Solid State Drives
Solid-state drives (SSDs) are currently the fastest form of storage available, and can give your system a massive boost in application and OS load times, data-transfer speeds and overall system responsiveness. Their lightning speed comes from using flash memory chips, which unlike traditional hard drives have no moving parts. This makes them more reliable, smaller, lighter and less power hungry, but they can cost significantly more and oftentimes have less capacity. Scan recommends that anyone in the market for a performance PC opts for an SSD.
While the M.2 connector can be used for PCIe SSDs, the ones here are SATA 6Gb/s only, so the benefits over standard 2.5" SATA drives are to do with space-saving, not speed. Available in 120, 240, 256, 480, 500 and 512GB sizes they're perfect for small form factor systems and laptops, but make sure your M.2 slot works with SATA devices, and that it supports the SSD's size, both in length (2280 means 80mm long) and thickness.
- Xclio SP5HS-M2 PRO M.2 2280 Heat Sink Cooling Kit NVMe/NGFF with thermal pads and Screw driver PC/PS5 BlackWas: £14.48£9.98FREE DELIVERY ON YOUR ENTIRE BASKET
- 128GB Hikvision HS-SSD-E100NI M.2 (2280) SSD, SATA3 6Gb/s, 3D TLC, Read 550MB/s, Write 440MB/s, 39k/71k IOPS£23.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERYPre order
- 120GB WD Green, M.2 (2280) SSD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, 3D NAND, Read 545MB/s, Retail£25.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 240GB WD Green, M.2 (2280) SSD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, 3D NAND, Read 545MB/s, Retail£31.49£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 250GB WD Blue 3D, M.2 (2280) SATA III 6Gb/s SSD, 3D NAND, Read 550MB/s, Write 525MB/s, 95k/81k IOPS, RetailRRP: £38.39£34.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 250GB Samsung 860 EVO, M.2 (2280) SSD, SATA3 6Gb/s, MJX, MLC V-NAND, 512MB Cache, Read 550MB/s, Write 520MB/s, 97k/88k£43.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 250GB Crucial MX500, M.2 (2280) SSD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SM2258, 3D TLC NAND, Read 560MB/s, Write 510MB/s, 95k/90k IOPS£44.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERYPre order
- 480GB WD Green, M.2 (2280) SSD, SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s), 3D NAND, 545MB/s Read, Retail£44.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 500GB WD Blue 3D, M.2 (2280) SATA III 6Gb/s SSD, 3D NAND, Read 560MB/s, Write 530MB/s, 95k/84k IOPS, Retail£48.49£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 500GB WD Red SA500, M.2 (2280) NAS SSD, SATA III 6Gb/s, 3D NAND, 560MB/s Read, 530MB/s, 95k/85k IOPS£59.99£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
- 500GB Samsung 860 EVO, M.2 (2280) SSD, SATA3 6Gb/s, MJX, MLC V-NAND, 512MB Cache, Read 550MB/s, Write 520MB/s, 97k/88k£67.49£5.48 NEXT DAY DELIVERY
mSATA SSDs easily fit in the palm of your hand, yet are available in capacities of 120GB, 128GB, 240GB 250GB, 500GB, even 1TB, often without any performance hit over using a 2.5" model. While newer laptops are shifting to the M.2 connector, mSATA slots are still found on previous generation motherboards and laptops. These SSDs are great for providing such systems with a fast, silent storage upgrade.