Best SSD for Gaming 2020 – Intro
When it comes to the best SSD for gaming 2020, there are 2 types you can choose. The newer generation of motherboards offers an M.2 PCIe 3 and 4. The newer mobos will likely have gen 4. I'll give you my best options when it comes to SSD's. I have something for everyone, a standard 2.5″, PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 4.0.
After this little enlightenment, the rest is up to you. Everything is an opinion or personal option, I'm just giving you mine.
Adata XPG SX8200 Pro
The XPG SX8200 Pro is the BEST 1TB option, for the money, it's the one I installed in my PC build. With the high-end performance that rival's the most fierce 970 EVO Pro from Samsung, the endurance, the speed, the power usage all played a factor in my choice. All that shuffled into the XPG8200 Pro is very respectable. Please make use of the heat spreader!
The SSD format is an M.2 2280 double-sided using PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3. It offers an average of 3,500 MBps sequential reads and 3,000 MBps writes. You will get about 5 Years of endurance and an average of about 640 terra bytes written.
Amazon Canada currently has it for $178.88.
Amazon US currently has it for $148.55.
Samsung EVO 860
Capping the top of the SATA transfer rate, there's the Samsung EVO 860. This is what most consumers are familiar with, a 2.5-inch drive that can fit in anyone's pocket. Samsung gives some of the most reliable storage devices, but even they get surpassed by the competition. The EVO 860 is a fabulous addition if you need additional storage, for offloading your game library. The cost of storage is normally pretty competitive.
Transfer interface is SATA 3 and offers Sequential 550 MBps of sequential reads and 520 MBps of sequential write. Like the previous option, you're looking at 5 Years of warranty and an average of 2,400 TBW.
Amazon Canada currently has it at $229.99.
Amazon US currently has it at $109.99.
Patriot Viper VPR100
Adding a little flair might be something you'd like to look into with the Patriot Viper VPR100! While it dishes out a stream of colours, you can expect that this M.2 drive will drive. This PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe drive offers 3,300 MBps sequential reads, 2,900 MBps sequential writes. Slapping you with a warranty of 5 years and give you an average of 1600 TBW.
Amazon Canada currently has it at $237.99, and this isn't the cheapest option for storage. https://amzn.to/2DanMGM
Amazon US currently has it at $164.99, and this isn't the cheapest option on the block. https://amzn.to/3ixNmWF
The list is not a definitive list of my Best SSD for Gaming 2020 M.2 & 2.5″. We are sure to see new storage drives, capacity, speed and endurance come out each year. Keep an eye out for my future posts.