$25 for an SSD: The Inland 120GB SSD



Inland is Micro Center's in-house brand for various different products. You can get Inland products from Amazon as well. I got this SSD from Micro Center's Amazon store for $25, however if you live near a Micro Center they can be had for $22 + tax. The only reason I got it from Amazon was for convenience, as it's a 15 minute drive to and from my local Micro Center from my house.

For my first post here, I am going to compare this SSD to my 3-year-old 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. This might seem stupid, as the 850 EVO is top of the line & the Inland SSD is a budget drive, but because of the age of the 850 EVO it would be nice to see how it has held up over the years.

I'm not incredibly knowledgeable in how to properly benchmark SSDs and hard drives, but I do at least have numbers that you can interpret for yourself.

For each test conducted, the 2 SSDs have a single NTFS partition on them. The Inland has the advantage here because it is blank & is not running Windows. I tested both drives on Windows 10 on my main PC with the Ryzen 5 1600 & 8GB of single channel DDR4-3000 memory.



The first test I ran was a simple file transfer from my 1TB Western Digital Blue hard drive. I realize that the speeds were limited to the ability of the hard drive, however it does show that moving several large files to either of the drives is not a problem. The speeds were consistent nearly the entire time & didn't stop.

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB:


Inland Professional 120GB:


The second test was CrystalDiskMark version 6.0.0. Since this is a synthetic benchmark, you obviously won't be seeing these speeds in real life. What it has shown is that while the Inland SSD is certainly worse than the 850 EVO, it is performing better than its advertised speeds & my expectations.

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB:


Inland Professional 120GB:


The final test I did was AS SSD. Once again, the Inland SSD is slightly worse overall than the 850 EVO, and yet still faster than I expected.

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB:


Inland Professional 120GB:


What am I going to use this for?


This SSD will be used for running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for the foreseeable future. It's my primary boot drive and will be what I use the majority of the time.



For $25, this SSD is hard to compete with. Offering good performance and reliability, it is simply the best SSD you could buy on a tight budget. If you have any suggestions for improvements that I should make to this blog, the website, this post, my testing, etc. let me know in the comments of this post or any other method listed here.

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