The best SSD of 2023: top solid-state drives for your PC

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The best SSD you can afford will go a long way to improving the responsiveness of your computer, particularly as programs, games, and media files continue to balloon in size. 

Just as the best processor and the best graphics card can boost your productivity and gaming performance, the right SSD can help make your work fly with faster save operations or faster level loading for games.

And unlike the best hard drives around, even a cheap SSD can offer better data transfer rates than anything with a spinning disk in it, and you can even use an SSD in your PS5, dramatically reducing loading times in the best PS5 games like Gran Turismo 7 and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.

We’ve tested a boatload of SSDs over the years here at TechRadar, from the best M.2 SSDs to the best portable SSDs, and thanks to our extensive and rigorous process, we know which SSDs are worth your hard earned money and which you can safely leave in the bin. To help you find the SSD you want, we've pulled together best SSDs in a variety of categories to help you find the right SSD for you needs and budget.

Written by
John Loeffler
Written by
John Loeffler

John has been working with computers since he was a teenager, long before he ever started writing about computer hardware or working on his Master's degree in Computer Science. Needless to say, he knows computers inside and out, and he has personally tested (and retested) all of the SSDs on this page, regardless of whether he wrote our original review, and has validated the results you'll find here. 

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The best SSD of 2023

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Here, we've pulled together our top picks for the best SSD is several categories based on use case, price, and interface so you can get the right SSD, regardless of your circumstance.

The Best SSD overall

The best SSD overall


Capacity: 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
Memory type: Samsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC
Interface: PCIe 4.0 x4
Max seq. read speed: Up to 7,450MB/s
Max seq. write speed: Up to 6,900MB/s
Sequential Read as Tested: 7,449MB/s
Sequential Write as Tested: 6,857MB/s
Heatsink: Optional
Mean time between failures: 1,500,000 hours
Terabytes written: 600