No, there are HUGE differences which mainly lie in the cells and how many bits they hold, which in turn translates into longevity. Also, there is a HUGE difference between a SSD with an NVMe Controller and one that uses the traditional SATA controller. NVMe drives use 4x PCI-E lanes which can give it insane speeds. The catch is many programs like PC games and the O.S. don't need such insane speed and bandwidth.
A SSD that uses SLC (Single Level Cell) or a MLC (Multi Level Cells) are a little bit more expensive to make but they can endure more read and write cycles. A SSD that uses SLC is rare on the consumer market as these are geared towards servers. Triple Level Cell and Quad Level Cells are cheaper to make but these will not last as long.
Also, there are differences with how well these drives handle heavy workloads. Some will throttle at 55c and others will throttle at 70c.
The fact of the matter is the only way you'll wear out a SSD is if you're reading and writing HUGE files to a drive constantly. Because of this, In the end this doesn't matter much at all if you pick a known namebrand like Crucial, Mushkin, Samsung, Intel, etc because any of these should last beyond their usefullness. You don't need to fell compelled into buying a Samsung 860 or 970 Pro because the amount of Read and Write cycles those things can endure is mass overkill. You would spend at least a decade trying to burn up one of those Samsung Pro drives.
The only thing I would suggest is buying something that comes with a 5 year warranty. I have a few 850, 960, and 860 EVO drives and they do well. Another one that I have is the Crucial MX500 and the Crucial is probably the first one I'd recommend. A Kingston is decent but that company has really fallen off the map in recent years. The other factor I'd recommend looking into is how many Gigabyte's of storage do you get for the dollar. It's hard to recommend a 120gb SSD for $20-30 when a decent 500gb SSD is $65.
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