The Crucial MX500 and Samsung 870 Evo are the best SSDs for gaming, according to Digital Foundry.

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A typical SATA solid-state drive (SSD), the Crucial MX500 features TLC NAND and a DRAM cache. It has excellent sustained performance up until the point where the more contemporary NVMe M.2 drives outperform it.

The price of the MX500 with a capacity of 4 terabytes has been reduced to $269.90 as part of an early Black Friday deal being offered by the US retailer B&H Photo. This represents a savings of $80.00.

It costs around the same as Crucial’s own BX500, which is a slower QLC-based drive that does not include a DRAM cache, thus it is a wonderful price for a 4TB SATA SSD. Crucial’s BX500 is not a DRAM cache.

Drives that employ less expensive flash memory and don’t have a DRAM cache will have slower sustained write speeds than the MX500, which will be significantly faster. This is vital if you want to use this as the drive to store your operating system, but it is less critical if you want to store games or media on it.

The MX500 has been a top recommendation in the SSD buyer’s guide for the SATA category published by Digital Foundry for some time. On the other hand, the Samsung 870 Evo is regarded as the superior option in the rankings of the best SSD for gaming published by RPS.

We’re in luck because this provides a solid foundation for our discussion: how much does a Samsung 870 Evo cost? This is a significantly more affordable option than the Samsung drive, which now costs $300.

If you require a huge SATA drive that is reliable over a long period of time, this is an excellent alternative to consider.