The FireCuda 540 combines good PCIe 5.0 level performance with the highest endurance we've ever seen.
This is the PCIe 5.0 SSD to buy if you're looking to buy one, but should you?
PCIe 5.0 SSDs were supposed to be one of the key components in the new generation of computers, but they took longer to arrive than the other next-gen parts like DDR5 RAM. Well, they’re finally here, but is it a good time to upgrade? Of course, you will need the latest generation hardware to use one, including a PCIe 5.0-supported motherboard. But if you’re looking at an upgrade, you should check out the Crucial T700 SSD. It's one of the first 5.0 SSDs on the market and promises all the speed and performance of this new generation of PC storage. It’s available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities, and with or without a fanless heatsink. It’s one of the best PCIe 5.0 SSDs you can buy right now, but it may not quite be a necessary upgrade for many people.
The Corsair MP600 Mini is a great small SSD that you can use to beef up your new handheld console.
Storage is one of the most important components of any device, but it's especially important for gaming. It not only allows you to have all of your games in one place, but it also, in part, dictates how quickly games can load. Even if you have the best processor and the best GPU, a 7,200 RPM hard drive will make apps and games load slowly. That's why if you're adding extra storage to a handheld gaming console like the Steam Deck or Asus ROG Ally, you'll not only need extra storage but fast speeds.
Even a lower-end SSD like the P41 Plus sees benefits from customized drivers.
There's a lot of brands in the SSD arena, from titans like Samsung to newcomers like Solidigm, which was founded in late 2021 and thus hasn't had much time to make a name for itself yet. However, Solidigm isn't really a new company; when Intel sold off its SSD division to SK Hynix, it was rebranded to Solidigm, and still advertises the popular budget 660p and 670p drives on its website.
The Samsung 990 Pro is the victory lap of Gen 4 SSDs and pushes the limit of what's possible with PCIe 4.0.
The first PCIe 4.0-enabled SSDs (or Gen 4 drives) launched in 2019. Today, we're seeing the beginning of the PCIe 5.0 era, with the first consumer-grade Gen 5 drives about to hit store shelves. But that doesn't mean PCIe 4.0 SSDs are now paperweights. Lots of PCs don't support PCIe 5.0 drives, and even some brand-new devices only go up to PCIe 4.0. If you're limited to that older interface and you need the fastest drive possible, then Samsung's 990 Pro is your best bet.
Samsung's T7 Shield is made to withstand harsh conditions and to offer the expected T7 lineup's speedy performance
Samsung's T7 is one of the best portable SSDs on the market. It's compact, it's fast, it's available in various capacities and colors, and it's competitively priced. But it's not quite the complete package. That's why Samsung introduced the T7 Touch a few years ago, which essentially added a fingerprint reader to the standard T7 to boost security. Samsung wasn't done there, knowing that its customers working in rugged conditions would want something equally up to the task.
The Crucial MX500 isn't the absolute fastest SSD around, but it's reliable and available in up to 4TB so you really can store all the things.
There was a time when adding large quantities of storage to your PC would require using 3.5-inch hard drives. However, they're large, clunky, and slow, so it felt like you were dragging your files through a molasses swamp. But they got the job done.