The Best Value SSDs For Mainstream Computer Users – 2013

If you are one of those who consider themselves mainstream computer users or even computer enthusiasts who do not consume more than 10 GBs of written data per day on their storage device drive, and at the same time you are looking for a substantial performance boost through a solid state hard drive, then you might have just come to the end of your pursuit path by reading this article.

Note: If you still find these SSDs expensive I would suggest you read our Best & Fastest Hard Drive article.

Let’s be honest, the majority of PC users do a whole lot of internet, mail, and light office document usage with a sprinkling of games and multimedia thrown in. Is a high-end, $400 SSD really going to make a big difference in use and feel? Coming from someone who has used them all – nope. So unless your usage demands it or you just have to have the fastest possible components, these mainstream SSDs will fit your needs nicely. Otherwise I recommend you to choose on of the premium SSDs presented in our Best & Fastest Premium SSD List.

The SSDs listed below are the best of their class, and they are mainly planned for mainstream computer users as long as they do not use more than 10 GB/day continuously for 3 years. Therefore this type of drives can last 5 or even 7 years without an issue at all, as long as it is not exhausted with heavy workloads on a daily basis.

The premium and mainstream SSDs are very similar, and briefly, the primary differentiation comes from the use of cheaper, lower endurance MLC NAND in the mainstream SSD, and this isn’t an issue at all for most users. Just like with frequency binning for CPUs, there’s endurance binning for NAND. Lower endurance parts are more plentiful (and thus cheaper) while the highest endurance parts will be sold for a premium (e.g. MLC-HET).

In the list below you will find the best and most awarded mainstream-class SSDs that are well suitable for light-to–medium weight computing usage.

Note: The products prices are as of 13-March-2013 at 08:15 AM GMT -

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MyDigitalSSD BP4 SATA 3 SSD

Capacity Price Where To Buy
60 GB $59.99 Buy On Amazon.com
120 GB $89.99 Buy On Amazon.com
240 GB $159.99 Buy On Amazon.com

 


 

OCZ Agility 4 SSD

Capacity Price Where To Buy
64 GB $98.39 Buy On Amazon.com
128 GB $114.99 Buy On Amazon.com
256 GB $228.00 Buy On Amazon.com

 


 

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series

Capacity Price Where To Buy
60 GB $69.99 Buy On Amazon.com
120 GB $97.65 Buy On Amazon.com
240 GB $209.99 Buy On Amazon.com

 


 

Intel 330 Series SSD

Model # Capacity Price Where To Buy
SSDSC2CT060A3K5 60 GB $93.60 Buy On Amazon.com
SSDSC2CT120A3K5 120 GB $129.99 Buy On Amazon.com
SSDSC2CT180A3K5 180 GB $191.34 Buy On Amazon.com
SSDSC2CT240A3K5 240 GB $224.99 Buy On Amazon.com

 


 

Plextor M5S Series Solid-State Drive

Model # Capacity Price Where To Buy
PX-64M5S 64 GB $88.64 Buy On Amazon.com
PX-128M5S 128 GB $111.38 Buy On Amazon.com
PX-256M5S 256 GB $189.99 Buy On Amazon.com

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Disclaimer

Products prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on amazon.com as applicable at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

I am a computer technician who like to keep track of the best and fastest solid state drives available out there. I write simple SSD reviews and guides to help people save effort and time reading the long benchmarks and reviews. My website <a href="http://www.sata3ssd.com">SATA 3 SSD</a> is where your pursuit for the best SSD ends.

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