XPG Gammix S50
The XPG Gammix S50 comes in a standard and a Lite version, both of which offer good value in light of their support for the high-speed PCIe Gen 4 bus. As long as you can keep it cool, it performs on a par with the most expensive options out there.
- Pairs perfectly with new ryzen cpus
- Backed by a 5-year warranty
- Doesn't come with a heat sink
About as fast as an external model can get, the Samsung X5 can read and write at a theoretical maximum of 2,800 megabytes per second. Its all-metal body helps to dissipate heat, and it’s ideal for storing large files like raw video and AAA games.
- Drop resistant to 2 meters
- 256-bit hardware encryption
- Requires a thunderbolt 3 connection
Sabrent Rocket Extreme
Available with either TLC or QLC technology, the Sabrent Rocket Extreme takes advantage of the next-generation PCIe 4.0 bus and a premium heat sink. It should make the most of the upcoming Nvidia high-speed I/O protocol, designed to drastically reduce game load times.
- Upgradeable firmware
- Advanced wear leveling
- Radiator is very bulky
Sabrent Rocket Nano Internal
If you own a cutting-edge laptop with all-day battery life, the Sabrent Rocket Nano Internal is probably the best choice for upgrading your current internal storage, thanks to a configuration that lacks a DRAM buffer and minimizes power usage.
- Measures 42 x 22 millimeters
- Integrated over-provisioning
- Not ideal for desktop use
Samsung 970 Evo Plus
The highly popular Samsung 970 Evo Plus is built around the company’s renowned flash memory, and able to move data faster than many other models. It is a bit pricey, but for those who really care about their PC’s performance, the cost will likely be irrelevant.
- Fast random write speeds
- Integrated sensor-controlled cooling
- Lasts a minimum of 600 full rewrites
Sabrent Rocket Nano External
Hardly any bigger than a thumb drive, the Sabrent Rocket Nano External is highly portable and uses USB 3.2 to read and write at up to several hundred gigabytes per second. The outside can get pretty hot, but that actually keeps the internals from overheating.
- Available in three sizes
- Sandblasted aluminum shell
- Also an ip67-rated rugged model
Geared toward those who demand the newest and fastest hardware, the Gigabyte Aorus is compatible with the up-and-coming PCIe 4.0 architecture, and features a blistering 5-gigabyte peak throughput that’s basically unsurpassed by any other.
- Highly effective heat sink
- Slim enough to fit under most gpus
- Ideal for high-intensity workloads
Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q
The Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q is one of the few that actively supports both USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 connections, and automatically detects which one your system offers, in order to deliver the maximum performance possible.
- Reads at nearly 3 gigabytes per sec
- Integrated drive health monitoring
- Plug-and-play installation
Samsung 870 QVO
A significant upgrade over a standard HDD, the Samsung 870 QVO is available in capacities up to 4 terabytes and leverages advanced QLC flash memory to provide overall good performance levels that should satisfy most consumers, including above-average random read speeds.
- Uses reliable in-house components
- Runs on the sata iii bus
- Refined error-checking algorithm
Adata XPG SX8200 Pro
Surprisingly well-priced for an NVMe model, the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro offers a read speed of over 3,000 megabytes per second. It also comes in a Lite version that’s less expensive, and while that one’s not quite as speedy, it still performs very well.
- Good for home or business use
- Slim single-sided construction
- Sizes up to 2 terabytes