Originally Posted by The Pook
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.
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.
Originally Posted by UltraMega
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.
Originally Posted by ctrnull
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...