Our summary of the best gaming SSDs only contains one SATA-based model, the Crucial MX500, and now has a deep discount. We highlight the 1 TB model in our summary, although the doubly wide 2 TB model has a better value at the moment, as it is priced at Amazon at $ 153.99.
That’s $ 76 below the list price of $ 229.99. While it usually goes for a little less than full PVP, street prices over the past three months have typically bounced back between $ 185 and $ 215. And according to the price tracking site CamelCamelCamel, this unit has never gone for less than $ 179.99.
So this is a historic low. Of course, this is a 2.5-inch format SATA model, so you won’t get the same kind of fast speeds that M.2 form factor NVMe SSDs can offer. But it is still much faster than a mechanical hard drive with sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB / s and 510 MB / s, respectively.
Right now, even a SATA-based SSD with these speeds is great for gaming. Developers will soon start taking advantage of Microsoft DirectStorage API, which allows them to make better use of the fastest PCIe 4.0 (and 3.0) SSDs, as possible on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S.
Not that you have to use it as a boot drive With this selling price at stake, the 2 TB MX500 is a somewhat cost-effective secondary drive for mass storage tasks and a secondary home for your growing Steam library.
Simply put, this is as cheap as 2 TB of SSD storage. If we look at Newegg, for example, the less expensive 2 TB model is a $ 174.99 unit (selling price) from a company called Leven.