Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus might support an older PCIe Gen 3 standard, but it runs circles around those 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs, and its high endurance rating means you will not have to upgrade or be worried for many years. On Amazon, the NVMe solid state drive is available for less than $100, or $98.50 to be exact, for the 1TB storage. If you feel that you need more storage for your desktop or laptop computer, the 2TB version is also available for $189.99, and from a price-to-storage ratio, the bigger storage variant exudes better value.

Since modern-day laptops and motherboards ship with multiple M.2 PCIe NVMe slots, you should have no problem plugging in the 970 EVO Plus. When talking about speeds, this SSD can achieve up to 3500MB/s in sequential read and 3300MB/s in sequential write speeds. The 1TB version also has an endurance of 600 TBW (terabytes written) and a 5-year limited from Samsung, so you are covered from all angles.

One major advantage of switching to a Samsung-branded SSD is how effortless it becomes to transfer your data from one drive to another using the company’s Data Migration software. The program is as seamless as they come, and in just a few easy steps, you can transfer your existing data from your old drive to the new 970 EVO Plus, giving your system a brand new life.

We also recommend purchasing this version because when comparing Gen 3 and Gen 4 PCIe NVMe SSDs, there is little real-world benefit, so why not save the money that you would otherwise purchase on a cutting-edge solid state drive and grab yourself something of value? You can take your time and browse around Amazon to see if there are better alternatives, but after what we told you, we think very few choices will be preferred over this.