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The 5 Best SSD Hard Drives Your Money Can Buy

We don't have to tell you how SSD's are blazing fast and sport a number of advantages compared to regular hard drives. Likewise, you surely know these drives tend to be forbiddingly expensive. Like most smart consumers, you've probably been waiting for the cost to start dropping before making your move. Well, it's about the right time already!

This article will show you the best SDD's your money can buy as of Q3 2011; starting as low as $100 and going all the way up to $500.

Best SDD up to $100

At just under $100, you can get a SDD such as the Crucial C300 64GB. This is a SATA III drive with a Marvell controller, and read access up to 355MB/s. If you're on a low budget, this is probably one of the best choices you can make to jump into the SDD revolution. It's a snappy little hard disk at a very competitive price!

Best SDD up to $200

In this price range, you can start looking at 120GB drives, such as the OCZ Solid 3. This 2.5" drive has read access of up to 500MB/s, and supports all the features you could hope for such as TRIM and Garbage collection. This is not quite the best choice for a heavy duty workstation or computer servers, but a very decent ratio of quality/cost for regular usage!

Best SDD up to $300

If you have a budget of around $300, you should look into the OCZ Vertex 2. This 3.5" SATA II drive features a whopping 240GB storage space. It's not without drawbacks, though: its average speed for Read access is just under 300MB/sec, which is a bit slower than the other SDD's on this list. It's still blazing fast compared to a standard HDD, and one of the best deals in this list in terms of capacity/price.

Best SDD up to $400

For anyone who can afford it, a great choice would be the 256GB variant of the Crucial C300 that kicked off this list. Its price is proportionately the same (considering its storage space), and so is the blazing fast performance: Read access 355 MB/s and Write access 215MB/s. It's just as good of a deal as its entry level counterpart. If you need blazing fast storage space, this is the right pick for you.

Best SDD up to $500

If money is not an issue, you should get the OCZ Vertex 3. This 2.5" is a 240GB SATA III SSD with read speeds up to 550 MB/s. It just goes to show that in SSD's as is often the case in life, you get what you pay for. This drive costs nearly double as much as similarly sized drives, but it's also twice as fast!

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