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Best bang-o-buck SSD?

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As the title says. I'm looking for something to replace my laptop's HDD and gain a few more precious minutes of battery life. I could get another Transcend SSD370, but it's not the most efficient out there.
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post #2 of 7
The SanDisk Ultra II series are pretty cheap,I got the 960 gb for $200. So far it performs well. However, it's uses TLC NAND, so it's a gamble on the reliability.
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post #3 of 7

The Samsung 850 EVO is usually best power efficiency.

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post #5 of 7
I can't really make a suggestion, but I'm in almost the same situation minus the laptop. But I have been reading where some people were having issues with the Samsung EVO 850 and Windows 10, don't know if that affects you or not, just thought I'd throw it out there.
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post #6 of 7
There are half dozen I've researched and feel totally comfortable with. Three are very energy efficient and first choice for laptops.
That said what is on sale is a mighty temptation.
But.. I do research all I can before succumbing to the low price.
I like the Sandisk tools a lot. Samsung and Crucial have worked well. Corsair Neutron and Toshiba Q. Kingston HyperX.
Have not purchased lately, contemplating though..
post #7 of 7
sandisk z400s/ssd plus is pretty cheap and very power efficient.
And its one of the last budget ssds, that still uses good ol' MLC.
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