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Best SSD for gaming 2022

Best SSD for gaming - Samsung 980 Pro

If you’re after the best SSD for gaming then there are a couple of things you need to consider, these are the form factor and the sequential performance. If you want brief loading times, super-speedy transfer rates, and all-around stable and stellar gameplay experiences, then these drives should see you through well. 

We’ll preface by saying that the best SSD for gaming is going to benefit from NVMe Gen 4.0 capabilities, at least as far as raw numbers and performance potential are concerned. It should be stated, however, that Gen 3.0 models are still very much valid in your machine, especially at their (usually) far cheaper price points. If you’re thinking of putting together one of the best gaming PCs, be sure to double-check what generations are supported on your motherboard of choice, as in 2022, we think aiming for a Gen 4.0 board is an absolute must.  

However, it isn’t all about NVMe drives when the best SSD for gaming is considered for a complete system, especially considering the ease of use of an expansion card format and traditional SATA drives. Most motherboards feature either two or three M.2 / NVMe slots in them, and things begin to get mighty expensive if you’re intending to fill up on the latest drives. Additionally, you can go for external hard drives to give yourself as much room as you need. 

We recommend a healthy mix of SATA and M.2 / NVMe to keep your system ticking over as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you’ve got your attention aimed at console storage, however, then we recommend our best PS5 SSD guide which goes over the ideal Gen 4.0 NVMe drives ready for use with Sony’s latest system.  

The best SSD for gaming in 2022

WD Black SN850

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1. WD Black SN850

The best SSD for gaming

Specifications

Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7000 / 5300 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1M / 720K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 300GB dynamicWrite endurance: 600TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (11 found)

Reasons to buy

+Excellent all-round performance+Exceptional 4K QD1 write speed+Large SLC cache

Reasons to avoid

-Heatsink is optional-Can get hot under sustained loads-Very expensive

Right now, cutting-edge contenders for the best SSD for gaming don’t deliver big benefits over cheaper drives, in-game. 

Tested here in 1TB form and also available in 500GB and 2TB capacities, the SN850 is an absolute screamer thanks to its quad-lane PCIe Gen 4 interface, shiny new controller chipset, and a large 300GB chunk of its SanDisk 96L 3D TLC flash memory running in super-fast SLC cache mode. Where it really scores, however, is in 4K random performance, which is arguably more important in terms of how responsive your PC feels. At 250MB/s, it’s the fastest flash drive we’ve seen for 4K random writes at queue depth one. Impressive.

As you’d expect given the SLC cache provisioning, sustained performance is excellent, too, maintaining peak performance right up to that 300GB marker, which should be plenty for most people. WD’s confidence in the SN850’s broader longevity is likewise indicated by the five-year warranty and 6TB write rating. All of which means our only reservations with this excellent SSD involve cooling and pricing. For the former, there is none as standard, which is a slight concern given this SSD can run hot. 

  • Read more: WD Black SN850 review

Samsung 980 Pro SSD

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2. Samsung 980 Pro

Incredible speeds and performance

Specifications

Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7000 / 5100 MB/sRandom reads: up to 1,000 IOPSRandom writes: up to 1,000 IOPSDRAM cache: 2GB LPDDR4Warranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at DellPrimeView at AmazonView at Best BuySee all prices (9 found)

Reasons to buy

+Blisteringly fast speeds+Consistent performance +Long warranty

Reasons to avoid

-Outdone by newer drives 

The Samsung 980 Pro is one of the best SSDs for gaming at the Gen 4 end of the spectrum that’s on the market right now, and it’s made even more appealing by the fact that it’s regularly on sale. Keep in mind that this particular NVMe drive only goes up to 2TB capacity, but if you’re wanting to operate within that 1TB-2TB range, then you can’t go wrong with the performance on offer. 

The highlight of the Samsung 980 Pro NVMe SSD is the Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 feature, which essentially acts as a boost to write more data than its predecessors (including the 970 Evo Plus) at much faster, more consistent rates. It should be noted that the SSD comes with specialist software (Samsung Magician) in order to track the health of your drive, as well as tweak any settings to your liking, which could be particularly important if you’re not using a heatsink (but we definitely recommend using one to keep those core temperatures down). It’s worth pointing out that you can also buy the coveted SSD with a built-in heatsink, too, though it’s significantly more expensive than the drive on its own.  

  • Read more: Samsung 980 Pro review

Seagate FireCuda 530

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3. Seagate FireCuda 530

A seriously quick, remarkably durable and predictably pricey SSD

Specifications

Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7,300 / 6,900 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1M / 1M IOPSDRAM cache: 2GB DDR4SLC cache: up to 450GB (model dependent)Write endurance: 2550TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at NeweggView at Best BuySee all prices (30 found)

Reasons to buy

+Super all-round performance+Epic endurance+PS5 compatible

Reasons to avoid

-Good rather than great 4K throughput-Predictably pricey

Seagate, one of the biggest names in storage, has been a long time coming to the very top rung of the best SSDs for gaming. But with the Seagate Firecuda 530 2TB, it’s absolutely up there with the big boys, in part thanks to the use of the excellent Phison E18 controller.

This 2TB model, therefore, cranks out well over 7GB/s of sequential read performance and is not far off that for writes. The Firecuda’s 4K random access performance is a little off that of the WD Black SN850, it’s still impressive, with around 250MB/s for writes. If you can say all that of most drives based on the Phison E18 controller, the Firecuda’s epic 2,550TB write endurance rating is something really exceptional. It’s also worth noting that this drive is fully compatible with the Sony PS5 and is optionally available with a PS5-optimised heatsink. All told, it’s one heck of an SSD, albeit available for one helluva lot of money.

  • Read more: Seagate FireCuda 530 review

Kingston Fury Renegade SSD

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4. Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB

The best SSD for seriously fast sequential performance

Specifications

Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 NVMeRead/write speed: 7,300 / 7,000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1,000,000 / 1,000,000 IOPSWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at WalmartView at BHPhotoSee all prices (4 found)

Reasons to buy

+Stellar built-in heat spreader +Amazing sequential read speeds +Double-sided

Reasons to avoid

-Pricey in higher configurations

The Kingston Fury Renegade impresses across the board as one of the best SSDs for gaming on the market right now. With its stated speeds reaching upwards of 7,000 MBS, we’re happy to report that this drive really is the real deal when it comes to blazing-fast performance perfect for DirectStorage. 

Our benchmarks don’t lie, and neither did Kingston. The Fury Renegade achieved read and write speeds of 7,344.99 and 6,873.21 respectively through CrystalDiskMark, and a stellar Anvil score of 21,649.35 for some seriously impressive performance. Of course, raw numbers mean nothing if the in-game performance can’t back it up. Fortunately, loading and transfer times were as close to instant as you would hope for from a drive of this caliber. 

Briefing touching on transfer times, we noted that CyberPunk2077, a 64.88GB game, took only 22.66 seconds being written from one NVMe drive to the Kingston. It’s a similar story with Destiny 2, and its 73.5GB of content, which made the jump between drives in just 28 seconds. Loading times were all but non-existent as well, as we were able to jump into Halo Infinite’s main campaign in a mere 18 seconds – straight into gameplay.

  • Read more: Kingston Fury Renegade SSD review

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus

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5. Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus

Massive amounts of super-fast SSD storage

Specifications

Capacities: Up to 4TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7,100 / 6,600 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 650K / 700K IOPSWrite endurance: 700 TB (1TB); 1,400 TB (2TB); 2,800 TB (4TB)Warranty: 5 YearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at WalmartView at BHPhotoSee all prices (5 found)

Reasons to buy

+Aggressively priced +Stellar performance +5 Year warranty and long lifespan 

Reasons to avoid

-Thermal throttling is common -4TB certainly isn’t cheap

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus offers phenomenal sequential performance and comes with a suite of advanced software so that you can tailor its functionality to suit your needs – all for a cheaper rate than a lot of flagship Gen 4.0 NVMe models from other brands. The highlight of the drive comes from its consistent sustained data transfer rates, and with capacities ranging up to 4TB, it’s likely to offer all the grunt and space you need in your rig. 

Really it’s in the largest size available that the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus shines the brightest, especially when considering that the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 Gen 4.0 drives currently don’t come close to that kind of size range. On the performance front, however, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus can indeed hit those promised 7,100 MB/s read and 6600 MB/s write, making it one of the top-performing Gen 4.0 drives out on the market right now. 

  • Read more: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus review

WD Black AN1500

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6. WD Black AN1500

The best expansion card SSD

Specifications

Capacities: 1TB – 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 3.0 x8Read/write speeds: 6500 / 4100 MB/sToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Lenovo USAView at WalmartSee all prices (7 found)

Reasons to buy

+Expansion card form, easily slots below your GPU+Insanely fast sequential read/write speeds+WD_BLACK gaming pedigree

Reasons to avoid

-Can get really expensive in higher configurations 

When you think of the best SSD for gaming, the first thing that comes to mind absolutely isn’t one in the form of an expansion card. The WD Black AN1500 is one of the first and best of this type on the market though, and while the speeds are utterly astounding, unfortunately, you do need to pay for the privilege. The smallest capacity for this bad boy is 1TB which will set you back around $330/£270, while the largest capacity available – the 4TB – is a staggering $999/£840. This is arguably the fastest SSD on the market for any gamer, but it’s only worth it for true PC gaming enthusiasts.

In terms of some benchmark numbers, the AnvilPro tool has the sequential 4MB read and write scores for the 2TB AN1500 as 4,231 MB/s and 3,448 MB/s respectively, which is far higher than the other SSDs we tested (although also a bigger capacity). In CrystalDiskMark, the sequential 1MB read and write scores were 6511 MB/s and 4412 MB/s.

