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M.2 recommendations

I'm looking for a 2tb gaming drive, and a 500gb OS drive.

I'm looking at the Intel 660p 2tb drive for $185. Is there a better alternative? Say a lower cost product, or even a better quality product for a few bucks more?

Should I go with MLC or is TLC ok for OS drive?

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Quote: Originally Posted by homestyle View Post
I'm looking for a 2tb gaming drive, and a 500gb OS drive.

I'm looking at the Intel 660p 2tb drive for $185. Is there a better alternative? Say a lower cost product, or even a better quality product for a few bucks more?

Should I go with MLC or is TLC ok for OS drive?
Unfortunately there aren't any cheap TLC/MLC M.2's in the 2TB range. If possible I'd go with a 2.5" TLC SSD for your gaming drive, but unfortunately pricing for those in the US is higher than the 660P.

In theory the 660p shouldn't slow down below sata speeds during gaming use, but even then reliability is still questionable for QLC.

For your OS drive I'd go with something with a Phison E12 controller + Tosiba NAND, they're fast and by far the best value atm.
This one is great: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L6DKM8V
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The Intel 660P is cheap for a reason its slower than a HDD in some use cases

A few weeks back i was doing exactly what you are doing now looking at drives and one of the first things i did was drop the Intel 660P (because its super slow) and the 970 Evo (its way overpriced) and i ended up buying a Corsair Force MP510 1920 GB which is what i could find locally

By the way Samsung drives are way overpriced compared to drives using the Toshiba E12 controller so dont bother i did see your other thread

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Quote: Originally Posted by homestyle View Post
I'm looking for a 2tb gaming drive, and a 500gb OS drive.

I'm looking at the Intel 660p 2tb drive for $185. Is there a better alternative? Say a lower cost product, or even a better quality product for a few bucks more?

Should I go with MLC or is TLC ok for OS drive?
There aren't any good cheap 2TB M.2 drives. I would go with something like a WD Blue 3D or a Samsung 860 Evo. They are available in 2TB M.2, but they are SATA based. However for gaming you wouldn't notice the difference between SATA and NVMe speeds.

I would pay more money for a slower SATA SSD just to not deal with the large file copy slowdowns and long term reliability of QLC drives. However, if you don't move around large files often, you probably wouldn't have any issues with a 660p.

For the OS drive, whichever Phison E12/Tosiba NAND based drive is on sale will do just fine.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Fluxmaven View Post
There aren't any good cheap 2TB M.2 drives.

Sure there is, the HP EX950. I got my EX950 2TB for $205 shipped during Newegg's Fantastech sale and it regularly is $249 to $269. Same advertised read speed of the 970 Evo with 400MB/s faster advertised write speed for 50% the price.

https://www.newegg.com/hp-ex950-2tb/p/N82E16820326181

Before the EX950 came around the Mushkin Pilot 1TB and 2TB were the bang for buck kings (IMO) but the EX950 for a few dollars more is the better buy now.

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Sure there is, the HP EX950. I got my EX950 2TB for $205 shipped during Newegg's Fantastech sale and it regularly is $249 to $269. Same advertised read speed of the 970 Evo with 400MB/s faster advertised write speed for 50% the price.

https://www.newegg.com/hp-ex950-2tb/p/N82E16820326181

Before the EX950 came around the Mushkin Pilot 1TB and 2TB were the bang for buck kings (IMO) but the EX950 for a few dollars more is the better buy now.
OP was asking about drives around the $185 price point... Has the Pilot 2TB ever been on sale that cheap? I'm aware the EX950 is a good drive and see it on sale all the time for around $250 but my point was there isn't much in the sub $200 range. OP didn't state a hard budget, but EX950 us usually more than just a few bucks more than a 660p.
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