There’s no doubt that Solid State Drives (SSD) are the next generation of hard drives. More and more laptops and desktops are coming with them preinstalled including Vizio’s Light + Thin. After searching the web, here are the best solid state drives for the money for August 2012.

1. OCZ Agility 3 120GB Sata III

OCZ drives have always been built with reliable performance and superior quality for the best value. The Agility 3 series uses the cutting edge SATA 6Gbps to deliver outstanding data transfer speeds.

Price: $94.99

2. OCZ Vertex 3 120GB

Another OCZ drive that racks up in performance but is also a great value. The Vertex 3 has up to 4k file writes with up to 60,000 IOPS which gives this SSD the perfect opportunity to shine during gaming and multimedia applications.

Price: $99.99

3. Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128B 128GB

You normally wouldn’t put Samsung at the top when you think of SSD, but now you might. This 128GB SSD allows you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds. It’s also ultra thin to fit in those tiny notebooks.

Price: $119.99

4. SanDisk SDSSDP-G25 128GB SATA III

Sequential reads up to 490MBps and sequential writes up to 350MBps. Compared to a traditional 7200 RPM hard drive, this offers much faster boot up times.

Price: $99.99

5. Kingston SSDNow V200 Series SV200S37A 128GB

Revive your computer. With up to 300MB/s sequential read speed, up to 190MB/s sequential write speed and up to 36K IOPS sustained random 4k read (128GB), SSDNow V200 makes computers more responsive than ever.

Price: $74.99

With no moving parts, solid state drives provide peace of mind and outstanding performance over normal hard drives. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of how great a value these drives really are. If you feel that you’re 7200 RPM hard drive is getting sluggish and running out, then it’s time to upgrade to a SSD. You’ll definitely be able to tell a difference. Even if your old hard drive is still kicking, then you should still think about upgrading.

What are you thoughts on SSD drives? Do you already have one installed?