On a more practical level, however, this has been my main SSD for gaming recently and I’ve been mightily impressed: loading my multiplayer games like Valorant and Rainbow Six Siege takes no time at all. There’s more than enough room on the AN1500 variants to store the majority of your games and then some. But be braced for impact when you see the price – this one is ripe for saving for or watching out for sales.

  • Read more: WD Black AN1500 SSD review

Silicon Power US70

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7. Silicon Power US70

Fantastic gaming performance for affordable prices

Specifications

Capacities: 1TB – 2TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 5,000 / 4,400 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 750,000 / 750,000 IOPSWarranty : 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonPrimeView at Amazon

Reasons to buy

+Great price-to-performance ratio+Affordable for its capacity +Easy to install and setup

Reasons to avoid

-Gets hot under stress 

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus offers phenomenal sequential performance and comes with a suite of advanced software so that you can tailor its functionality to suit your needs – all for a cheaper rate than a lot of flagship Gen 4.0 NVMe models from other brands. The highlight of the drive comes from its consistent sustained data transfer rates, and with capacities ranging up to 4TB, it’s likely to offer all the grunt and space you need in your rig. 

Really it’s in the largest size available that the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus shines the brightest, especially when considering that the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 Gen 4.0 drives currently don’t come close to that kind of size range. On the performance front, however, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus can indeed hit those promised 7,100 MB/s read and 6600 MB/s write, making it one of the top-performing Gen 4.0 drives out on the market right now. 

  • Read more: Silicon Power US70 SSD review

Addlink AddGame A95 2TB

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Makes the most out of demanding modern games

Specifications

Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe 1.4Read/write speed: 7,400 / 7,000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1,000,000 / 1,000,000 IOPSToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at Amazon

Reasons to buy

+Superfast sequential speeds+Excellent built-in heat spreader +High durability compared to competition

Reasons to avoid

-Far from the cheapest Gen 4×4 drive

The Addlink AddGame A95 2TB is one of the fastest Gen 4 NVMe SSDs that we’ve put through its paces in recent memory, not to mention the fact that its built-in heatsink is one of the most effective we’ve seen, too. With its proposed sequential speeds of 7400 MB/s and 7000 MB/s read and write respectively, there really isn’t much more that you can ask from a storage drive for the money here. However, while loading times are, expectedly, impressive, it’s the file transfer speeds that deserve a closer inspection here. 

Transferring titles from your Steam library to a new drive is an arduous process that few of us like to go through, though, it’s not much of an issue at all for the Addlink AddGame A95 2TB model. We were blown away to see both Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite, two games which thrive on modern SSDs, being written onto the Addlink AddGame A95 2TB in no time at all. Battlefield 2042 especially, with its 48.33 GB file size was copied onto the M2 drive in just 6 minutes and 43 seconds, which is impressive knowing it was coming off a 4TB HDD and not a similar spec SSD. How does it fair transferring games from another Gen 4.0 NVMe drive? The same games took under 30 seconds. 

The Anvil scores are pretty solid as well. The AddGame A95 tallied up a respectable 16,849.40 overall, which positions it as one of the faster Gen 4 drives when it comes to those sequential times especially. If you’re after one of the fastest, and sleekest, Gen 4×4 sticks that you can throw into your rig, then this deserves your attention. 

WD Black SN770

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9. WD Black SN770 1TB

The best affordable Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD

Specifications

Capacities: up to 2TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 NVMeRead/write speed: 5,150 / 4,900 MB/sRandom write / read speed: 740K / 800K IOPSWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at Best BuyCheck Amazon

Reasons to buy

+Achieves targeted read and write speeds+Decent sequential performance +Competitively priced for a 1TB drive

Reasons to avoid

-Random read speeds are average

The WD Black SN770 is the successor to the hugely popular mid-tier WD Black SN750 SE model. It features a vastly improved sequential and random performance but at a similar price point. While you’re unlikely to be blown away by the raw numbers that the WD Black SN770 outputs, it is one of the best SSDs for gaming for those after an affordable, and consistent, Gen 4.0 drive in 2022. 

In our testing, we found that the WD Black SN770 achieved its respectable claimed sequential speeds, with CrystalDiskMark read and write benchmarks of 5,227.53 and 4,980.83 respectively. What’s more, the Anvil Pro score was equally solid at 20,024.98, which is a figure normally reserved for more upmarket NVMe drives. 

With its aggressive asking price MSRP of $129.99 / £142.99 for a 1TB model, the WD Black SN770 certainly positions itself as one of the more competitive offerings from the storage brand. If you’re after a drive with a terrific price-to-performance ratio that’ll do everything from quick OS boot times to lightning-fast in-game loading, then the WD Black SN770 is a hard proposition to beat for the money. 

Patriot Viper VP4300

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10. Patriot Viper VP4300 1TB

Superfast read speeds at a great price

Specifications

Capacities : up to 2TB Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe 1.4Read/write speed: 7,400 / 5,500 MB/sRandom read/write speed: up to 800,000 IOPSWrite endurance: 1000TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at Amazon

Reasons to buy

+Lightning-fast seq read and write speeds+Two included heatsink solutions+Competitively priced 

Reasons to avoid

-Random speeds aren’t as strong

Having been pleasantly surprised by the Viper VP4300 when we put it in a PS5, we are once again very pleased having seen its lofty speeds revealed themselves on PC. Games booted up in mere moments, which was particularly impressive when running titles such as Deathloop (which otherwise has fairly lengthy loading times on the platform when running on either a SATA III SSD or traditional HDD.

One interesting inclusion with the Patriot Viper VP4300 is the two included heatsink solutions available to you, and while we personally didn’t try the thin graphene heat spreader in our system, we did note that the aluminum heatsink did a decent job of keeping those core temperatures down when stress testing the unit, something that we cannot say for some drives we’ve put through their paces in the past six months or so. 

If you’re after an all-in-one solution that promises consistent performance, with the sequential speeds to match, then you really can’t go wrong considering the asking price here. We will say that 1TB appears to be the sweet spot from a price-to-performance ratio, as the 2TB configuration is a little on the expensive side, but you’re getting a more-than-proficient drive all things considered for either PS5 or PC here. 

ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite

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11. ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite

An affordable PCIe Gen 4 drive with plenty of TLC

Specifications

Capacities: 1TB or 2TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 3900 / 3200 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 490K / 540K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 296GBWrite endurance: 1480TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (4 found)

Reasons to buy

+Micron TLC flash memory+Runs pretty cool+Five-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

-Limited to four memory channels-Slower than most Gen 4 drives

A relatively cheap 2TB PCI Express Gen 4 SSD? Uh oh, what is the Adata XPG Gammix S50 Lite 2TB hiding? Well, it’s not that nasty, slow QLC flash memory – this thing has the good stuff, namely 96-layer Micron-made TLC NAND chips. Phew. It also packs 1GB of DDR4 cache, so it’s not one of those budget DRAMless duds, albeit more expensive 2TB SSDs tend to go with 2GB.

Drill down into the performance figures, however, and you’ll find that this is not a full-speed PCIe 4.0 M.2 drive. Rated at 3,900MB/s for reads and 3,200MB/s for writes, it’s well off the circa 7,000MB/s of the fastest drives (and also doesn’t meet the recommended 5,500MB/s reads for the Sony PS5). IOPS of 490K and 540K for reads and writes, respectively, are likewise down on the best by about the same margin. 

The reason is largely thanks to the use of Silicon Motion’s budget PCIe Gen 4 controller, the SM2267. It’s not bad, per se, but it is limited to four memory channels where the big boys have eight. However, the Gammix S50 Lite is still rated for a healthy 1,480TB of write endurance and comes backed by a five-year warranty. So, it’s a safe long-term bet if you’re looking for a value-busting best SSD for gaming contender.

SK hynix Gold P31

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12. SK Hynix Gold P31

Gen 3.0 performance at a great rate

Specifications

Capacities: up to 1TBInterface: M.2 2280Read/write speed: 3500 / 3200 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 570K / 600K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 92GB dynamicWrite endurance: 750TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (11 found)

Reasons to buy

+Good all-round performance+A proper TLC rather than QLC drive+Five-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

-‘Only’ a PCIe 3.0 drive-Slightly patchy 4K performance-Lack of AES 256-bit encryption (if you’re being picky)

How much SSD do you actually need for a gaming-centric PC? Probably about as much as the SK Hynix Gold P31 offers in 1TB format. That’s enough storage to keep a fair few of your favorite titles stored for quick access. As for performance, this is a PCIe Gen 3 rather than Gen 4 M.2 SSD. So, it’s limited to half the interface speed of the very best drives. But it’ll still knock out around 3.5GB/s of both read and write performance, which will be plenty for most gamers. 

Anyway, if you don’t have a PC with PCIe 4.0 support – and that’s most of us – it’s something of a moot point. Elsewhere, performance is mostly strong, with sustained throughput never drooping below 750MB/s even when filling the drive to capacity, no doubt thanks to the use of TLC rather than cheaper QLC memory chips. 4K random access performance is a tiny bit patchier, but not to the extent that you’ll feel it subjectively in use.

The same goes for game-level load times. Yes, the very best SSDs for gaming are quicker. The fastest available drives deliver double the peak bandwidth, but only around 15 to 20 percent faster load times. 

