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I am looking around for Christmas gift ideas and I decided I want to get an M,2 SSD for my laptop. However, I have very quickly noticed the staggering price difference between the different storage interfaces. I was looking at the 250GB 850 Evo, which is only $80 Newegg, and I could get two of these and run RAID 0 (or set the second one up as a cache drive somehow?). I am also looking at the 850 Pro, which is PCIe, but is nearly $200 on Newegg. Could someone shed a little bit of light on the real price/performance ratio, and if it would even be worth getting such a ridiculously fast SSD? Most of my games are going to stay on a mechanical hard drive. What I am concerned with is a very snappy OS, fast Adobe, and other things such as browsers and small software.

I'm sorry if similar things have been asked recently. But I am looking at this from a financial standpoint and whether or not it's worth splurging for the 850 Pro when it is staggeringly more expensive than the 850 Evo. Of course it is faster, but would this extra speed make such an appreciable difference that justifies buying one Pro, or two Evos?
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I asked this the other day in my own thread and from what I've heard, real world performance won't be a noticeable difference. As long as you have any SSD for fast access times, there won't be any difference between a normal and super fast ssd.

My thread.
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I asked this the other day in my own thread and from what I've heard, real world performance won't be a noticeable difference. As long as you have any SSD for fast access times, there won't be any difference between a normal and super fast ssd.

My thread.

Alright, I was thinking the same thing. I feel like our SSDs are fast enough to the point that most software couldn't use the full speed of the drive anyways, with the exception of file transfers. I will probably pick up two Evos then.
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I can't help but wonder if there are any faster alternatives to the 850 Evo that aren't too far off of the same price? I can't say I have found the Plextor equivalent as of yet.
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Thanks, but I wouldn't need the desktop riser card, and I was looking for a SATA III M.2 Plextor and I don't see anything over 128GB from them. PCIe might come later when it's a heck of a lot cheaper but at the moment I cant justify spending that much.
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Thanks, but I wouldn't need the desktop riser card, and I was looking for a SATA III M.2 Plextor and I don't see anything over 128GB from them. PCIe might come later when it's a heck of a lot cheaper but at the moment I cant justify spending that much.

I am excited to see what the next generation of M.2 & PCIe SSD's to come out. The Intel 750 is so freaking fast and really can't be beat right now except by the most complex and large of RAID. Not worth it in my opinion. Pretty soon 6 SATA ports will be way more than enough because all of our SSD's will be A) M.2 or some other internal connector and B) SSD capacities and prices will be so attractive that HDD's will be deemed unnecessary unless you have a ton of data
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Or you could browse the OCN Marketplace and find 480GB PCIe SSDs for the same price as that 256. tongue.gif [/shameless plug]
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I have a 400GB Intel 750 NVMe SSD and other than a bit slower boot time due to initialization it's noticeably faster than my 2x 840 evo RAID0
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I have a 400GB Intel 750 NVMe SSD and other than a bit slower boot time due to initialization it's noticeably faster than my 2x 840 evo RAID0

Is it worth the price? I really like the idea of PCIE storage but I want to see what other companies release. And PCIE SSD's aren't a new concept. A friend of mine had a RevoDrive 3 X2 and it was stupid fast. It ended dying though. Heat killed it I think
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