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Question Fastest SSD and best bang for the buck 1TB?

Shyatic

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So I've been looking at the Sabrent 1TB Rocket drive (pci4) and it seems to be the fastest and best bang for the buck NVME drive. Am I wrong on that, or should I go ahead and look at it for my build? It is for my primary drive and gaming :)

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NewMaxx

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You're very wrong about that. Check my post here.

Best bang for the buck at 1TB? Right now, probably the WD SN550 for $99 (on sale). Fastest? 970 EVO Plus. Fast and good and good bang for the buck? Any SM2262/EN- or E12-based drive, see my guides.
 
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Shyatic

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You're very wrong about that. Check my post here.

Best bang for the buck at 1TB? Right now, probably the WD SN550 for $99 (on sale). Fastest? 970 EVO Plus. Fast and good and good bang for the buck? Any SM2262/EN- or E12-based drive, see my guides.
Very helpful, thanks -- when do you expect the 4.0 drives that are worth it to start hitting the market? I'm not going to build my PC until around April, so I'm content to wait for a little bit.
 

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Very helpful, thanks -- when do you expect the 4.0 drives that are worth it to start hitting the market? I'm not going to build my PC until around April, so I'm content to wait for a little bit.
It's going to be a while yet. Likely Q3.
 

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So then the Samsung 970 Evo is the best bet?
EVO Plus. The EVO is outdated. Still, it depends on what you need. If you're just gaming and doing light content creation there's the very real possibility something like the SX8200 Pro will be just as fast or even faster.
 

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Shyatic

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How does this compare to the 970 Evo Plus? I mean, looking at CrystalDiskMark it seems better but practically speaking they are almost the same price too. Like I said, my primary use case is gaming, and the $200 price point is not too bad for me.
 

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How does this compare to the 970 Evo Plus? I mean, looking at CrystalDiskMark it seems better but practically speaking they are almost the same price too. Like I said, my primary use case is gaming, and the $200 price point is not too bad for me.
If speed is your major concern, wait for Samsung's pci4 drive due later this year. If you can't wait, then take a look at the Corsair Force MP600, or the Aorus in your post. They both are faster than the 970 Evo Plus. Take a look at the webpage below. I like it because it covers speed & best bang for the buck.

 

Fernando 1

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So I've been looking at the Sabrent 1TB Rocket drive (pci4) and it seems to be the fastest and best bang for the buck NVME drive.
Yes, this SSD has a much better performance than the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. Here are the benchmark results I got with this PCIe 4.0 supporting NVMe SSD:

CDM-X570-1TBSabrent4.0-NVMe-STORNVME-M2-20H1.png

How does this compare to the 970 Evo Plus?
I have tested them both. Here are the results (above: 500 GB Samsung EVO Plus, below: 1 TB Sabrent Rocket 4.0):

Z170-500GB970EVOPLUS-NVMe-STORNVME-PCIe-20H1.png
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aigomorla

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First off i would seperate your gaming drive and boot drive.
Dont mix the two.

The reason is, while yes, theoretically a boot drive you want to be the fastest, a gaming drive you wont notice much of a difference at all between a gen3. and gen4.
Even a Standard SATA SSD will give you 95% of the speed difference in gaming, which to me isnt worth the $$$ premium over space.

So my recommendation, get a 512GB Boot drive, and find a Intel 660p 2TB or a WD Blue 2TB for about 200-230 dollars as a dedicated game drive.

Because you will honestly not regret having that extra second in load times (at extreme most) over having that extra 1TB for more games.
 
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killster1

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you can get a fast nvme for 240$ /2tb
i alwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays need more space and actually made this same thread. altho a little bit different, i went with the 950ex hp 2tb for about 225$ i think the 1tb evo plus is 220+ (i cant check price right now very well)

i am running 3x1tb hp 920ex already and they have had no issues. Not going to try any QLC yet or maybe ever.

aigomoria suggested PM985 which is a 3.84TB NVMe, U.2 for 425$ :p to bad my use was for laptop but nvme prices are almost the same if you have enough slots/ adapters or lanes.
 

killster1

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Which drive is that, where I can find it, please?
ebays! they suggested buy new so you know what the usage is. if it was enough discount i might buy used idk. kinda close to the price of nvme and i dont have u.2 so i didnt look into it.
 

aigomorla

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Which drive though?

I would never buy a used enterprise SSD regardless of how cheap it is.


The intel P4500 is also a good runner up with 3dxpoint.
Basically makes the drive almost fault proof, because they get slower as the drive degrades, instead of just straight up dying on you.
 
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I would never buy a used enterprise SSD regardless of how cheap it is.


The intel P4500 is also a good runner up with 3dxpoint.
Basically makes the drive almost fault proof, because they get slower as the drive degrades, instead of just straight up dying on you.
Thank you!
 

killster1

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I am not pranking you :) When I Googled PM985 U.2 couldn't find anything. Now that aigomorla posted it seems you meant 98-3-, not 98-5.
oh sorry they gave the wrong drive number in my post then..
Intel 660p is the deal that replaced the ex920.

The HP ex920 was a great deal at its time. The intel slaughtered it giving you a price of sub 190 dollars for 2TB.

However your not going to get cheap SSD's period as Dram prices have gone up.
And i expect it go up even more especially with china and the corona virus, as well as Samsung having a blackout.

You may see better deals on Enterprise drives @ 4TB on ebay tho.
I did make a post on the PM985 which is a 3.84TB NVMe, U.2 factor that i got for $425 new, which i felt that was a great deal.
i just cut and past oops, so you wouldnt use the enterprise ssd if it was free? /shrug i dont use a laptop for anything that exciting ;"(
 

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