  • Read more: SK Hynix Gold P31 review

WD Black SN750

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13. WD Black SN750

A familiar name and model is a go-to NVMe SSD

Specifications

Capacities: 250GB – 4TBInterface: M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4Seq. read (1MB): 3,108 MB/s (250GB)Seq. write (1MB): 1,575 MB/s (250GB)Seq. read (4MB): 2,474 MB/s (250GB)Seq. write (4MB): 1,488 MB/s (250GB)Today’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Tomtop WWView at NeweggSee all prices (16 found)11 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆

Reasons to buy

+Fairly priced+One of the best performing M.2 SSDs on the market+Range of capacities available

Reasons to avoid

-More expensive than SATA

One of the best performing M.2 SSDs on the market is the WD Black SN750. It doesn’t innovate much over its predecessor – it’s still on the same hardware, after all – but the performance tests prove that you don’t need to fix what ain’t broke. It’s worth noting that we’ve only tested the 250GB variant of the SN750 – the increased sizes seem to offer better performance, peaking at 1TB, before the 2TB option starts to decrease again. However, at just £45/$55 for the 250GB model, you’re not breaking the bank for an SSD that can hold a good few games.

In AnvilPro, the 250GB SN750 came back with 2,474 MB/s and 1,488 MB/s read and write scores in the sequential 4MB category, but improved upon them slightly – as expected – in CrystalDiskMark’s 1MB test, with 3108 MB/s and 1575 MB/s. These are incredibly hearty numbers and show that the drive has the chops to handle whatever you throw at it.

I’ve been mainly using the SN750 for my single-player games – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, etc. – and the loading is impressively quick, to the point where this SSD – especially at this price – would easily take the number one spot in this buying guide were it not for the incredible speeds of the AN1500.

PNY XLR8 CS3030

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14. PNY XLR8 CS3030 1TB

A respectable Gen 3.0 NVMe drive for a great price

Specifications

Capacities: up to 2TBInterface: PCIe 3.0 x4 Read/write speed: 3,500 / 3000 MB/sWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at BHPhotoView at AdoramaCheck Amazon

Reasons to buy

+Affordably priced +Low core temperatures +Efficient performance

Reasons to avoid

-Outperformed by Gen 4.0 drives

While it’s unlikely to turn many heads when compared to some Gen 4.0 models, the PNY XLR8 CS3030 is one of the best SSDs for gaming for its reliable nature and affordable price point. In our testing, we found that this drive very much lived up to its humble figures, but it’s in the consistency where the PNY XLR8 CS3030 finds its footing most. 

The biggest strength of this drive is in its affordable nature for the capacity, as a more convenient, and faster, replacement for a traditional 1TB SATA. You have far less to worry about with reaching for the specific cables for your motherboard, or sliding that side panel off. With the PNY XLR8 CS3030, it’s just a case of screwing down into your M.2 slot and you’re away. You can find this model for around $100 these days, and it’s frequently on sale, too. 

Crucial MX500

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15. Crucial MX500

A top-performing SATA type SSD

Specifications

Capacities: 250GB – 2TBInterface: SATA 6GbpsSeq. read (1MB): 561 MB/s (1TB)Seq. write (1MB): 468 MB/s (1TB)Seq. read (4MB): 524 MB/s (1TB)Seq. write (4MB): 482 MB/s (1TB)Today’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at Newegg51 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆

Reasons to buy

+The best SATA SSD available+Cheap compared to M2 SSDs

Reasons to avoid

-SATA is much slower than other formats

SATA-type drives are the oldest form of SSDs on the market. And while they can’t quite compare against the M.2 form storage devices, they are still worthy of their place in the best SSD for gaming conversation – almost purely on value alone.

Simply put, nowadays, they are remarkably cheap. And you can have multiple SATA drives in your PC, provided you have the cables and setup, and for a bargain price. These drives can really shine as great backup drives for games and storing files on and the Crucial MX500 is the best of the lot, so you can’t go far wrong. Especially since it costs considerably less than other SATA SSD models at just $50 or £40 for 250GB, or around $225/£200 for a 2TB bad boy.

On the benchmarking front, the Crucial MX500 doesn’t ‘impress’ much compared to the other SSDs in this guide, but as explained above, that’s due to the SATA connection – everything is relative, after all. In the sequential 1MB test, it provides 561 MB/s read and 468 MB/s write – almost identical to the 4MB test with 524 MB/s and 482 MB/s respectively.

If you’re looking for a main SSD, then, budget-dependent, one of the above SSDs are likely your best bet, but if you’re looking for a secondary drive, or are building a budget rig, then the Crucial MX500 is certainly one of the best of the rest. I currently use it for all the games I can’t fit on my other drives and while the loading speeds aren’t quite the same, it’s still far better and faster than any HDD would be (and most other SATA SSDs, for that matter).

WD Blue SN750

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16. WD Blue SN570 1TB

Solid performance at budget prices, even for Gen 3.0

Specifications

Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe v1.4Read/write speed: 3500 / 3000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 460K / 450K IOPSWrite endurance: 600TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsPrimeView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (6 found)

Reasons to buy

+Solid performance for general navigation+5 year warranty +Aggressively priced for the performance

Reasons to avoid

-Average sequential performance-It gets surprisingly hot

For the asking price, the WD Blue SN570 offers exceptional value for money, with the trade-off being fairly average sequential speeds even by Gen 3.0 standards. Its asking price overall though is what elevates this particular drive above its competition, with the 1TB configuration we tested coming in with an MSRP of only $125 (though its frequently on sale for under $100) making it one of the better all-rounder performers we’ve seen at this capacity. 

You’re not going to witness the blistering speeds of Western Digital’s flagship Gen 4.0 range, such as the WD Black SN850, but for the money, you’re getting a very solid drive with more than respectable read and write figures, as well as decent transfer times. Make no mistake, while not face-meltingly fast, the WD Blue SN570 is still quicker, and cheaper, than most SATA III style drives on the market, while offering performance comparable to the SK Hynix Gold S31 in many respects. 

Best SSD for gaming: Frequently asked questions

What is a good size for a gaming SSD?

As games continue to get larger, we generally recommend either a 1TB or 2TB  model over anything smaller in the NVMe form factor. This is to give you enough headroom to load up titles from your virtual game libraries (such as Steam, Epic, or Origin) without having to constantly make room for new releases. Also, 1TB / 2TB drives tend to run slightly faster than their smaller siblings in the same product line. 

What is a good SSD speed for gaming?

While there’s no hard and fast rule as to the quickness of an SSD, we would strongly recommend a minimum of a Gen 3.0 drive in your gaming PC as it has rates of up to 3,500 MB/s read and write respectively. However, should you want the best of the best, then we’re seeing sequential performance exceeding 7,000 MB/s from flagship Gen 4.0 drives at the moment. Our advice is to go with the fastest drive that your budget allows, but ideally, you’ll want to go NVMe over the slower SATA and HDD models online. 

Are SSDs good for gaming?

With PC games continuing to become more demanding in terms of bandwidth and file sizes, SSDs are the way to go to minimize loading times and have faster boot-up speeds. A Gen 4.0 SSD especially is fast enough to load in things such as HD textures and the larger game worlds that modern titles utilize. You’ll certainly notice the difference than if you booted your games through a traditional hard drive. 


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Best SSD for gaming 2022

If you’re after the best SSD for gaming then there are a couple of things you need to consider, these are the form factor and the sequential performance. If you want brief loading times, super-speedy transfer rates, and all-around stable and stellar gameplay experiences, then these drives should see you through well. 
We’ll preface by saying that the best SSD for gaming is going to benefit from NVMe Gen 4.0 capabilities, at least as far as raw numbers and performance potential are concerned. It should be stated, however, that Gen 3.0 models are still very much valid in your machine, especially at their (usually) far cheaper price points. If you’re thinking of putting together one of the best gaming PCs, be sure to double-check what generations are supported on your motherboard of choice, as in 2022, we think aiming for a Gen 4.0 board is an absolute must.  
However, it isn’t all about NVMe drives when the best SSD for gaming is considered for a complete system, especially considering the ease of use of an expansion card format and traditional SATA drives. Most motherboards feature either two or three M.2 / NVMe slots in them, and things begin to get mighty expensive if you’re intending to fill up on the latest drives. Additionally, you can go for external hard drives to give yourself as much room as you need. 
We recommend a healthy mix of SATA and M.2 / NVMe to keep your system ticking over as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you’ve got your attention aimed at console storage, however, then we recommend our best PS5 SSD guide which goes over the ideal Gen 4.0 NVMe drives ready for use with Sony’s latest system.  
The best SSD for gaming in 2022

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1. WD Black SN850
The best SSD for gaming
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7000 / 5300 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1M / 720K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 300GB dynamicWrite endurance: 600TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (11 found)
Reasons to buy
+Excellent all-round performance+Exceptional 4K QD1 write speed+Large SLC cache
Reasons to avoid
-Heatsink is optional-Can get hot under sustained loads-Very expensive
Right now, cutting-edge contenders for the best SSD for gaming don’t deliver big benefits over cheaper drives, in-game. 
Tested here in 1TB form and also available in 500GB and 2TB capacities, the SN850 is an absolute screamer thanks to its quad-lane PCIe Gen 4 interface, shiny new controller chipset, and a large 300GB chunk of its SanDisk 96L 3D TLC flash memory running in super-fast SLC cache mode. Where it really scores, however, is in 4K random performance, which is arguably more important in terms of how responsive your PC feels. At 250MB/s, it’s the fastest flash drive we’ve seen for 4K random writes at queue depth one. Impressive.
As you’d expect given the SLC cache provisioning, sustained performance is excellent, too, maintaining peak performance right up to that 300GB marker, which should be plenty for most people. WD’s confidence in the SN850’s broader longevity is likewise indicated by the five-year warranty and 6TB write rating. All of which means our only reservations with this excellent SSD involve cooling and pricing. For the former, there is none as standard, which is a slight concern given this SSD can run hot. 
Read more: WD Black SN850 review

