Value SSDs - Which one has the best value?

Hello everyone,

I am currently in the market for a value-oriented SSD of around 256 GB. Here is a list of SSDs I have chosen that are within my budget. I would like to know which one of these will provide the best performance for a long period of time. Also, feel free to recommend SSDs that are not in this list and that are priced similarly.

  • OCZ Arc 100 240GB - CAD 124. Main features: encryption, proprietary controller (Barefoot 3 M10), 3 year warranty
  • Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB - CAD 109. Main features: LSI Sandforce controller, 3 year warranty
  • PNY Optima SSD 240GB - CAD 110. Main features: Encryption, 3 year warranty
  • SandDisk SSD Plus 240GB - CAD 115. Main features: 3 year warranty

So, what do you think? Also, am I the only one who would like to see a value SSD showdown on the channel?


I just bought several Cosair Force LS SSDs for some 4-5 year old workstations. They seem to be every bit as good as the Samsung 840s I have in a few others currently.

Take a look at A-DATA SP900/910/920...

Not giving a link, the store is your choice. They go around 100-110$...

My vote goes to the crucial mx100. I have one and it was very good for the price. 

Also definitely don't buy the Kingston. Their ssds are shit now because they started using a lower quality nand

Out of that list - I'd go the sandisk but as above - Crucial mx100 is the pick.

Whatever you do, Do not buy the Kingston V300.

I'd go with the Crucial MX100 as others have noted or the OCZ ARC100 listed. Spec-wise they are close to the same, so to me it would just boil down to which one is cheaper or personal brand preference.

A word on OCZ as a brand: OCZ has had horrendous failure rates in the past (up to 50% on some lines); they were pretty much the worst SSD you could buy. In late 2013 however, OCZ's assets were bought by Toshiba when OCZ filed for bankruptcy. From what I can tell all of their new lines of SSDs are significantly better than the past and just as reliable, or even more reliable, than other modern SSDs. The ARC100 specifically have been tested to go at least 200 TB.

Thanks for your feedback everyone. I do in fact have a Crucial MX100 512GB for my personal rig and I quite like it. It is a little bit more than I would have liked to spend for this build, but if you're telling me it is worth the extra $20, I think I will grab it.