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Fastest SATA SSD For Mac In 2018 - Your Best Choice Is...

The number of solid-state SATA interface SSD drives on the market is staggering. You have nearly a dozen brand names dominating the market, then two dozen more 2nd-Tier, 'No-Name' brands packaging 'Me Too' OEM reference designs basically using the same chipsets and NAND flash memory - all with largely identical 2nd-Tier 'Me Too' performance with different labels on the outside.

2.5" SATA III Laptop 860 SSD

Sequential Read/Write Speeds : 560 / 530 MBps


But here you have the Market Leader, the pretty much uncontested top of the Benchmark-Winner's heap: Samsung's Recent EVO Series - the SATA III 860 EVO as your optimal choice for a MacBook laptop or Mac desktop SSD upgrade - or for use in a Mac compatible external Thunderbolt or USB 3.0/3.1 DIY backup drive you can assemble in minutes.

M.2 SATA Form Factor 860 SSD

Sequential Read/Write Speeds : 560 / 530 MBps


There are also mSATA (below) and M.2 (above) form-factor 860 EVO SSD blades for those who want to build a compact 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen2 USB-C or 5Gbps USB 3.0 external backup drive for MacOS, TimeMachine or other Mac file storage needs. All pretty much MAX-OUT the full bandwidth of 6Gbps SATA III interface. For better Read/Write performance you have to make the leap to PCIe interface NVMe drives featured elsewhere on this site.


mSATA Form Factor 860 SSD

Sequential Read/Write Speeds : 560 / 530 MBps


For the extra 10 or 20 bucks of the Samsung drives over other brands, you'll get peak Read / Write speeds, mature firmware, highly efficient mapping and management of memory cells and a long 5 year warranty to reassure buyers they made the best choice. Simply stated, forget the rest, buy the best. You won't regret it.