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The best Samsung memory products: SSDs, SD cards, and flash drives

The best Samsung memory products: SSDs, SD cards, and flash drives

Samsung is a well-known brand for many of its products, including smartphones, TVs, and laptops. One area where the company also has a big presence is storage. From SSDs to flash drives and microSD cards, Samsung has all kinds of memory products available. If you’ve been looking to expand the storage on your laptop, smartphone, or other devices, you can’t go wrong with Samsung.

Whether you want to upgrade your laptop or a way to carry more files around, there are some great options to choose from, and we’ve rounded them up below. We’ve split them into categories so you can find what you’re looking for more easily.

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Internal SSDs

If you’re looking to expand the internal storage of your laptop or desktop PC, SSDs are the best way to do it. Samsung makes some of the most popular M.2 SSDs out there, but there are also some SATA models if you have an empty slot you’re looking to fill.

    Best PCIe 4.0 SSD

    If you want the latest and greatest, Samsung's 980 Pro SSD is the company's first to leverage PCIe 4.0 for read speeds up to 7,000 MB/s and read speeds up to 5,000 MB/s. It's one of the fastest SSDs on the market.

    PCIe 3.0 alternative

    Many PCs still don't support PCIe 4.0, so this alternative lets you save money and still get some of the best performance out of PCIe 3.0 in an affordable package. It still gets speeds up to 3,500MB/s reads and 3,000MB/s writes.

    Ultimate performance

    If you're using your SSD to store and run large games, this may help you get better performance. It's a Samsung 980 Pro, but the integrated heatsink helps it stay cool for longer.

    Long-lasting PCIe 3.0 SSD

    If you want to stick with PCIe 3.0 and get something that lasts you a long time, the Samsung 970 PRO still gets you fantastic speeds and it promises to endure up to 1,200 TB written.

    Largest SATA SSD

    If you're in need of massive SSD storage, the Samsung 870 QVO is happy to oblige. With capacities up to 8TB and read speeds up to 560MB/s, this is one of the best SATA SSDs out there.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're looking for an affordable SATA SSD, the 870 EVO is your best choice here. It comes in up to 4TB sizes for a pretty low price compared to NVMe alternatives.

Samsung Portable SSDs

What if you need fast storage you can take anywhere? Samsung also makes some great portable SSDs that cater to different types of external memory needs. Here are your best options.

    Secure storage anywhere

    For when you're carrying sensitive data with you, the Samsung T7 Touch is the best way to protect it. It's a portable SSD with a fingerprint reader, making it easier to keep your files safe.

    Tiny but tough

    The Samsung T7 Shield is a tiny portable SSD; but it has a rugged design to withstand drops, dust, and water, so you don't have to worry about breaking it while traveling with it.

    Affordable SSD

    If you want something a little more affordable or with more personality, the standard Samsung T7 is cheaper and it comes in black, red, or blue to suit your taste.

Samsung MicroSD memory cards

Whether it’s for your smartphone, tablet, camera, or a Nintendo Switch, microSD cards are quick and easy ways to increase your storage capacity. Samsung has quite a few memory cards on offer that are suited for different types of use cases. Here are the best options available right now.

    Best for performance

    The Pro Plus is one of Samsung's best-performing microSD cards promising read speeds up to 160MB/s plus U3, A2, and V30 certification. It comes in up to 512GB sizes, which should be enough for almost all your needs.

    Best for reliability

    If durability is your first priority, the Samsung PRO Endurance microSD card does the trick. It's slower, but its longevity up to 140,160 hours makes it ideal for tasks where it's constantly used, like video monitoring cameras.

    Affordable and performant

    The Samsung EVO Select microSDXC card offers the best value you can get, It comes in sizes up to 512GB and offers up to 130 MB/s speeds with U1, A1, and V10 certifications, but it's also very affordable.

Flash drives

Finally, there are also some flash drives, for when you want compact storage you can easily connect to any PC. These aren’t as fast as SSDs, but their small size makes them ideal for school projects and documents, while being very easy to take just about anywhere. Samsung doesn’t make a ton of flash drives, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good options.

    So tiny

    Want an ultra-compact flash drive? The Samsung FIT Plus is exactly that, and you can easily fit it into any pocket, wallet, or almost anything. It comes in capacities up to 256GB.

    For your PC and your phone

    Want to use your files on your PC and your phone? With the Samsung DUO Plus, you can connect to either USB Type-A or Type-C ports to access your files on just about any device without any adapters.

    Extra modern

    Are all your devices equipped with USB Type-C ports? Then this flash drive may be for you. It only has a USB-C port and it comes in capacities up to 256GB, plus it looks beautiful in this blue colorway.

Those are some of the best Samsung memory products you can buy today. Many of these products go on sale quite often, and it can also happen that some capacities are sold out, but they’re all great options. These different categories are all for different use cases, so recommending a specific product is complicated. But if you’re building a new PC, the Samsung 980 PRO SSD is certainly one of the very best options out there thanks to its PCIe 4.0 support. And if you’re looking to build a new PC from scratch or make big upgrades, be sure to also check out our lists of the best motherboards and best CPUs you can buy today.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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