High capacity SSDs that won’t cost you an arm and a leg are a legitimate thing right now. So, if you require a high capacity SSD, now’s a great time to get one since 4TB models sell for a surprisingly competitive price. Sure, you can get four 4TB hard drives for the price of a single 4TB SSD but the immense jump in speed combined with high capacity comes at a premium.
Today, we have the best 4TB SSDs you can get right now. Below you can find lots of different models covering pretty much every part of the market. PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSDs as well as one PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD. Next, we have both premium and budget 2.5-inch selections, finishing off with the best external SSD pick as well as the best RGB SSD (yep, you can get a 4TB SSD that comes with a lightshow).
Best 4TB SSDs – Our Picks
|Best 4TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD||Sabrent Rocket Q4|
|Best 4TB PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD||Corsair Force MP510|
|Best Budget 4TB PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD||Adata XPG S40G|
|Adata XPG SX8100|
|Best SATA 4TB SSD||Samsung 860 Pro|
|Best Budget 4TB SATA SSD||Western Digital Blue 2.5″ SSD|
|Samsung 870 QVO Series 2.5’’|
|Best External 4TB SSD||VectoTech Rapid 4TB|
|Best RGB 4TB SSD||Adata XPG S40G|
|Best Enterprise 4TB SSD||Intel D3-S4510|
|Seagate Nytro 3331|
Best 4TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD
While the Rocket Q4 from Sabrent is based on QLC flash memory, which is slower on average and has lower endurance than TLC and MLC flash, it still packs an incredible punch and is by far the best bang for the buck in case you need ultra-fast speeds combined with 4TB of storage.
Boasting excellent read and write speeds as well as an incredible performance when dealing with extra-large files, the Rocket Q4 provides performance comparable with other PCIe 4.0 SSDs despite it using “only” QLC flash memory. This is the fastest 4TB SSD you can get at the moment (and the only 4TB PCIe 4.0 SSD at the moment) and while it has lower endurance compared to TLC drives, it still can be an excellent choice for read-heavy usage.
Best 4TB PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD
Unlike the situation on the PCIe 4.0 market, you do have a choice when it comes to 4TB PCIe 3.0 SSDs. There aren’t many of them, and the two best ones come from Corsair and Sabrent, the Corsai MP510 and the Sabrent Rocket. These two drives have lots in common. They use the same flash memory, have very comparable performance, and cost pretty much the same.
Endurance is pretty good since TLC flash is used so if you need a high-speed and huge M.2 SSD for your video game collection or simply as a general-purpose SSD for storing videos, games, and other data, both the MP510 and the Rocket are great choices. Do note that the Rocket Q4 offers better performance (but lower endurance) for the same price. Also, if you don’t care about speed you can get two 4TB 2.5-inch drives for the price of one 4TB PCIe 3.0 SSD.
Best Budget 4TB PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD
The budget PCIe 3.0 SSD market has one 4TB model that is about 20 percent cheaper than both the Corsair MP510 and Sabrent Rocket. The Adata XPG S40G is the best bang for the buck 4TB NVMe SSD you can get right now, and you also get RGB. While the inclusion of RGB effects might be a turnoff for some users the good news is that you can turn it off if you aren’t a fan.
While selling at a lower cost than most other PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs, the S40G is based on TLC flash and comes with a hefty write cache. It has excellent performance for its price, blemished only by the tepid random read performance and struggles when dealing with small files. On the flipside, it’s cheaper than any other 4TB NVMe offering and its performance will be more than enough for most users.
As for the alternatives, the Adata XPG SX8100 is a good choice. It has the same controller which means the same issues when working with small files and weaker overall performance than more expensive drives. But it’s still a great bang for the buck. Do mind it’s more expensive than the S40G so if you have to choose, get the RGB one and turn off the lights.
Best SATA 4TB SSD
The Samsung 860 Pro is the best SATA SSD you can get, period. Performance-wise, it’s ahead of every other SATA competitor while at the same time providing unmatched endurance thanks to its MLC flash memory, which is much more durable than TLC and especially QLC. If you need a fast, durable, and reliable SATA SSD the 860 Pro is the best choice. The thing is, the Pro version of the drive is extremely pricey, more expensive than even PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives that are much, much faster.
If you need an alternative that’s as fast and reliable but more affordable, take a look at the Samsung 860 Evo. At 4TB, it’s about 30 percent cheaper than the 860 Pro. It does come with TLC instead of MLC but its endurance rating is high enough for any kind of home-usage. It can be a perfect boot drive but also an excellent drive for storing games or as a storage choice for a media server.
If you need a durable SATA SSD that’s optimized for NAS, check out the WD Red SA500 or the Seagate IronWolf Pro. These two models are optimized for heavy-duty NAS tasks. While they don’t have the same endurance as the 860 Pro, they offer lots of storage for less money and endurance rating high enough for heavy-duty NAS tasks that include lots of reading and writing.
Best Budget 4TB SATA SSD
The WD Blue 2.5’’ SATA SSD is the best high capacity SSD for most usage scenarios. While it isn’t the fastest SATA SSD around, it’s fast enough to show no difference in performance when compared to other, faster SATA SSDs. Next, it features a TLC flash memory that is durable enough for most users. This can be perfect storage for games, media files, and other data. It can also be used for data hoarding and for other uses that don’t include lots of writing. Media servers, for instance. If you can’t find the WD model, the SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND SSD offers the same package in a different branding.
Samsung’s QVO SATA SSDs also offer lots of storage for less cash but it uses QLC memory that brings slower performance along with lower endurance rating. Also, while the overall performance is solid, once the write cache is filled the performance falls behind DRAM-less models. On the other hand, the Samsung 870 QVO is cheaper than the WD Blue. The QVO from Samsung can be a solid choice for use cases that include lots of reading but not too much writing. When compared to the WD Blue, the WD SSD is a better overall choice.
Best External 4TB SSD
When it comes to external SSDs, there aren’t many 4TB options. The best bang for the buck buy is probably the VectoTech Rapid 4TB. It doesn’t offer the fastest performance but it comes at a competitive price, it features a USB-C port, and it offers a ton of storage. It also comes in 8TB version, if you need even more external storage. If you need an alternative, check out the U32 Shadow 4TB. It packs the same capacity, costs almost the same as the Rapid, and it also comes with a USB-C port.
Best RGB 4TB SSD
The Adata XPG S40G is such a good deal that we placed it as the best choice in two categories. Aside from being one of the best budget PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs around, it’s also hands-down the best RGB SSD. Not only does it pack amazing performance for an RGB gaming model, it also comes with excellent RGB effects and a simple installation process that doesn’t include cables for powering RGB LEDs. If you like RGB and want the best RGB SSD on the market, the Adata XPG S40G is by far the best choice.
Best Enterprise 4TB SSDs
If you’re a power user needing reliable and secure storage for heavy-duty NAS stacks, there are enterprise SSDs on the market that offer just that, for a price premium. The Intel D3-S4510 comes with a price comparable to mainstream SATA SSDs, but also with advanced features such as End-to-End Data Protection, excellent endurance, hardware encryption, and protection against data loss due to power outage. Its main downside is that it uses a SATA interface. If you need an enterprise-grade SSD equipped with a SAS interface, check out the Seagate Nytro 3331.