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Reasonably priced NVMe.

I've not built a PC for around 5/6 years. I'm planning on soon building a new one.
The storage has stumped me a little though, I'm not sure what I want to do.
Previously I'd get a decent SSD for OS and a bigger HDD for my games.
My last build was a 2.5" Samsung Pro (can't remember the model number) and a 2.5" 1TB Samsung Evo.

I'm trying to save money in this build, but at the same time I'm a classic case of "it's only an extra £20".

From what I see most motherboards come with two m.2 slots. I'd rather stay away from 2.5" drives and just go m.2 (less cables).

Should I go for a decent OS and a cheaper bigger second drive? Do you guys feel the difference between 2000Mb/s and 3500Mb/s?

Should I just raid two 1TV drives?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-25-2020, 08:28 PM
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same response every time this question gets asked:

1) no, you probably won't notice the difference outside synthetics or very specific works loads
2) the price difference between an AHCI and NVME drive is minuscule (and often 0) so unless you're trying to save a buck, might as well go NVME.

get any NVME you want that isn't DRAM-less or QLC.

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Western digital makes some well rated and decent speed m.2 ssds for the price, but these days there are really a lot of good options.

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I am doing Samsung 970 Evo Plus 250GB M2 NVME for the OS along with a Samsung 970 M2 NVME 500GB for game storage. Already have a 2TB SSD 2.5" for work / misc files.
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SM2262EN based devices are pretty solid options. These win in random 4k which is a common "real world" type of use benchmark, and is a good one to follow.
HP Ex950 and Adata XPG SX8200 Pro are both nearly identical, using this controller and the same flash, and are both solid options.


Phison E12 based devices are also popular in the price/performance area. They are supposedly slightly more consistent speed wise, but fall behind the SM2262EN devices in 4k random
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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
same response every time this question gets asked:

1) no, you probably won't notice the difference outside synthetics or very specific works loads
2) the price difference between an AHCI and NVME drive is minuscule (and often 0) so unless you're trying to save a buck, might as well go NVME.

get any NVME you want that isn't DRAM-less or QLC.
This.

That said, QLC might be viable as a secondary drive for game installs. But unless it is a lot cheaper (like, 2TB for the price of 1TB) than the equivalent MLC/TLC drive, avoid QLC.

Quote: Originally Posted by UltraMega View Post
Western digital makes some well rated and decent speed m.2 ssds for the price, but these days there are really a lot of good options.
I've got a WD NVMe M.2 I need to install at work, but waiting for a few other bits yet. In the past at work I've usually specced Samsung NVMe drives, but the deal we got was too good to pass up. I'll see how it goes, I guess.

Quote: Originally Posted by ctrnull View Post
SM2262EN based devices are pretty solid options. These win in random 4k which is a common "real world" type of use benchmark, and is a good one to follow.
HP Ex950 and Adata XPG SX8200 Pro are both nearly identical, using this controller and the same flash, and are both solid options.
I've got a couple of the Adata drives in a laptop, and they're pretty good. Having that said, my laptop workload isn't exactly demanding, compared to my workstation demands...


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