer market at the moment, you really can’t go wrong with it. Just to mention a few interesting achievements, the Samsung 850 EVO has an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 based on over 12,000 reviews on Amazon (this alone is simply outstanding). It is also considered the “best SSD” by PC Gamer and other publications as well.
In terms of performance, it offers the speed boosts you’d expect: reading and writing of up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s respectively and it also comes with the Magician software that offers significant speed and write speed increase. So if you don’t want to risk it, go with the SSD that nobody has any complaints against, even though it’s a bit more expensive than the rest.
I personally consider all the recommended SSDs here very good and I am sure that gamers out there will be extremely satisfied, no matter which choice they make. Strange enough, my battle for the top spot is between the most expensive and the cheapest products on this list – the Samsung 850 Evo and the Crucial MX300, which is really good news: if your budget is tight, there should be no reason not to get the Crucial SSD. If money is not a problem and you can spend a bit more on your new Solid State Drive, play it safe with the Samsung 850 Evo.