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Best SSDs for Notebooks - A Two-Year Study

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 4, 2019 4:00 pm

SATA SSD Test Results

 

256GB Class SATA

 

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We start with the 256GB class drives, the smallest in our roundup today. The SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB takes the top spot with 392 minutes in our test. The Extreme Pro 240GB, also from SanDisk, trails by just two minutes.

 

The Samsung 850 EVO falls in the top five, but most of the best models for notebook performance are entry-level SSDs.

 

 

512GB Class SATA

 

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The first seven drives in the 512GB class SATA results were widely used by system builders in some form. Some shipped under a different name in the large OEM builder's systems. The system builders really drive the mobile optimizations. The drives built for the upgrade market are usually not optimized for mobile user the same way the OEM products are.

 

1TB+ Class SATA

 

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In the 1TB+ chart, we start to pick apart the Samsung 850 EVO with two models. The first is the 48-layer flash model that shipped after the 32-layer model. The trend of improving notebook battery life didn't continue with the 64-layer TLC 860 EVO.

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