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2. Samsung 980 Pro
Incredible speeds and performance
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7000 / 5100 MB/sRandom reads: up to 1,000 IOPSRandom writes: up to 1,000 IOPSDRAM cache: 2GB LPDDR4Warranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at DellView at AmazonView at Best BuySee all prices (9 found)
Reasons to buy
+Blisteringly fast speeds+Consistent performance +Long warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Outdone by newer drives 
The Samsung 980 Pro is one of the best SSDs for gaming at the Gen 4 end of the spectrum that’s on the market right now, and it’s made even more appealing by the fact that it’s regularly on sale. Keep in mind that this particular NVMe drive only goes up to 2TB capacity, but if you’re wanting to operate within that 1TB-2TB range, then you can’t go wrong with the performance on offer. 
The highlight of the Samsung 980 Pro NVMe SSD is the Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 feature, which essentially acts as a boost to write more data than its predecessors (including the 970 Evo Plus) at much faster, more consistent rates. It should be noted that the SSD comes with specialist software (Samsung Magician) in order to track the health of your drive, as well as tweak any settings to your liking, which could be particularly important if you’re not using a heatsink (but we definitely recommend using one to keep those core temperatures down). It’s worth pointing out that you can also buy the coveted SSD with a built-in heatsink, too, though it’s significantly more expensive than the drive on its own.  
Read more: Samsung 980 Pro review

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3. Seagate FireCuda 530
A seriously quick, remarkably durable and predictably pricey SSD
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7,300 / 6,900 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1M / 1M IOPSDRAM cache: 2GB DDR4SLC cache: up to 450GB (model dependent)Write endurance: 2550TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at NeweggView at Best BuySee all prices (30 found)
Reasons to buy
+Super all-round performance+Epic endurance+PS5 compatible
Reasons to avoid
-Good rather than great 4K throughput-Predictably pricey
Seagate, one of the biggest names in storage, has been a long time coming to the very top rung of the best SSDs for gaming. But with the Seagate Firecuda 530 2TB, it’s absolutely up there with the big boys, in part thanks to the use of the excellent Phison E18 controller.
This 2TB model, therefore, cranks out well over 7GB/s of sequential read performance and is not far off that for writes. The Firecuda’s 4K random access performance is a little off that of the WD Black SN850, it’s still impressive, with around 250MB/s for writes. If you can say all that of most drives based on the Phison E18 controller, the Firecuda’s epic 2,550TB write endurance rating is something really exceptional. It’s also worth noting that this drive is fully compatible with the Sony PS5 and is optionally available with a PS5-optimised heatsink. All told, it’s one heck of an SSD, albeit available for one helluva lot of money.
Read more: Seagate FireCuda 530 review

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4. Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB
The best SSD for seriously fast sequential performance
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 NVMeRead/write speed: 7,300 / 7,000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1,000,000 / 1,000,000 IOPSWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at WalmartView at BHPhotoSee all prices (4 found)
Reasons to buy
+Stellar built-in heat spreader +Amazing sequential read speeds +Double-sided
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey in higher configurations
The Kingston Fury Renegade impresses across the board as one of the best SSDs for gaming on the market right now. With its stated speeds reaching upwards of 7,000 MBS, we’re happy to report that this drive really is the real deal when it comes to blazing-fast performance perfect for DirectStorage. 
Our benchmarks don’t lie, and neither did Kingston. The Fury Renegade achieved read and write speeds of 7,344.99 and 6,873.21 respectively through CrystalDiskMark, and a stellar Anvil score of 21,649.35 for some seriously impressive performance. Of course, raw numbers mean nothing if the in-game performance can’t back it up. Fortunately, loading and transfer times were as close to instant as you would hope for from a drive of this caliber. 
Briefing touching on transfer times, we noted that CyberPunk2077, a 64.88GB game, took only 22.66 seconds being written from one NVMe drive to the Kingston. It’s a similar story with Destiny 2, and its 73.5GB of content, which made the jump between drives in just 28 seconds. Loading times were all but non-existent as well, as we were able to jump into Halo Infinite’s main campaign in a mere 18 seconds – straight into gameplay.
Read more: Kingston Fury Renegade SSD review

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5. Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus
Massive amounts of super-fast SSD storage
Specifications
Capacities: Up to 4TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7,100 / 6,600 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 650K / 700K IOPSWrite endurance: 700 TB (1TB); 1,400 TB (2TB); 2,800 TB (4TB)Warranty: 5 YearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at WalmartView at BHPhotoSee all prices (5 found)
Reasons to buy
+Aggressively priced +Stellar performance +5 Year warranty and long lifespan 
Reasons to avoid
-Thermal throttling is common -4TB certainly isn’t cheap
The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus offers phenomenal sequential performance and comes with a suite of advanced software so that you can tailor its functionality to suit your needs – all for a cheaper rate than a lot of flagship Gen 4.0 NVMe models from other brands. The highlight of the drive comes from its consistent sustained data transfer rates, and with capacities ranging up to 4TB, it’s likely to offer all the grunt and space you need in your rig. 
Really it’s in the largest size available that the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus shines the brightest, especially when considering that the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 Gen 4.0 drives currently don’t come close to that kind of size range. On the performance front, however, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus can indeed hit those promised 7,100 MB/s read and 6600 MB/s write, making it one of the top-performing Gen 4.0 drives out on the market right now. 
Read more: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus review

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6. WD Black AN1500
The best expansion card SSD
Specifications
Capacities: 1TB – 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 3.0 x8Read/write speeds: 6500 / 4100 MB/sToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Lenovo USAView at WalmartSee all prices (7 found)
Reasons to buy
+Expansion card form, easily slots below your GPU+Insanely fast sequential read/write speeds+WD_BLACK gaming pedigree
Reasons to avoid
-Can get really expensive in higher configurations 
When you think of the best SSD for gaming, the first thing that comes to mind absolutely isn’t one in the form of an expansion card. The WD Black AN1500 is one of the first and best of this type on the market though, and while the speeds are utterly astounding, unfortunately, you do need to pay for the privilege. The smallest capacity for this bad boy is 1TB which will set you back around $330/£270, while the largest capacity available – the 4TB – is a staggering $999/£840. This is arguably the fastest SSD on the market for any gamer, but it’s only worth it for true PC gaming enthusiasts.
In terms of some benchmark numbers, the AnvilPro tool has the sequential 4MB read and write scores for the 2TB AN1500 as 4,231 MB/s and 3,448 MB/s respectively, which is far higher than the other SSDs we tested (although also a bigger capacity). In CrystalDiskMark, the sequential 1MB read and write scores were 6511 MB/s and 4412 MB/s.
On a more practical level, however, this has been my main SSD for gaming recently and I’ve been mightily impressed: loading my multiplayer games like Valorant and Rainbow Six Siege takes no time at all. There’s more than enough room on the AN1500 variants to store the majority of your games and then some. But be braced for impact when you see the price – this one is ripe for saving for or watching out for sales.
Read more: WD Black AN1500 SSD review

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7. Silicon Power US70
Fantastic gaming performance for affordable prices
Specifications
Capacities: 1TB – 2TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 5,000 / 4,400 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 750,000 / 750,000 IOPSWarranty : 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Great price-to-performance ratio+Affordable for its capacity +Easy to install and setup
Reasons to avoid
-Gets hot under stress 
The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus offers phenomenal sequential performance and comes with a suite of advanced software so that you can tailor its functionality to suit your needs – all for a cheaper rate than a lot of flagship Gen 4.0 NVMe models from other brands. The highlight of the drive comes from its consistent sustained data transfer rates, and with capacities ranging up to 4TB, it’s likely to offer all the grunt and space you need in your rig. 
Really it’s in the largest size available that the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus shines the brightest, especially when considering that the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 Gen 4.0 drives currently don’t come close to that kind of size range. On the performance front, however, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus can indeed hit those promised 7,100 MB/s read and 6600 MB/s write, making it one of the top-performing Gen 4.0 drives out on the market right now. 
Read more: Silicon Power US70 SSD review

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8. Addlink AddGame A95 2TB
Makes the most out of demanding modern games
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe 1.4Read/write speed: 7,400 / 7,000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1,000,000 / 1,000,000 IOPSToday’s Best DealsView at Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Superfast sequential speeds+Excellent built-in heat spreader +High durability compared to competition
Reasons to avoid
-Far from the cheapest Gen 4×4 drive
The Addlink AddGame A95 2TB is one of the fastest Gen 4 NVMe SSDs that we’ve put through its paces in recent memory, not to mention the fact that its built-in heatsink is one of the most effective we’ve seen, too. With its proposed sequential speeds of 7400 MB/s and 7000 MB/s read and write respectively, there really isn’t much more that you can ask from a storage drive for the money here. However, while loading times are, expectedly, impressive, it’s the file transfer speeds that deserve a closer inspection here. 
Transferring titles from your Steam library to a new drive is an arduous process that few of us like to go through, though, it’s not much of an issue at all for the Addlink AddGame A95 2TB model. We were blown away to see both Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite, two games which thrive on modern SSDs, being written onto the Addlink AddGame A95 2TB in no time at all. Battlefield 2042 especially, with its 48.33 GB file size was copied onto the M2 drive in just 6 minutes and 43 seconds, which is impressive knowing it was coming off a 4TB HDD and not a similar spec SSD. How does it fair transferring games from another Gen 4.0 NVMe drive? The same games took under 30 seconds. 
The Anvil scores are pretty solid as well. The AddGame A95 tallied up a respectable 16,849.40 overall, which positions it as one of the faster Gen 4 drives when it comes to those sequential times especially. If you’re after one of the fastest, and sleekest, Gen 4×4 sticks that you can throw into your rig, then this deserves your attention. 

