Historically, November is the month when SSDs prices fall before holding steady into the New Year. Over the last two years, the price declines were minimal due to datacenter demand and the slow transition to 3D memory lowering supply. We are back to a consumer-friendly flash market with ample supply and expect to see additional pricing reductions in the coming days as the shopping season heats up.
Personally, I'm difficult to shop for. What do you buy someone that usually just buys what they want regardless of the season? That's just part of living the digital lifestyle. Your family and friends can't really shop for you because they don't even know the products you want even exist. On the other side of the coin, there are people in your life that are equally difficult to shop for.
My pick of products for those difficult to shop for is a large capacity SSD. SSD prices have declined, and nearly every techy can benefit from an injection of high capacity, speedy space. Today we will look at a few options that I personally like (and would love to get myself).
I'm not picky when it comes to high capacity drives. I personally like to use these as secondary storage for organization reasons. There is also a performance benefit to keeping most of your cold data on a second drive rather than you same one you use to run applications.
My list includes two M.2 NVMe SSDs that deliver both high capacity and exceptional performance. I also chose two 2TB SATA SSDs and one 4TB model that lets you be a little naughty with any leftover holiday money that you might want to spend on yourself.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 1920GB
We will lead off with the latest NVMe drive to come to market, the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro. The 240GB to 960GB models shipped early in the release cycle for this series but the new 1920GB drive is now available. We found the drive at Amazon for $519.99 with a 5-year warranty. The drive uses the latest Phison PS5012-E12 controller built on the 28nm node so it runs much cooler than the previous generation.
Samsung 970 EVO 2TB
Samsung didn't release a 2TB 970 Pro, but consumers do have the opportunity to dance with the 970 EVO in a massive 2TB capacity. The drive delivers on Samsung's key features that have led the company to become many shoppers most trusted SSD supplier. The 970 EVO uses Samsung's latest "Phoenix" NVMe controller, the same used in the company's expensive datacenter products including the Z-Drive. We found the drive on Amazon for $591.37, and Samsung backs this series with a 5-year warranty.
Crucial MX500 2TB
The lowest pricing on our list for a high capacity model comes from Crucial's MX500 2TB. The drive is on Amazon now for just $328.99 but don't be caught up in pricing just yet. The MX500 delivers exceptional random read performance, so it performs exceptionally well in application performance.
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB
The Samsung 860 EVO 2TB is not always as fast as the Crucial MX500 2TB, but it makes up for slightly less performance by giving users more endurance. The latest SATA EVO series gives us so much endurance that most users will be able to use these drives for ten years before hitting half of the claimed data writes possible. The 2TB 860 EVO moves the price up to $347.99 at the time of writing and is in stock at Amazon.
Samsung 860 EVO 4TB
I don't think I could give Samsung's 4TB 860 EVO away. If I bought one to give away, it would need to ship straight to the recipient because once I got my hands-on it, I'm not letting it go! The 4TB EVO sells for $769.99 on Amazon and is one of the few consumer-grade models in this capacity. Samsung did release a 4TB 860 Pro SSD but it's current $1,191.55 price is a bit more than what most shoppers spend during the holiday season. That doesn't mean you can't ask for the 4TB 860 Pro for your birthday though.
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