Best SSD for Ryzen 9 3900x

So as many of you may know AMD ryzen 3000(ryzen 9) is now on the market and it has been shown that they perform very well with SSD drives, ive recently purchased an Asus rog Strix x570-f gaming motherboard with a ryzen 9 3900x and 32GB (4x8GB) of 3200mhz ram.

If you are building the custom pc with ryzen 9 3900x then I suggest you consider getting an SSD with it.  It will improve your PC performance by a huge margin, but the right SSD is essential when building with ryzen 9 3900x, because if you get a low quality one then it won’t last long.

My build is used for gaming and I expect it to give me good fps in games so my main priority was fast loading times which meant going for a higher tier ssd.

I have been using intel 600p series M.2 2280 128GB for over a year now and its speed is ok-ish but not great, so i decided to upgrade to a better drive that will perform well in my new build.

Samsung 970 EVO M.2

The first SSD that caught my eye was Samsung 970 EVO M.2 2280(and the PRO version), because it performs really well and is fast, but as I looked through its price I realized that it would not fit into my budget as its starts at around 200$ for 500GB model and goes up to 400-500$ depending on the storage size.

I also tried Sony’s M series M.2 SSD drives but they turned out to be very slow compared to Samsungs drive which is a shame considering how expensive they were.

Features:

  • Magician Software for SSD management
  • Intelligent TurboWrite acceleration
  • Driver & Tools

Overview:

Samsung’s innovative new 3D V-NAND architecture breaks the limits of traditional planar designs and delivers breakthrough performance in a compact M.2 form factor.

The latest Samsung SSD 970 EVO offers improved endurance, reliability, speed, capacity and security to address the demands on today’s PCs and workstations.

It features exceptional performance gains over SATA using an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3x4 interface that boosts sequential read/write speeds up to 3,500MB/s (versus 2,200MB/s) and 1,500 MB / s (versus 560MB / s) respectively.

Plus it offers compatibility with the next generation of PCs that support the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol for PCIe SSDs.

Samsung’s 3D V-NAND stacks 32 cell layers vertically resulting in higher density and better performance utilizing a smaller footprint.

The 970 PRO boasts superior heat dissipation using an alloy copper-designed top cover which reduces friction between cells, optimizing power usage for longer battery life.

This 2nd generation Samsung high-end consumer SSD features Dynamic Thermal Throttling Protection as well as Samsung Magician software to keep your system cool and responsive.

It is compatible with the latest motherboards including X99, Z97, H97, Z170 chipset; this upgrade kit contains all parts required for installation (including SATA data & power cables).

Pros:

The Samsung 970 EVO SSD is as good as it gets for an NVMe drive. In our tests, it used less power than other PCIe drives and had a very low idle standby consumption of 0.6 watts. It’s also fast, supports all the modern features you want from a consumer SSD and has higher endurance ratings than its predecessor. Cons: Expensive, but you get what you pay for!

Cons:

Its only drawback is that you might not see the significant performance gains if your system isn’t using an M.2 slot or doesn’t support NVMe.

For example, I tested this drive in my Sony Vaio Z Flip, which has one PCIe 3.0 x4 slot and supports NVMe, but was only able to achieve a sequential read speed of 1,077 MB/s and a write speed of 953 MB/s when running the CrystalDiskMark benchmark.

PNY CS2211 480GB

  • Ideal option for PC Enthusiasts and Gamers looking for an extra edge over the competition.
  • Exceptional performance without compromising reliability
  • Ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia storage
  • Ultra low power consumption
  • Acronis Data Migration software included
  • Competitive 4 Year Warranty

PNY CS2211 480GB  is another high performing ssd however its warranty is only 3 years long so I decided to rule it out.

CS2211 480GB SSD, which promises read/write speeds of up to 565MB/s and 535MB/s respectively.

Overveiw

As one would expect from a high-end product, it also features advanced wear-leveling algorithms that reduce or eliminate performance degradation over time by ensuring data is spread evenly across flash cells in order to maximize drive life. Couple all this with TRIM support and a 5-year warranty, and it seems like PNY has all bases covered.

Let’s take a closer look to see if the CS2211 can live up to its impressive specifications.

The PNY CS2211 is very similar in appearance to other recent consumer drives, with an off-white/silver aluminum shell that appears more high end than what we’re used to seeing on SSDs of this price range (almost makes me feel like I’m using one of OCZ’s Vector series).

A sticker towards the top provides more information about the drive itself, including capacity (480 GB), model number, serial number, firmware revision etc.

The back of the drive provides some additional information about the product which may or may not be useful depending on your country’s power requirements.

Crucials latest Crucial MX100 also offers this feature, allowing users to switch between voltages without having to pay for an entirely new unit (although in that case you’re limited to North America).

However, with most power supplies already providing their own multi-voltage power cables and even wall plugs nowadays, it seems like an unnecessary addition at best and a potential customer annoyance at worst.

  • The CS2211 480GB comes with a 7mm to 9.5mm adapter bracket in the box, for installation in both ultrabooks and regular PCs alike.

It also ships with a 3.5″ desktop adapter, which gives you the option of using it as an external hard drive if needed (although its performance is obviously not good enough for this to be worthwhile

All in all, I ended up going with a Samsung 970 PRO 512GB SSD for my ryzen 9 3900x build and I’m not disappointed, it’s fast and works well. The price of the drive is fair considering that you get 1TB of storage space.

Ryan MacWha

I am Ryan! I write about performance-driven and reliable SSDs. I can save your time in decision-making. How about you?