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9. WD Black SN770 1TB
The best affordable Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD
Specifications
Capacities: up to 2TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 NVMeRead/write speed: 5,150 / 4,900 MB/sRandom write / read speed: 740K / 800K IOPSWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at Best BuyCheck Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Achieves targeted read and write speeds+Decent sequential performance +Competitively priced for a 1TB drive
Reasons to avoid
-Random read speeds are average
The WD Black SN770 is the successor to the hugely popular mid-tier WD Black SN750 SE model. It features a vastly improved sequential and random performance but at a similar price point. While you’re unlikely to be blown away by the raw numbers that the WD Black SN770 outputs, it is one of the best SSDs for gaming for those after an affordable, and consistent, Gen 4.0 drive in 2022. 
In our testing, we found that the WD Black SN770 achieved its respectable claimed sequential speeds, with CrystalDiskMark read and write benchmarks of 5,227.53 and 4,980.83 respectively. What’s more, the Anvil Pro score was equally solid at 20,024.98, which is a figure normally reserved for more upmarket NVMe drives. 
With its aggressive asking price MSRP of $129.99 / £142.99 for a 1TB model, the WD Black SN770 certainly positions itself as one of the more competitive offerings from the storage brand. If you’re after a drive with a terrific price-to-performance ratio that’ll do everything from quick OS boot times to lightning-fast in-game loading, then the WD Black SN770 is a hard proposition to beat for the money. 

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10. Patriot Viper VP4300 1TB
Superfast read speeds at a great price
Specifications
Capacities : up to 2TB Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe 1.4Read/write speed: 7,400 / 5,500 MB/sRandom read/write speed: up to 800,000 IOPSWrite endurance: 1000TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Lightning-fast seq read and write speeds+Two included heatsink solutions+Competitively priced 
Reasons to avoid
-Random speeds aren’t as strong
Having been pleasantly surprised by the Viper VP4300 when we put it in a PS5, we are once again very pleased having seen its lofty speeds revealed themselves on PC. Games booted up in mere moments, which was particularly impressive when running titles such as Deathloop (which otherwise has fairly lengthy loading times on the platform when running on either a SATA III SSD or traditional HDD.
One interesting inclusion with the Patriot Viper VP4300 is the two included heatsink solutions available to you, and while we personally didn’t try the thin graphene heat spreader in our system, we did note that the aluminum heatsink did a decent job of keeping those core temperatures down when stress testing the unit, something that we cannot say for some drives we’ve put through their paces in the past six months or so. 
If you’re after an all-in-one solution that promises consistent performance, with the sequential speeds to match, then you really can’t go wrong considering the asking price here. We will say that 1TB appears to be the sweet spot from a price-to-performance ratio, as the 2TB configuration is a little on the expensive side, but you’re getting a more-than-proficient drive all things considered for either PS5 or PC here. 

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11. ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite
An affordable PCIe Gen 4 drive with plenty of TLC
Specifications
Capacities: 1TB or 2TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 3900 / 3200 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 490K / 540K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 296GBWrite endurance: 1480TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (4 found)
Reasons to buy
+Micron TLC flash memory+Runs pretty cool+Five-year warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Limited to four memory channels-Slower than most Gen 4 drives
A relatively cheap 2TB PCI Express Gen 4 SSD? Uh oh, what is the Adata XPG Gammix S50 Lite 2TB hiding? Well, it’s not that nasty, slow QLC flash memory – this thing has the good stuff, namely 96-layer Micron-made TLC NAND chips. Phew. It also packs 1GB of DDR4 cache, so it’s not one of those budget DRAMless duds, albeit more expensive 2TB SSDs tend to go with 2GB.
Drill down into the performance figures, however, and you’ll find that this is not a full-speed PCIe 4.0 M.2 drive. Rated at 3,900MB/s for reads and 3,200MB/s for writes, it’s well off the circa 7,000MB/s of the fastest drives (and also doesn’t meet the recommended 5,500MB/s reads for the Sony PS5). IOPS of 490K and 540K for reads and writes, respectively, are likewise down on the best by about the same margin. 
The reason is largely thanks to the use of Silicon Motion’s budget PCIe Gen 4 controller, the SM2267. It’s not bad, per se, but it is limited to four memory channels where the big boys have eight. However, the Gammix S50 Lite is still rated for a healthy 1,480TB of write endurance and comes backed by a five-year warranty. So, it’s a safe long-term bet if you’re looking for a value-busting best SSD for gaming contender.

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12. SK Hynix Gold P31
Gen 3.0 performance at a great rate
Specifications
Capacities: up to 1TBInterface: M.2 2280Read/write speed: 3500 / 3200 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 570K / 600K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 92GB dynamicWrite endurance: 750TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (11 found)
Reasons to buy
+Good all-round performance+A proper TLC rather than QLC drive+Five-year warranty
Reasons to avoid
-‘Only’ a PCIe 3.0 drive-Slightly patchy 4K performance-Lack of AES 256-bit encryption (if you’re being picky)
How much SSD do you actually need for a gaming-centric PC? Probably about as much as the SK Hynix Gold P31 offers in 1TB format. That’s enough storage to keep a fair few of your favorite titles stored for quick access. As for performance, this is a PCIe Gen 3 rather than Gen 4 M.2 SSD. So, it’s limited to half the interface speed of the very best drives. But it’ll still knock out around 3.5GB/s of both read and write performance, which will be plenty for most gamers. 
Anyway, if you don’t have a PC with PCIe 4.0 support – and that’s most of us – it’s something of a moot point. Elsewhere, performance is mostly strong, with sustained throughput never drooping below 750MB/s even when filling the drive to capacity, no doubt thanks to the use of TLC rather than cheaper QLC memory chips. 4K random access performance is a tiny bit patchier, but not to the extent that you’ll feel it subjectively in use.
The same goes for game-level load times. Yes, the very best SSDs for gaming are quicker. The fastest available drives deliver double the peak bandwidth, but only around 15 to 20 percent faster load times. 
Read more: SK Hynix Gold P31 review

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13. WD Black SN750
A familiar name and model is a go-to NVMe SSD
Specifications
Capacities: 250GB – 4TBInterface: M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4Seq. read (1MB): 3,108 MB/s (250GB)Seq. write (1MB): 1,575 MB/s (250GB)Seq. read (4MB): 2,474 MB/s (250GB)Seq. write (4MB): 1,488 MB/s (250GB)Today’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Tomtop WWView at NeweggSee all prices (16 found)11 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Fairly priced+One of the best performing M.2 SSDs on the market+Range of capacities available
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than SATA
One of the best performing M.2 SSDs on the market is the WD Black SN750. It doesn’t innovate much over its predecessor – it’s still on the same hardware, after all – but the performance tests prove that you don’t need to fix what ain’t broke. It’s worth noting that we’ve only tested the 250GB variant of the SN750 – the increased sizes seem to offer better performance, peaking at 1TB, before the 2TB option starts to decrease again. However, at just £45/$55 for the 250GB model, you’re not breaking the bank for an SSD that can hold a good few games.
In AnvilPro, the 250GB SN750 came back with 2,474 MB/s and 1,488 MB/s read and write scores in the sequential 4MB category, but improved upon them slightly – as expected – in CrystalDiskMark’s 1MB test, with 3108 MB/s and 1575 MB/s. These are incredibly hearty numbers and show that the drive has the chops to handle whatever you throw at it.
I’ve been mainly using the SN750 for my single-player games – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, etc. – and the loading is impressively quick, to the point where this SSD – especially at this price – would easily take the number one spot in this buying guide were it not for the incredible speeds of the AN1500.

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14. PNY XLR8 CS3030 1TB
A respectable Gen 3.0 NVMe drive for a great price
Specifications
Capacities: up to 2TBInterface: PCIe 3.0 x4 Read/write speed: 3,500 / 3000 MB/sWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at BHPhotoView at AdoramaCheck Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Affordably priced +Low core temperatures +Efficient performance
Reasons to avoid
-Outperformed by Gen 4.0 drives
While it’s unlikely to turn many heads when compared to some Gen 4.0 models, the PNY XLR8 CS3030 is one of the best SSDs for gaming for its reliable nature and affordable price point. In our testing, we found that this drive very much lived up to its humble figures, but it’s in the consistency where the PNY XLR8 CS3030 finds its footing most. 
The biggest strength of this drive is in its affordable nature for the capacity, as a more convenient, and faster, replacement for a traditional 1TB SATA. You have far less to worry about with reaching for the specific cables for your motherboard, or sliding that side panel off. With the PNY XLR8 CS3030, it’s just a case of screwing down into your M.2 slot and you’re away. You can find this model for around $100 these days, and it’s frequently on sale, too. 

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15. Crucial MX500
A top-performing SATA type SSD
Specifications
Capacities: 250GB – 2TBInterface: SATA 6GbpsSeq. read (1MB): 561 MB/s (1TB)Seq. write (1MB): 468 MB/s (1TB)Seq. read (4MB): 524 MB/s (1TB)Seq. write (4MB): 482 MB/s (1TB)Today’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Newegg51 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+The best SATA SSD available+Cheap compared to M2 SSDs
Reasons to avoid
-SATA is much slower than other formats
SATA-type drives are the oldest form of SSDs on the market. And while they can’t quite compare against the M.2 form storage devices, they are still worthy of their place in the best SSD for gaming conversation – almost purely on value alone.
Simply put, nowadays, they are remarkably cheap. And you can have multiple SATA drives in your PC, provided you have the cables and setup, and for a bargain price. These drives can really shine as great backup drives for games and storing files on and the Crucial MX500 is the best of the lot, so you can’t go far wrong. Especially since it costs considerably less than other SATA SSD models at just $50 or £40 for 250GB, or around $225/£200 for a 2TB bad boy.
On the benchmarking front, the Crucial MX500 doesn’t ‘impress’ much compared to the other SSDs in this guide, but as explained above, that’s due to the SATA connection – everything is relative, after all. In the sequential 1MB test, it provides 561 MB/s read and 468 MB/s write – almost identical to the 4MB test with 524 MB/s and 482 MB/s respectively.
If you’re looking for a main SSD, then, budget-dependent, one of the above SSDs are likely your best bet, but if you’re looking for a secondary drive, or are building a budget rig, then the Crucial MX500 is certainly one of the best of the rest. I currently use it for all the games I can’t fit on my other drives and while the loading speeds aren’t quite the same, it’s still far better and faster than any HDD would be (and most other SATA SSDs, for that matter).

