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[Amazon.ca] WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB - $77

Good morning everyone

I noticed the 500GB SN550 dropped under $80 today. It's not the fastest drive out there, but it's also not awful. I plan on slapping this into my thinkpad as a secondary/storage drive
https://www.amazon.ca/Blue-SN550-500GB- ... B07YFF3JCN

Most SSD deals have been hovering around the $90 to $100 range, so I figured this would be a good post

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Thank you. Looks like a great price. Cheaper than many SSD drives.
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Zarkey wrote: I don't think these have DRAM. Just putting it out there but good deal for casual user

https://www.storagereview.com/news/wd-b ... ssd-review
It doesn't but the lack of DRAM is a bigger deal on SATA than on NVMe. I don't recall the specifics but the way this drive handles the lack of DRAM is also a lot better than just about any other DRAM-less drive on the market.

This is actually one of the best entry level drives on the market and is very easy to recommend at this price point. There is better for sure but when it's mostly going up against QLC drives, this is better.
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Jep4444 wrote: It doesn't but the lack of DRAM is a bigger deal on SATA than on NVMe. I don't recall the specifics but the way this drive handles the lack of DRAM is also a lot better than just about any other DRAM-less drive on the market.

This is actually one of the best entry level drives on the market and is very easy to recommend at this price point. There is better for sure but when it's mostly going up against QLC drives, this is better.

Yea I just got one for my new rig so i guess ill find out in a years time how it fairs as a main drive in a year lol. Seems to be better than the cheaper samsung drives posted here for $60/70. some of those also slow down as their cache shrinks
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Any suggestions for a compatible enclosure?
Looking to make up a portable external SSD storage.
Appears that it is very important to make sure the enclosure is correct fit.
Thanks.
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Sizing isn't the issue its NVMe vs SATA. The enclosure you're looking for will have a physical form factor of M.2 to match this drive. It is important to make sure it is an NVMe enclosure, not a SATA enclosure, as they have different pin configurations. Another thing to consider is transfer speed but thats usually a matter of fast vs very fast.

a basic cheap one is (https://www.amazon.ca/Enclosure-Adapter ... 642&sr=8-3)
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Thanks.
So basically around $120 for the SSD plus enclosure.
Not bad for a 500gb SSD portable storage.
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Do not just get any cheap enclosure, some will heat up too much and disconnect intermittently. There is one particular forum thread where this is discussed: https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/st ... ?view=date

Basically, recommendation is to buy one that has either RTL9210 or ASM2362 controller.
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Can someone recommend a good fast reliable drive for this? What is the max speed?
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I plan on slapping this into my thinkpad as a secondary/storage drive
Just out of curiosity OP, what do you use as your primary storage drive? I've also got a ThinkPad that I've been thinking of upgrading.
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Did WD do anything to make amends for their SMR debacle? 'Cause if not, I still say "don't buy WD".
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ES_Revenge wrote: Did WD do anything to make amends for their SMR debacle? 'Cause if not, I still say "don't buy WD".
I despise the way WD treats customers too. Their poor track record extends well past the SMR debacle, encrypting drives at a hardware level without any ability to disable it, soldering USB ports directly to externals, trying to bury drive problems by renaming them. That said, it's hard to not recommend this drive when WD did such a solid job of producing a drive that can compete with QLC drives on price but still easily outperforms them.

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