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[Amazon Canada] ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro NVMe SSD 1TB - $170 all in

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[Amazon Canada] ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro NVMe SSD 1TB - $170 all in

clip the coupon to get it for 169.99, all in

History low for this item?
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Almost a historic low. It was $10 less in Aug.

Still an awesome deal though.
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I have been waiting to upgrade for a while. Think I'm going to jump on this deal. :)
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bigB0ss wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 2:44 pm
Which one would you guys say is better. This one or the Sabrent one / is there a difference?

Found here: amazon-ca-sabrent-rocket-nvme-ssd-1tb-1 ... 2313200/2/

I'm considering one of these two at this price point.
https://www.amazon.ca/Silicon-Power-Gen ... 07L6GF81L/
This is cheaper than the Sabrent and uses the same controller. I personally prefer the SP drive to the Adata but I'll copy/paste my post from the other thread to help you make a decision.
Can't comment on future prices since it's a crapshoot.

In terms of budget to mid-range NVMe drives (I'm classifying by cost, not performance) there are basically 3 common drives.

The cheapest of the 3 are based on the Silicon Motion SM2263 which is what can be found in the Intel 660p and the Crucial P1. These are QLC drives, they perform the most poorly but are also basically SATA priced. They will absolutely clock a SATA drive in anything but sustained writes, which they basically hit HDD speeds at their worst, most people will probably never witness this on a consistent basis unless they keep the drive relatively full.

The next two options are going to be closer in price, the Silicon Motion SM226EN and the Phison E12. The SM226EN is found in the Adata SX8200 Pro and Gammix S11 Pro. In many ways, the SM2262EN performs like a faster version of the SM2263. A lot of that is likely because the of TLC but the controller also allows for twice the bandwidth. These drives have really nice top speeds, can basically compete with anything on the market there. They do suffer from the same phenomenon as the SM2263s where they get slow at the end of sustained writes, this time to around SATA SSD speeds so still decent enough. Same general advise is not to fill it too much and you'll probably never notice it.

The Phison E12 is commonly found in the Corsair MP510, Silicon Power P34A80, Patriot Viper VPN100, this Sabrent drive and a few others. It is also TLC NAND. The E12 doesn't have the same peak speeds (it's close though) but they also never drop below 1GB/s in sustained writes, which is almost double SATA. The controller on the Phison is more powerful than the Adata so it manages to come close in performance without making the aggressive choices the SM226EN makes, which are what lead to the performance drops in certain cases. Performance curves of these won't quite match a Samsung or WD but they are usually close behind, much cheaper though.

Other drives you may see pop up are the older Adata SX8200 and Gammix S11, Intel 760p as well. Those are based on the older SM2262 which is basically the same controller as the SM2262EN but tuned way less aggressively. It won't match the newer model in peak speed but it also basically never dips below 1GB/s. The E12 is faster though so get that unless the older drives are cheaper. Of course the WD Black and Samsung 970 Evo are better drives but unless the prices drop a lot or you need the performance, I don't think they're worth the extra money. You may also see a WD Blue SN500 NVMe in lower capacities. It's not the best performer but at it's best it'll be similar to a 660p and at it's worst it should easily beat one since it is still TLC. If it's cheap, its a solid drive but it's usually priced about against the E12 and SM2262EN so it's not worth it.
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The 512GB for $90 is also a great deal in case you don’t need 1TB of storage.
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Thank you, I was also looking at this SP drive. Was not sure if I should go with it because some reviewers were mentioning that they had issues with this model. After your post though, I feel a bit more comfortable. I think I will go with this drive.
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dxxalf wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 3:12 pm
The 512GB for $90 is also a great deal in case you don’t need 1TB of storage.
I'll probably go with the 1TB. As they sometimes say... bigger is better. ;)
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bigB0ss wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 3:13 pm
Thank you, I was also looking at this SP drive. Was not sure if I should go with it because some reviewers were mentioning that they had issues with this model. After your post though, I feel a bit more comfortable. I think I will go with this drive.
What was the issue they had? I've been using one for a few weeks and no complaints so far.
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bigB0ss wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 3:15 pm
I'll probably go with the 1TB. As they sometimes say... bigger is better. ;)
Faster too.
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Jep4444 wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 3:17 pm
What was the issue they had? I've been using one for a few weeks and no complaints so far.
It appears a few people had manufacturer's defects (I suppose?)... The SP drive you suggested comes with a three-year warranty though. Looks like a really good deal. It's for my laptop. Hopefully there are not heating issues with this one.
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bigB0ss wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 3:31 pm
It appears a few people had manufacturer's defects (I suppose?)... The SP drive you suggested comes with a three-year warranty though. Looks like a really good deal. It's for my laptop. Hopefully there are not heating issues with this one.
Measure the depth of your m.2 slot, all of the 1TB versions of these drives are double sided so they won't fit in some laptops.
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Jep4444 wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 3:32 pm
Measure the depth of your m.2 slot, all of the 1TB versions of these drives are double sided so they won't fit in some laptops.
Thanks for the tip. I will definitely do this when I have a chance.
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bigB0ss wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2019 3:36 pm
Thanks for the tip. I will definitely do this when I have a chance.
If it won't fit, your choices are going to be drop down to 512 or move to a different class of drives. I believe both the Intel 660p and Crucial P1 are single sided in 1TB but not as good drives. The 970 Evo/Evo Plus and WD Black WN750 are I believe single sided as well but obviously cost more. I'd double check that if you're in that situation though.

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