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16. WD Blue SN570 1TB
Solid performance at budget prices, even for Gen 3.0
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe v1.4Read/write speed: 3500 / 3000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 460K / 450K IOPSWrite endurance: 600TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (6 found)
Reasons to buy
+Solid performance for general navigation+5 year warranty +Aggressively priced for the performance
Reasons to avoid
-Average sequential performance-It gets surprisingly hot
For the asking price, the WD Blue SN570 offers exceptional value for money, with the trade-off being fairly average sequential speeds even by Gen 3.0 standards. Its asking price overall though is what elevates this particular drive above its competition, with the 1TB configuration we tested coming in with an MSRP of only $125 (though its frequently on sale for under $100) making it one of the better all-rounder performers we’ve seen at this capacity. 
You’re not going to witness the blistering speeds of Western Digital’s flagship Gen 4.0 range, such as the WD Black SN850, but for the money, you’re getting a very solid drive with more than respectable read and write figures, as well as decent transfer times. Make no mistake, while not face-meltingly fast, the WD Blue SN570 is still quicker, and cheaper, than most SATA III style drives on the market, while offering performance comparable to the SK Hynix Gold S31 in many respects. 
Best SSD for gaming: Frequently asked questions
What is a good size for a gaming SSD?
As games continue to get larger, we generally recommend either a 1TB or 2TB  model over anything smaller in the NVMe form factor. This is to give you enough headroom to load up titles from your virtual game libraries (such as Steam, Epic, or Origin) without having to constantly make room for new releases. Also, 1TB / 2TB drives tend to run slightly faster than their smaller siblings in the same product line. 
What is a good SSD speed for gaming?
While there’s no hard and fast rule as to the quickness of an SSD, we would strongly recommend a minimum of a Gen 3.0 drive in your gaming PC as it has rates of up to 3,500 MB/s read and write respectively. However, should you want the best of the best, then we’re seeing sequential performance exceeding 7,000 MB/s from flagship Gen 4.0 drives at the moment. Our advice is to go with the fastest drive that your budget allows, but ideally, you’ll want to go NVMe over the slower SATA and HDD models online. 
Are SSDs good for gaming?
With PC games continuing to become more demanding in terms of bandwidth and file sizes, SSDs are the way to go to minimize loading times and have faster boot-up speeds. A Gen 4.0 SSD especially is fast enough to load in things such as HD textures and the larger game worlds that modern titles utilize. You’ll certainly notice the difference than if you booted your games through a traditional hard drive. 
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Best SSD for gaming 2022

If you’re after the best SSD for gaming then there are a couple of things you need to consider, these are the form factor and the sequential performance. If you want brief loading times, super-speedy transfer rates, and all-around stable and stellar gameplay experiences, then these drives should see you through well. 
We’ll preface by saying that the best SSD for gaming is going to benefit from NVMe Gen 4.0 capabilities, at least as far as raw numbers and performance potential are concerned. It should be stated, however, that Gen 3.0 models are still very much valid in your machine, especially at their (usually) far cheaper price points. If you’re thinking of putting together one of the best gaming PCs, be sure to double-check what generations are supported on your motherboard of choice, as in 2022, we think aiming for a Gen 4.0 board is an absolute must.  
However, it isn’t all about NVMe drives when the best SSD for gaming is considered for a complete system, especially considering the ease of use of an expansion card format and traditional SATA drives. Most motherboards feature either two or three M.2 / NVMe slots in them, and things begin to get mighty expensive if you’re intending to fill up on the latest drives. Additionally, you can go for external hard drives to give yourself as much room as you need. 
We recommend a healthy mix of SATA and M.2 / NVMe to keep your system ticking over as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you’ve got your attention aimed at console storage, however, then we recommend our best PS5 SSD guide which goes over the ideal Gen 4.0 NVMe drives ready for use with Sony’s latest system.  
The best SSD for gaming in 2022

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1. WD Black SN850
The best SSD for gaming
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7000 / 5300 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1M / 720K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 300GB dynamicWrite endurance: 600TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (11 found)
Reasons to buy
+Excellent all-round performance+Exceptional 4K QD1 write speed+Large SLC cache
Reasons to avoid
-Heatsink is optional-Can get hot under sustained loads-Very expensive
Right now, cutting-edge contenders for the best SSD for gaming don’t deliver big benefits over cheaper drives, in-game. 
Tested here in 1TB form and also available in 500GB and 2TB capacities, the SN850 is an absolute screamer thanks to its quad-lane PCIe Gen 4 interface, shiny new controller chipset, and a large 300GB chunk of its SanDisk 96L 3D TLC flash memory running in super-fast SLC cache mode. Where it really scores, however, is in 4K random performance, which is arguably more important in terms of how responsive your PC feels. At 250MB/s, it’s the fastest flash drive we’ve seen for 4K random writes at queue depth one. Impressive.
As you’d expect given the SLC cache provisioning, sustained performance is excellent, too, maintaining peak performance right up to that 300GB marker, which should be plenty for most people. WD’s confidence in the SN850’s broader longevity is likewise indicated by the five-year warranty and 6TB write rating. All of which means our only reservations with this excellent SSD involve cooling and pricing. For the former, there is none as standard, which is a slight concern given this SSD can run hot. 
Read more: WD Black SN850 review

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2. Samsung 980 Pro
Incredible speeds and performance
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7000 / 5100 MB/sRandom reads: up to 1,000 IOPSRandom writes: up to 1,000 IOPSDRAM cache: 2GB LPDDR4Warranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at DellView at AmazonView at Best BuySee all prices (9 found)
Reasons to buy
+Blisteringly fast speeds+Consistent performance +Long warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Outdone by newer drives 
The Samsung 980 Pro is one of the best SSDs for gaming at the Gen 4 end of the spectrum that’s on the market right now, and it’s made even more appealing by the fact that it’s regularly on sale. Keep in mind that this particular NVMe drive only goes up to 2TB capacity, but if you’re wanting to operate within that 1TB-2TB range, then you can’t go wrong with the performance on offer. 
The highlight of the Samsung 980 Pro NVMe SSD is the Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 feature, which essentially acts as a boost to write more data than its predecessors (including the 970 Evo Plus) at much faster, more consistent rates. It should be noted that the SSD comes with specialist software (Samsung Magician) in order to track the health of your drive, as well as tweak any settings to your liking, which could be particularly important if you’re not using a heatsink (but we definitely recommend using one to keep those core temperatures down). It’s worth pointing out that you can also buy the coveted SSD with a built-in heatsink, too, though it’s significantly more expensive than the drive on its own.  
Read more: Samsung 980 Pro review

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3. Seagate FireCuda 530
A seriously quick, remarkably durable and predictably pricey SSD
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7,300 / 6,900 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1M / 1M IOPSDRAM cache: 2GB DDR4SLC cache: up to 450GB (model dependent)Write endurance: 2550TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at NeweggView at Best BuySee all prices (30 found)
Reasons to buy
+Super all-round performance+Epic endurance+PS5 compatible
Reasons to avoid
-Good rather than great 4K throughput-Predictably pricey
Seagate, one of the biggest names in storage, has been a long time coming to the very top rung of the best SSDs for gaming. But with the Seagate Firecuda 530 2TB, it’s absolutely up there with the big boys, in part thanks to the use of the excellent Phison E18 controller.
This 2TB model, therefore, cranks out well over 7GB/s of sequential read performance and is not far off that for writes. The Firecuda’s 4K random access performance is a little off that of the WD Black SN850, it’s still impressive, with around 250MB/s for writes. If you can say all that of most drives based on the Phison E18 controller, the Firecuda’s epic 2,550TB write endurance rating is something really exceptional. It’s also worth noting that this drive is fully compatible with the Sony PS5 and is optionally available with a PS5-optimised heatsink. All told, it’s one heck of an SSD, albeit available for one helluva lot of money.
Read more: Seagate FireCuda 530 review

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4. Kingston Fury Renegade 2TB
The best SSD for seriously fast sequential performance
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 NVMeRead/write speed: 7,300 / 7,000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1,000,000 / 1,000,000 IOPSWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at WalmartView at BHPhotoSee all prices (4 found)
Reasons to buy
+Stellar built-in heat spreader +Amazing sequential read speeds +Double-sided
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey in higher configurations
The Kingston Fury Renegade impresses across the board as one of the best SSDs for gaming on the market right now. With its stated speeds reaching upwards of 7,000 MBS, we’re happy to report that this drive really is the real deal when it comes to blazing-fast performance perfect for DirectStorage. 
Our benchmarks don’t lie, and neither did Kingston. The Fury Renegade achieved read and write speeds of 7,344.99 and 6,873.21 respectively through CrystalDiskMark, and a stellar Anvil score of 21,649.35 for some seriously impressive performance. Of course, raw numbers mean nothing if the in-game performance can’t back it up. Fortunately, loading and transfer times were as close to instant as you would hope for from a drive of this caliber. 
Briefing touching on transfer times, we noted that CyberPunk2077, a 64.88GB game, took only 22.66 seconds being written from one NVMe drive to the Kingston. It’s a similar story with Destiny 2, and its 73.5GB of content, which made the jump between drives in just 28 seconds. Loading times were all but non-existent as well, as we were able to jump into Halo Infinite’s main campaign in a mere 18 seconds – straight into gameplay.
Read more: Kingston Fury Renegade SSD review

