SSD or hard drive? The important differences
Most standard notebooks have data storage in SSD format up to 512 GByte capacity, cheap offer only 128 GByte. Many old notebooks also use conventional, slow HDDs. The way out of the storage crisis is via a new, larger SSD. There are already 100 Euro and for the installation you don't need an engineering degree. We check the market for you, clarify all important questions and present the most attractive affordable models. The video above shows the state of the art.
Spice up old computers with new SSD drives
In two cases, you can significantly improve your notebook with a new SSD: Either you have an (older) model with a conventional hard drive – and slows down the system. Here, the new mass storage device brings a much faster data access, because the SSDs based on flash memory are several times faster than conventional mechanical HDDs. In addition, SSDs have no moving components, so memory defects and data loss due to falls or other vibrations are a thing of the past.
The second application are systems that are already equipped with an SSD – but with one too small. Because even in times of falling SSD prices, fast storage is still significantly more expensive than HDDs. In almost all mobile models, SSDs with only 128 to 512 GByte capacity. A much larger storage solution with 1 TByte helps for just over 100 euros from the storage bottleneck.
Models with 1 TB are usually suitable for an upgrade. This is enough for most users even if they have to do more than just office tasks or internet excursions. The CHIP leaderboard for SATA SSDs as well as the best list for m.2 SSDs Models up to 4 TB; the storage giants have a dauntingly high price and are often oversized.
In this article we name the best SSDs with 1 TB of storage space – first a model with SATA interface, then one in M.2 format. Who is looking for inexpensive yet powerful alternatives in 512 – If you are interested in the GByte area, you will find the appropriate information and buying tips in the following article: The best SSDs with 500 GB in the test .)
At the beginning there is the system question: the choice between M.2 or SATA
SSDs for the broad market are available in two different classes, which are defined by different interfaces: classic SATA and the successor technology M.2 / NVMe. The differences are roughly said: SATA models tend to be cheaper, but have lower transfer rates. SATA is still very widespread, especially with older devices. Modern M.2 drives are extremely fast, but also more expensive.
The fastest M.2 SSDs in the test
Many modern motherboards offer M.2 slots, do you have an older motherboard that you want to upgrade or is the SSD for one Notebook thought, but you should ensure compatibility before buying.
Fast PCIe 3.0 SSDs achieve transfer rates of around 3. 000 MByte / s. The new PCIe 4.0 standard increases the maximum data rates to 5. 000 to 7. 000 MByte / s – these models are still very expensive and only work on AMD boards with X 570 – Chipset.
In the following always In the current table you can see the three best M.2 SSDs we tested with around 1 TB of storage space. You can find a link to the test report with detailed data under the box with the overall grade.
NVMe in the test
Patriot VP 4100 1TB (VP 4100 – 1TBM 28H)
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- Reading performance (1.1)
- Writing performance (1,2)
M.2 price Tip
Our price tip from Samsung does not appear in the overview above, it is too low in the leaderboard. The comparatively lean transfer rates of up to 2 are to blame. 846 MByte / s when reading. However, for almost all applications, this is still a more than practical speed. And since the Samsung 970 RVO 1TB (MZ-V7E1T0BW ) has been around for 2 years they have enough time to get a super price: less than 100 Euro for 1 TByte – this is currently not topped.
Shop recommendation for Samsung 970 Evo 1TB (MZ-V7E1T0BW)
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Despite everything, SATA still has its justification
Despite the impressive performance of the M.2 mass storage device, SATA is not out of the competition in the SSD area either. Firstly, the lower performance is sufficient for many users. Secondly, standard panels are available at significantly lower prices. The 1 TB solutions have prices from 9.5 to 38, 3 cents each GB. For the same size class in M.2 version you have to give me GByte prices between 11, 3 bis 54, calculate 3 cents. That still makes the SATA SSDs look very attractive. And finally, especially in older computers, sometimes the right connection is simply missing. The best SATA SSDs transfer data with 500 to 550 MByte / s. Differences in performance between the top models are not noticeable in everyday life.
SATA in the test
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB (MZ – 76 E1T0B)
- Reading performance (1,2)
- Writing performance (1.6)
Price tip: WD Blue 1TB
In the SATA SSD category, our price tip comes from Western Digital: The WD Blue 1TB (WDS 100 T2B0A) in place 22 shines with transfer rates 449 and 547 MByte / s, this is partly clearly below the technical possibilities of SATA technology. A GByte price of 10, 4 cents – total price below 110 Euro – but makes up for that.
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New SSD, how it works
Now the only question that remains is how you actually bring the new SSD into the computer. In the case of a 1-to-1 exchange in a system with only one mass storage device, this is not entirely trivial – keyword “Windows move”. The article explains which preparations are necessary, which tools help you and how you then proceed: Install SSD: Install Windows .