Best M.2 Solid-State Drives for 2020

Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0
Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Whether it's inside a laptop or a desktop, the M.2 SSD is now the standard for the main drive in a PC. For one, they're incredibly small, and space is always at a premium. But the M.2 form factor also covers a range of standards, including SATA, PCIe 3.0, and the new, ridiculously fast PCIe 4.0. If you're looking for a new SSD, these are the ones to get.

The bottom line

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All of these are excellent SSDs, but it's always an easy job to recommend Samsung to anyone shopping for storage for their PC. The 970 EVO Plus (opens in new tab) is just all-around exceptional. It has incredible performance, durability and reliability, a solid warranty, and an easy-to-use suite of software features.

But it's not a one size fits all situation, and there are many other great SSDs out there for different needs. Older PCs can still get good M.2 storage in the WD Blue 3D (opens in new tab) with good capacity options, reliable hardware and solid performance for a SATA drive.

Or if you're stepping up to a new Ryzen 3000 series PC, the Sabrent Rocket 4.0 (opens in new tab) is a superb PCIe 4.0 SSD to put at its heart. The performance is in a different league to anything on PCIe 3.0, and Sabrent is very aggressive in its pricing, too, which makes it all the more attractive.

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