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5. Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus
Massive amounts of super-fast SSD storage
Specifications
Capacities: Up to 4TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 7,100 / 6,600 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 650K / 700K IOPSWrite endurance: 700 TB (1TB); 1,400 TB (2TB); 2,800 TB (4TB)Warranty: 5 YearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at WalmartView at BHPhotoSee all prices (5 found)
Reasons to buy
+Aggressively priced +Stellar performance +5 Year warranty and long lifespan 
Reasons to avoid
-Thermal throttling is common -4TB certainly isn’t cheap
The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus offers phenomenal sequential performance and comes with a suite of advanced software so that you can tailor its functionality to suit your needs – all for a cheaper rate than a lot of flagship Gen 4.0 NVMe models from other brands. The highlight of the drive comes from its consistent sustained data transfer rates, and with capacities ranging up to 4TB, it’s likely to offer all the grunt and space you need in your rig. 
Really it’s in the largest size available that the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus shines the brightest, especially when considering that the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 Gen 4.0 drives currently don’t come close to that kind of size range. On the performance front, however, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus can indeed hit those promised 7,100 MB/s read and 6600 MB/s write, making it one of the top-performing Gen 4.0 drives out on the market right now. 
Read more: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus review

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6. WD Black AN1500
The best expansion card SSD
Specifications
Capacities: 1TB – 4TBInterface: AIC PCIe 3.0 x8Read/write speeds: 6500 / 4100 MB/sToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Lenovo USAView at WalmartSee all prices (7 found)
Reasons to buy
+Expansion card form, easily slots below your GPU+Insanely fast sequential read/write speeds+WD_BLACK gaming pedigree
Reasons to avoid
-Can get really expensive in higher configurations 
When you think of the best SSD for gaming, the first thing that comes to mind absolutely isn’t one in the form of an expansion card. The WD Black AN1500 is one of the first and best of this type on the market though, and while the speeds are utterly astounding, unfortunately, you do need to pay for the privilege. The smallest capacity for this bad boy is 1TB which will set you back around $330/£270, while the largest capacity available – the 4TB – is a staggering $999/£840. This is arguably the fastest SSD on the market for any gamer, but it’s only worth it for true PC gaming enthusiasts.
In terms of some benchmark numbers, the AnvilPro tool has the sequential 4MB read and write scores for the 2TB AN1500 as 4,231 MB/s and 3,448 MB/s respectively, which is far higher than the other SSDs we tested (although also a bigger capacity). In CrystalDiskMark, the sequential 1MB read and write scores were 6511 MB/s and 4412 MB/s.
On a more practical level, however, this has been my main SSD for gaming recently and I’ve been mightily impressed: loading my multiplayer games like Valorant and Rainbow Six Siege takes no time at all. There’s more than enough room on the AN1500 variants to store the majority of your games and then some. But be braced for impact when you see the price – this one is ripe for saving for or watching out for sales.
Read more: WD Black AN1500 SSD review

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7. Silicon Power US70
Fantastic gaming performance for affordable prices
Specifications
Capacities: 1TB – 2TBInterface: AIC PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 5,000 / 4,400 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 750,000 / 750,000 IOPSWarranty : 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Great price-to-performance ratio+Affordable for its capacity +Easy to install and setup
Reasons to avoid
-Gets hot under stress 
The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus offers phenomenal sequential performance and comes with a suite of advanced software so that you can tailor its functionality to suit your needs – all for a cheaper rate than a lot of flagship Gen 4.0 NVMe models from other brands. The highlight of the drive comes from its consistent sustained data transfer rates, and with capacities ranging up to 4TB, it’s likely to offer all the grunt and space you need in your rig. 
Really it’s in the largest size available that the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus shines the brightest, especially when considering that the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 Gen 4.0 drives currently don’t come close to that kind of size range. On the performance front, however, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus can indeed hit those promised 7,100 MB/s read and 6600 MB/s write, making it one of the top-performing Gen 4.0 drives out on the market right now. 
Read more: Silicon Power US70 SSD review

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8. Addlink AddGame A95 2TB
Makes the most out of demanding modern games
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen 4×4 NVMe 1.4Read/write speed: 7,400 / 7,000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 1,000,000 / 1,000,000 IOPSToday’s Best DealsView at Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Superfast sequential speeds+Excellent built-in heat spreader +High durability compared to competition
Reasons to avoid
-Far from the cheapest Gen 4×4 drive
The Addlink AddGame A95 2TB is one of the fastest Gen 4 NVMe SSDs that we’ve put through its paces in recent memory, not to mention the fact that its built-in heatsink is one of the most effective we’ve seen, too. With its proposed sequential speeds of 7400 MB/s and 7000 MB/s read and write respectively, there really isn’t much more that you can ask from a storage drive for the money here. However, while loading times are, expectedly, impressive, it’s the file transfer speeds that deserve a closer inspection here. 
Transferring titles from your Steam library to a new drive is an arduous process that few of us like to go through, though, it’s not much of an issue at all for the Addlink AddGame A95 2TB model. We were blown away to see both Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite, two games which thrive on modern SSDs, being written onto the Addlink AddGame A95 2TB in no time at all. Battlefield 2042 especially, with its 48.33 GB file size was copied onto the M2 drive in just 6 minutes and 43 seconds, which is impressive knowing it was coming off a 4TB HDD and not a similar spec SSD. How does it fair transferring games from another Gen 4.0 NVMe drive? The same games took under 30 seconds. 
The Anvil scores are pretty solid as well. The AddGame A95 tallied up a respectable 16,849.40 overall, which positions it as one of the faster Gen 4 drives when it comes to those sequential times especially. If you’re after one of the fastest, and sleekest, Gen 4×4 sticks that you can throw into your rig, then this deserves your attention. 

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9. WD Black SN770 1TB
The best affordable Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD
Specifications
Capacities: up to 2TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 NVMeRead/write speed: 5,150 / 4,900 MB/sRandom write / read speed: 740K / 800K IOPSWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at Best BuyCheck Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Achieves targeted read and write speeds+Decent sequential performance +Competitively priced for a 1TB drive
Reasons to avoid
-Random read speeds are average
The WD Black SN770 is the successor to the hugely popular mid-tier WD Black SN750 SE model. It features a vastly improved sequential and random performance but at a similar price point. While you’re unlikely to be blown away by the raw numbers that the WD Black SN770 outputs, it is one of the best SSDs for gaming for those after an affordable, and consistent, Gen 4.0 drive in 2022. 
In our testing, we found that the WD Black SN770 achieved its respectable claimed sequential speeds, with CrystalDiskMark read and write benchmarks of 5,227.53 and 4,980.83 respectively. What’s more, the Anvil Pro score was equally solid at 20,024.98, which is a figure normally reserved for more upmarket NVMe drives. 
With its aggressive asking price MSRP of $129.99 / £142.99 for a 1TB model, the WD Black SN770 certainly positions itself as one of the more competitive offerings from the storage brand. If you’re after a drive with a terrific price-to-performance ratio that’ll do everything from quick OS boot times to lightning-fast in-game loading, then the WD Black SN770 is a hard proposition to beat for the money. 

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10. Patriot Viper VP4300 1TB
Superfast read speeds at a great price
Specifications
Capacities : up to 2TB Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe 1.4Read/write speed: 7,400 / 5,500 MB/sRandom read/write speed: up to 800,000 IOPSWrite endurance: 1000TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Lightning-fast seq read and write speeds+Two included heatsink solutions+Competitively priced 
Reasons to avoid
-Random speeds aren’t as strong
Having been pleasantly surprised by the Viper VP4300 when we put it in a PS5, we are once again very pleased having seen its lofty speeds revealed themselves on PC. Games booted up in mere moments, which was particularly impressive when running titles such as Deathloop (which otherwise has fairly lengthy loading times on the platform when running on either a SATA III SSD or traditional HDD.
One interesting inclusion with the Patriot Viper VP4300 is the two included heatsink solutions available to you, and while we personally didn’t try the thin graphene heat spreader in our system, we did note that the aluminum heatsink did a decent job of keeping those core temperatures down when stress testing the unit, something that we cannot say for some drives we’ve put through their paces in the past six months or so. 
If you’re after an all-in-one solution that promises consistent performance, with the sequential speeds to match, then you really can’t go wrong considering the asking price here. We will say that 1TB appears to be the sweet spot from a price-to-performance ratio, as the 2TB configuration is a little on the expensive side, but you’re getting a more-than-proficient drive all things considered for either PS5 or PC here. 

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11. ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite
An affordable PCIe Gen 4 drive with plenty of TLC
Specifications
Capacities: 1TB or 2TBInterface: PCIe 4.0 x4Read/write speed: 3900 / 3200 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 490K / 540K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 296GBWrite endurance: 1480TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (4 found)
Reasons to buy
+Micron TLC flash memory+Runs pretty cool+Five-year warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Limited to four memory channels-Slower than most Gen 4 drives
A relatively cheap 2TB PCI Express Gen 4 SSD? Uh oh, what is the Adata XPG Gammix S50 Lite 2TB hiding? Well, it’s not that nasty, slow QLC flash memory – this thing has the good stuff, namely 96-layer Micron-made TLC NAND chips. Phew. It also packs 1GB of DDR4 cache, so it’s not one of those budget DRAMless duds, albeit more expensive 2TB SSDs tend to go with 2GB.
Drill down into the performance figures, however, and you’ll find that this is not a full-speed PCIe 4.0 M.2 drive. Rated at 3,900MB/s for reads and 3,200MB/s for writes, it’s well off the circa 7,000MB/s of the fastest drives (and also doesn’t meet the recommended 5,500MB/s reads for the Sony PS5). IOPS of 490K and 540K for reads and writes, respectively, are likewise down on the best by about the same margin. 
The reason is largely thanks to the use of Silicon Motion’s budget PCIe Gen 4 controller, the SM2267. It’s not bad, per se, but it is limited to four memory channels where the big boys have eight. However, the Gammix S50 Lite is still rated for a healthy 1,480TB of write endurance and comes backed by a five-year warranty. So, it’s a safe long-term bet if you’re looking for a value-busting best SSD for gaming contender.

