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5 Best SSDs for HP Pavilion DV6 Series Laptops

Is your HP Pavilion DV6 taking too long to boot up? Or, is this happening with the software as well? I know you are facing these issues. And, you already know that an SSD upgrade is enough to make your laptop crisp.

So, today I am going to list the best SSDs by performance for the HP Pavilion DV6 series laptops.
HP Pavilion DV6 series laptops only have a SATA port and there is no M.2 port, so I will list the SATA SSDs only. SATA-based SSDs are also good and have decent performance for everyday needs and for gaming as well. You can get a SATA-based SSD for half the price of an M.2 based SSD.

SATA is older technology but it is still relevant and still in wide use today. M.2 is a newer technology but M.2 SSDs are expensive and are compatible with new laptops only. So, below are my best 5 SSDs for HP Pavilion which is worth your money and have good performance.

Best SATA SSDs for HP Pavilion DV6 Laptops

All these SSDs discussed below are high trusted by users all over the world. They all comes with DRAM cache buffer, good controller, and 5-years of warranty.

Pros
  • Samsung’s Top-Notch SSD
  • Available in both 2.5″ and M.2 Form Factors
  • Long endurance
  • Samsung Magician Software
  • 4TB size option
Cons
  • Expensive than competitors
  • SATA interface speed limitations

My first in this list is obviously the world’s best-selling SATA SSD Samsung 860 Evo. It’s really fast as It took me a few minutes to set up and clone data with the Samsung Magician Software suite. Samsung 860 Evo (2.5” SATA & M.2) is available in five different sizes as 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB.

Samsung 860 Evo’s unmatched performance credit goes to the V-NAND technology which is used for stacking memory cells vertically. As per Samsung, 64-layer 3D V-NAND in the 860 Evo is 30% more power-efficient than its previous 48-layer V-NAND technology. Samsung 860 Evo comes with a new MJX controller which has support for DDR4 cache memory, the new MJX controller keeps the SSD cool even on heavy operations and consumes low power.

Samsung 860 Evo’s cache memory varies from 512MB to 4GB depending upon your SSD storage. The sequential read speed is 550 MB/s and the write speed is 520 MB/s, while the random read speed is 98,000 IOPS and random write speed is 90,000 IOPS. I recommend Samsung 860 Evo to everyone who wants the best SSD performance scale.

Pros
  • New 128-Layer V-NAND channel
  • Long Endurance even on heavy operations
  • Samsung Magician Software Suite
  • 4TB size option
Cons
  • Expensive than 860 Evo
  • M.2 Form Factor is not available
  • SATA interface limitations

I placed Samsung 870 Evo second on my list as its performance is similar to 860 Evo but it is expensive than 860 Evo. Samsung 870 Evo is the successor to 860 Evo with the new 128-layer V-NAND, it delivers more performance at reduced power. Just like 860 Evo, the 870 Evo also comes in five different sizes which are 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB.

Samsung 870 Evo has MKX ‘Metis’ SATA 6 Gbps controller with a 128-layer V-NAND flash which is as per Samsung nearly 38% faster than its previous SSD 860 Evo, the only reason I listed 870 Evo on the second rank in this list was that it’s expensive than 860 Evo. The sequential read and write speeds for 870 Evo are 560 MB/s and 530 MB/s. While the random read and write, speeds are 98,000 IOPS and 88,000 IOPS.

The 870 Evo has LPDDR4 DRAM which varies according to size variant from 250MB for 250GB size to 4GB for the 4TB size variant. As you can see, Samsung 860 Evo and 870 Evo have almost similar performance, so I would recommend 870 Evo only if you want long endurance on heavy operations as the new 128-layer V-NAND performs well on heavy operations.

3. Crucial MX500

Pros
  • Performance on par with competitors
  • Affordable pricing
  • Power failure protection
  • Long endurance
Cons
  • No 4TB option
  • Previous generation controller

I like Crucial SSDs as they are the only ones who are in direct competition with Samsung on the SSD market. Crucial SSDs are my preferred choice after Samsung as they offer cheaper alternatives at less cost than Samsung. Crucial MX500 is available in four sizes which are 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, there is no 4TB size available as of now.

Just like Samsung 860 Evo, Crucial MX500 has a 64-layer 3D NAND channel made by Micron. It comes with Crucial’s SMI2258 controller that gives great performance and has long endurance. The sequential read and write speeds are 560 MB/s and 510 MB/s respectively. The random read and write speeds are 95,000 IOPS and 90,000 IOPS respectively.

The Crucial MX500 has a cache memory of 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB for 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB respectively. Crucial MX500 is my best preference for someone who wants value for money on each GB of space. Crucial MX500 has a competitive performance with Samsung 860 Evo and is affordable than 860 Evo.

Pros
  • Good for everyday use
  • Great industry reputation
  • M.2 SATA variant is also available
  • 5-year warranty
Cons
  • Expensive than competitors
  • Older DDR3 DRAM

WD Blue SATA 2.5” is my fourth preference in this list because it is slightly expensive and has almost similar performance as that of the above SSDs. WD Blue comes in 5 different sizes which are 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. In my opinion, WD Blue is good for everyday use but it lacks heavy operations and long data read-write operations.

WD Blue has a Marvell 88SS1074 controller along with Sandisk third generation 64-layer 3D NAND which is good for everyday users. The sequential read and write speeds for 250GB size are 550 MB/s and 525 MB/s respectively and for all other sizes the read and write speeds are 560 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. The random read speed is the same for all sizes which are 95,000 IOPS and the random write speed for 250GB is 81,000 IOPS and for all other sizes, the random write speed is 84,000 IOPS.

The DRAM for WD Blue is DDR3 which is older than competitors, the DRAM varies from 256MB to 4GB for each respective size. I would prefer WD Blue if you are short on budget and want to get SSD with good performance.

Pros
  • Cheaper in similar size SSDs
  • Good performance in the budget segment
  • Sandisk software suite is good
  • 4TB option available
Cons
  • Older hardware
  • Only 3-years of warranty

I put Sandisk Ultra 3D here because it has average performance and doesn’t have long endurance but still in my opinion it is good for everyday use cases. Sandisk Ultra 3D comes in five different size options which are 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB.

Just like WD Blue, Sandisk Ultra 3D also has the same Marvell 88SS1074 controller along with Sandisk third-generation 64-layer 3D NAND which is the older generation NAND. The sequential read and write speeds are 560 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. The random read and write speeds are 95,000 IOPS and 84,000 IOPS respectively.

Sandisk Ultra 3D has a cache memory of 256MB to 4GB for each respective size. If you are really tight on the budget then you should go for Sandisk Ultra 3D as after WD purchased the Sandisk all the SSDs under Sandisk became old as WD would launch new hardware first and then under Sandisk.

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