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Experts Tell us the Best SSD For Video Editing

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best SSD For Video Editing. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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Atom Pro, External NVMe Solid State Drive

This product was recommended by Tristan Olson from Denver Video Production Company.

The best solid-state drive for editing is the Glyph Atom Pro NVMe SSD. It is blazing fast, durable, and portable. With Read speeds up to 2800 MB/s, this drive ensures that it can handle everything that you throw at it!


SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD

This product was recommended by Joanna Gryzewska from Visual Beesy

While working with an extremely large file size it’s important to have a reliable SSD drive. I recommend Sandisk Extreme Pro 1TB, model: SDSSDE81. This drive is not only small and light but most importantly has a high-speed performance, featuring 2000MB/s read and 2000MB/s write speeds. It gives quick access to the footage, fast transfer speeds, along with a large capacity of 1 TB.


Western Digital SN850

This product was recommended by Ryan Mayiras from Candid Studios Photography & Videography

The WD SN850 is the best available NVMe chip in it’s class. They offer insane read speeds of 7,000MB/s and write speeds of 5,300MB/s. They are also reliable, affordable and excellent for quickly transferring videos and data. They only work with motherboards that support NVMe 4.0.


Samsung 970 Pro

This product was recommended by Ryan Mayiras from Ryan Mayiras Photography & Videography

The Samsung 970 Pro is the fastest NVMe 3.0 chip on the market. That is one of the most recommended storage devices in it’s class. The Samsung 970 Pro has write speeds of 3,500MB/s and write speeds of 2,700MB/s.


Samsung 860 Pro

This product was recommended by Brack Nelson from Incrementors

If you know about the famous 850 Evo, then you probably know about the difference between the new 860 Evo and 850 Evo. The price is similar, but it is tiny faster than the old one. Invest your amount in the Samsung 860 Evo SSD, and it’s available in many variants such as the 250GB, the 500GB, the 1TB, the 2TB, and the 4TB. The Sequential reads/writes up to 560/510 MB/s and random reads/writes up to 95k/90k on all file types. There are slight changes in prices in all the variants.


SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable External SSD

This product was recommended by Andy from Cloom

Save time to pass and edit your files with this NVMe technology that significantly improves upload speeds up to 1050MB/s. Based on internal tests, the output could be lower depending on the drive power, the host system, the conditions of use, and other variables. It has a rugged construction with a cast aluminum body covering the SSD center and dissipates heat. Its IP55 ranking lets you realize that it is water-resistant and dust resistant, although its robust silicon rubber coating has higher impact resistance. With a size of up to 1TB, content creators have enough bandwidth for complete content libraries.


Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB – Rose Gold

This product was recommended by Sean Harris from Swing Coaches

Whenever I’m editing, loading screens bother me. I’m amazed by the reliability of this SSD. I can edit multiple videos on this SSD device as well as having all of the files loaded on here without sacrificing any space on my internal SSD. This is convenient to have yet doesn’t cost too much.


Corsair Force Series MP600 NVMe M.2 SSD

This product was recommended by Aamir Irshad from PC Builderz

Most NVMe SSDs these days run on PCIe 3.0 standard. While there’s no issue with the standard itself, it’s more than ten years old and cannot provide the data transfer rate modern video editing workflows require. Here comes the Corsair MP600. One of the first PCIe 4.0 SSDs, it comes with sequential read/write speeds of 4950 Mbps and 4250 Mbps, respectively. It can get as much as 680,000 IOPS and 600,000 IOPS for random read and write operations, respectively. It excellently performs real-world tasks, too, beating Samsung 970 Evo Plus and WD Black SN750 by a healthy margin. It also comes with management software that allows you to erase data and do manual over-provisioning. The last advantage it has over the competition is the 1800 TBW endurance when most other manufacturers offer between 800-1200 TBW range. Yes, you’ll need a compatible X570 motherboard and a Ryzen 3000 or 5000 CPU for PCIe 4.0 to work, but it’s worth all these hassles and will serve you well for many years.


Glyph Atom RAID SSD

This product was recommended by John Stevenson from My Gre Exam Preparation

The Glyph Atom Raid SSD is my top favorite as it offers lightning fastdata transfer speeds that reach up to 950 MB/s.


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