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12. SK Hynix Gold P31
Gen 3.0 performance at a great rate
Specifications
Capacities: up to 1TBInterface: M.2 2280Read/write speed: 3500 / 3200 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 570K / 600K IOPSDRAM cache: 1GB DDR4SLC cache: 92GB dynamicWrite endurance: 750TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at DellSee all prices (11 found)
Reasons to buy
+Good all-round performance+A proper TLC rather than QLC drive+Five-year warranty
Reasons to avoid
-‘Only’ a PCIe 3.0 drive-Slightly patchy 4K performance-Lack of AES 256-bit encryption (if you’re being picky)
How much SSD do you actually need for a gaming-centric PC? Probably about as much as the SK Hynix Gold P31 offers in 1TB format. That’s enough storage to keep a fair few of your favorite titles stored for quick access. As for performance, this is a PCIe Gen 3 rather than Gen 4 M.2 SSD. So, it’s limited to half the interface speed of the very best drives. But it’ll still knock out around 3.5GB/s of both read and write performance, which will be plenty for most gamers. 
Anyway, if you don’t have a PC with PCIe 4.0 support – and that’s most of us – it’s something of a moot point. Elsewhere, performance is mostly strong, with sustained throughput never drooping below 750MB/s even when filling the drive to capacity, no doubt thanks to the use of TLC rather than cheaper QLC memory chips. 4K random access performance is a tiny bit patchier, but not to the extent that you’ll feel it subjectively in use.
The same goes for game-level load times. Yes, the very best SSDs for gaming are quicker. The fastest available drives deliver double the peak bandwidth, but only around 15 to 20 percent faster load times. 
Read more: SK Hynix Gold P31 review

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13. WD Black SN750
A familiar name and model is a go-to NVMe SSD
Specifications
Capacities: 250GB – 4TBInterface: M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4Seq. read (1MB): 3,108 MB/s (250GB)Seq. write (1MB): 1,575 MB/s (250GB)Seq. read (4MB): 2,474 MB/s (250GB)Seq. write (4MB): 1,488 MB/s (250GB)Today’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Tomtop WWView at NeweggSee all prices (16 found)11 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+Fairly priced+One of the best performing M.2 SSDs on the market+Range of capacities available
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than SATA
One of the best performing M.2 SSDs on the market is the WD Black SN750. It doesn’t innovate much over its predecessor – it’s still on the same hardware, after all – but the performance tests prove that you don’t need to fix what ain’t broke. It’s worth noting that we’ve only tested the 250GB variant of the SN750 – the increased sizes seem to offer better performance, peaking at 1TB, before the 2TB option starts to decrease again. However, at just £45/$55 for the 250GB model, you’re not breaking the bank for an SSD that can hold a good few games.
In AnvilPro, the 250GB SN750 came back with 2,474 MB/s and 1,488 MB/s read and write scores in the sequential 4MB category, but improved upon them slightly – as expected – in CrystalDiskMark’s 1MB test, with 3108 MB/s and 1575 MB/s. These are incredibly hearty numbers and show that the drive has the chops to handle whatever you throw at it.
I’ve been mainly using the SN750 for my single-player games – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, etc. – and the loading is impressively quick, to the point where this SSD – especially at this price – would easily take the number one spot in this buying guide were it not for the incredible speeds of the AN1500.

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14. PNY XLR8 CS3030 1TB
A respectable Gen 3.0 NVMe drive for a great price
Specifications
Capacities: up to 2TBInterface: PCIe 3.0 x4 Read/write speed: 3,500 / 3000 MB/sWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at BHPhotoView at AdoramaCheck Amazon
Reasons to buy
+Affordably priced +Low core temperatures +Efficient performance
Reasons to avoid
-Outperformed by Gen 4.0 drives
While it’s unlikely to turn many heads when compared to some Gen 4.0 models, the PNY XLR8 CS3030 is one of the best SSDs for gaming for its reliable nature and affordable price point. In our testing, we found that this drive very much lived up to its humble figures, but it’s in the consistency where the PNY XLR8 CS3030 finds its footing most. 
The biggest strength of this drive is in its affordable nature for the capacity, as a more convenient, and faster, replacement for a traditional 1TB SATA. You have far less to worry about with reaching for the specific cables for your motherboard, or sliding that side panel off. With the PNY XLR8 CS3030, it’s just a case of screwing down into your M.2 slot and you’re away. You can find this model for around $100 these days, and it’s frequently on sale, too. 

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15. Crucial MX500
A top-performing SATA type SSD
Specifications
Capacities: 250GB – 2TBInterface: SATA 6GbpsSeq. read (1MB): 561 MB/s (1TB)Seq. write (1MB): 468 MB/s (1TB)Seq. read (4MB): 524 MB/s (1TB)Seq. write (4MB): 482 MB/s (1TB)Today’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Newegg51 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆
Reasons to buy
+The best SATA SSD available+Cheap compared to M2 SSDs
Reasons to avoid
-SATA is much slower than other formats
SATA-type drives are the oldest form of SSDs on the market. And while they can’t quite compare against the M.2 form storage devices, they are still worthy of their place in the best SSD for gaming conversation – almost purely on value alone.
Simply put, nowadays, they are remarkably cheap. And you can have multiple SATA drives in your PC, provided you have the cables and setup, and for a bargain price. These drives can really shine as great backup drives for games and storing files on and the Crucial MX500 is the best of the lot, so you can’t go far wrong. Especially since it costs considerably less than other SATA SSD models at just $50 or £40 for 250GB, or around $225/£200 for a 2TB bad boy.
On the benchmarking front, the Crucial MX500 doesn’t ‘impress’ much compared to the other SSDs in this guide, but as explained above, that’s due to the SATA connection – everything is relative, after all. In the sequential 1MB test, it provides 561 MB/s read and 468 MB/s write – almost identical to the 4MB test with 524 MB/s and 482 MB/s respectively.
If you’re looking for a main SSD, then, budget-dependent, one of the above SSDs are likely your best bet, but if you’re looking for a secondary drive, or are building a budget rig, then the Crucial MX500 is certainly one of the best of the rest. I currently use it for all the games I can’t fit on my other drives and while the loading speeds aren’t quite the same, it’s still far better and faster than any HDD would be (and most other SATA SSDs, for that matter).

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16. WD Blue SN570 1TB
Solid performance at budget prices, even for Gen 3.0
Specifications
Capacities: up to 4TBInterface: PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe v1.4Read/write speed: 3500 / 3000 MB/sRandom read/write speed: 460K / 450K IOPSWrite endurance: 600TBWarranty: 5 yearsToday’s Best DealsView at AmazonView at Best BuyView at NeweggSee all prices (6 found)
Reasons to buy
+Solid performance for general navigation+5 year warranty +Aggressively priced for the performance
Reasons to avoid
-Average sequential performance-It gets surprisingly hot
For the asking price, the WD Blue SN570 offers exceptional value for money, with the trade-off being fairly average sequential speeds even by Gen 3.0 standards. Its asking price overall though is what elevates this particular drive above its competition, with the 1TB configuration we tested coming in with an MSRP of only $125 (though its frequently on sale for under $100) making it one of the better all-rounder performers we’ve seen at this capacity. 
You’re not going to witness the blistering speeds of Western Digital’s flagship Gen 4.0 range, such as the WD Black SN850, but for the money, you’re getting a very solid drive with more than respectable read and write figures, as well as decent transfer times. Make no mistake, while not face-meltingly fast, the WD Blue SN570 is still quicker, and cheaper, than most SATA III style drives on the market, while offering performance comparable to the SK Hynix Gold S31 in many respects. 
Best SSD for gaming: Frequently asked questions
What is a good size for a gaming SSD?
As games continue to get larger, we generally recommend either a 1TB or 2TB  model over anything smaller in the NVMe form factor. This is to give you enough headroom to load up titles from your virtual game libraries (such as Steam, Epic, or Origin) without having to constantly make room for new releases. Also, 1TB / 2TB drives tend to run slightly faster than their smaller siblings in the same product line. 
What is a good SSD speed for gaming?
While there’s no hard and fast rule as to the quickness of an SSD, we would strongly recommend a minimum of a Gen 3.0 drive in your gaming PC as it has rates of up to 3,500 MB/s read and write respectively. However, should you want the best of the best, then we’re seeing sequential performance exceeding 7,000 MB/s from flagship Gen 4.0 drives at the moment. Our advice is to go with the fastest drive that your budget allows, but ideally, you’ll want to go NVMe over the slower SATA and HDD models online. 
Are SSDs good for gaming?
With PC games continuing to become more demanding in terms of bandwidth and file sizes, SSDs are the way to go to minimize loading times and have faster boot-up speeds. A Gen 4.0 SSD especially is fast enough to load in things such as HD textures and the larger game worlds that modern titles utilize. You’ll certainly notice the difference than if you booted your games through a traditional hard drive. 
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