Solid state drives are a great choice for gamers, since they use flash memory chips rather than physical platters and needle arms to read and write data. This eliminates moving parts, which can be damaged and cause file corruption, and greatly speeds up program launches, file loading, and even how long it takes to boot up your computer. For console gaming, an SSD is a fast and reliable way to back up your game library or upgrade your console’s stock storage drive, especially as game downloads continue to hit, and exceed, the 100GB mark. Gaming computers can use USB or SATA cables or M.2 NVMe connections for solid state drives, giving you plenty of options for configurations as well as budgets.
Consoles, on the other hand, will have more limited options: the PlayStation 5 exclusively uses M.2 NVMe drives while the Xbox Series X|S family of consoles use USB connections for external drives. To help you decide which SSD is the best upgrade for your gaming rig or console, I’ve rounded up a list of the five best gaming SSDs that you can buy. I’ve broken down their storage capacities, read and write speeds, connectivity options, and price points to help you find the best fit for your needs and budget.
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