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Hey all, I am working on getting my next build together and the only thing that I am not 100% sure on is my boot drive. I am going with an NVME m2 drive in the 250gb range. and so far I think I have it narrowed down to the Corsair MP500 and Samsung 960 EVO. They are very similar in price and although I have used Samsung SSDs in the past (in 2.5" form) and only used one Corsair M2, Im still not sure what to go with.

Any other suggestions besides the two I mentioned?

Thanks in advance.
 

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I've used three different 960 EVO m.2's in three different PC's, and they all work well.

Realistically though, just get the one with the best $/GB ratio and you'll be fine.
 

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I would suggest the Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA drive instead. They are less expensive than the M.2 NVMe drives, so that would allow you to get a 500GB drive without increasing the price by an unreasonable amount (960 EVO 250GB $120 vs 860 EVO 500GB $170 on Amazon). The raw benchmark performance can be less with the 860 but in real world usage, you won't notice much difference.

I always go for more capacity in SSDs, which is why I got a 960 Pro 2TB drive. The 512GB drive I had before felt cramped and I knew that a 1TB drive would just take a bit longer to feel cramped. Haven't felt that way at all with the 2TB drive.
 

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I'd opt for a mydigitalssd sbx personally. It is a very reliable and well-performing nvme drive.

Sure, the 960evo stomps it in most benchmarks, but let's be real, you aren't ever going to notice in actual use unless you're running a dataserver. On the other hand, you absolutely will notice the extra hundred bucks in your wallet or the significantly larger SSD capacity should you opt to reinvest that saved cash into a larger model.
 

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Thanks for your advice. The last PC I built had a Corsair M2 drive and the OS just seemed so much snappier than on my older rig with a Crucial MX200. Sure it wasn't bogged down by a bunch of software running in the background yet, but it did feel faster to me. I don't really need anything bigger than 250 as I only put my OS and apps on it. Everything else gets dumped on other SSDs and HDs in my system.

Leaning towards the Samsung.
 

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Please, do not go for the "cheaper option". I have used about a dozen NVMe drives in the last 2 years. They vary much in quality.

For instance, the A400 NVMe drive I have here, has worse write speeds then most HDDs! They skewed the read speed through the roof at the cost of poor write performance.

Compare this to a higher quality Intel drive and the results are quite clear.

The most important is 4k random (many small files, multiple copies at once)... 1500MB/s sequential is faster than 120MB/s (1Gbit) networks, or copy files to/from HDD. Sequential is faster than 500MB/s copying to/from SATA SSDs.

You have to consider where am I reading/writing data from? Loading game files? Writing raw video?
 

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