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[Newegg] WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB Internal SSD ATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"/7mm - $114.99 w Free Shipping

Great deal on a terrific SSD. If memory serves correct, I think this is an ATL. I think Amazon had sold this SSD for $115. Good buy for those that missed out on the Samsung Evo 860 1TB SSD and this is a cheaper price.
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how is ATL compared to the other types? MLC, SLC, etc.
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Noobie question on the NVMe topic, why would anyone get a regular SSD vs a NVMe? (hypothetically: as long as the PC supports it and for equivalent price for size)
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jonleblanc wrote: Noobie question on the NVMe topic, why would anyone get a regular SSD vs a NVMe? (hypothetically: as long as the PC supports it and for equivalent price for size)
There is no reason to go with SATA over nvme. Even if you don't have a m.2 slot in your mobo a pcie to m.2 adapter is less than $20 on Amazon. You will get 5x speeds
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jonleblanc wrote: Noobie question on the NVMe topic, why would anyone get a regular SSD vs a NVMe? (hypothetically: as long as the PC supports it and for equivalent price for size)
SATA SSDs are not the same price as PCIE NVME SSDs. As well for most everyday usage like boot up, web browsing or watching Netflix you are not going to see a noticeable difference in speed between SATA SSD and PCIE NVME SSD.
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mm53bar wrote: Thanks for posting that. I'm looking for a 1TB SSD that is under $140. Was looking at this Crucial drive on Amazon for $130. Seems to be similar specs but I'm out of the loop on how to compare SSD's. Which is a better buy?

https://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-MX500-NAN ... B077SF8KMG
My position is that if you have to ask, you will probably be fine with the cheaper drive. That goes doubly so for sata drives, where they are all right up at the top of sata 3 performance limits anyways.

Although all of that is only reserved for if you’re buying a drive from the 3 main players: Samsung, crucial, and WD.
So buy the cheaper drive amongst those 3... not the cheapest drive you can find altogether because you may come across some other junk brands for much cheaper but not be getting good reliability or warranty with other brands.

Edit: I believe **technically** the mx500 has the better specs. But again, you probably won’t notice.
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shayne85 wrote:
SATA SSDs are not the same price as PCIE NVME SSDs. As well for most everyday usage like boot up, web browsing or watching Netflix you are not going to see a noticeable difference in speed between SATA SSD and PCIE NVME SSD.
They're close enough that if you have the option to install a m.2 drive it's a no brainer. 1tb WD blue nvme can be had at BB right now for $138.
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Miatch wrote: They're close enough that if you have the option to install a m.2 drive it's a no brainer. 1tb WD blue nvme can be had at BB right now for $138.
Not all M.2 ports are the same though, for example I have an older Asus H97 motherboard where the speed is only PCIE 2.0 x2 so the max speed is 10 Gbps while SATA 3 is 6 Gbps. No significant difference there.

I’ll go M.2 NVMe with a PCIE 4.0 drive when the time comes.
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mm53bar wrote: Thanks for posting that. I'm looking for a 1TB SSD that is under $140. Was looking at this Crucial drive on Amazon for $130. Seems to be similar specs but I'm out of the loop on how to compare SSD's. Which is a better buy?

https://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-MX500-NAN ... B077SF8KMG
Those ones have known issues with the firmware and no one really knows if it's been resolved yet or not. There's something wrong with it that causes it to relentlessly perform random writes which leads to early degradation of the drive. You'll find a lot of people online complaining that the drive goes dead after only 1-2 years.

I had bought one originally to use as the secondary drive in my laptop but in the end decided I couldn't risk it and just full-on upgraded my M.2 SSD (not NVMe, laptop is almost 5 years old) instead.
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Miatch wrote: There is no reason to go with SATA over nvme. Even if you don't have a m.2 slot in your mobo a pcie to m.2 adapter is less than $20 on Amazon. You will get 5x speeds
I "believe" that nvme is the form factor.

so a nvme SATA is the same as a 2.5 inch 7mm SATA in speed.

a nvme PCIE is the one that is faster than the 2.5 inch 7mm SATA.

my nvme PCIE is about 1700/1100 speed vs 550/550 for SATA. so 3x and 2x
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Are these reliable? Was originally looking at Samsung, but this price is hard to pass on

Looking to replace a 5 year old HDD in an Inspiron 5000. My son has been using it for online school and it takes forever to load/do anything, lol
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FrankDracman wrote: I "believe" that nvme is the form factor.

so a nvme SATA is the same as a 2.5 inch 7mm SATA in speed.

a nvme PCIE is the one that is faster than the 2.5 inch 7mm SATA.

my nvme PCIE is about 1700/1100 speed vs 550/550 for SATA. so 3x and 2x
No no, nvme is the speed. M.2 is the form factor.
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Looking for 2TB. Any pricepoint suggestions on what to look out for? Is $120/TB and below considered a good deal?
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FrankDracman wrote: I "believe" that nvme is the form factor.

so a nvme SATA is the same as a 2.5 inch 7mm SATA in speed.

a nvme PCIE is the one that is faster than the 2.5 inch 7mm SATA.

my nvme PCIE is about 1700/1100 speed vs 550/550 for SATA. so 3x and 2x
You are confusing interface (SATA, SAS, Nvme) with form factor (3.5", 2.5", m.2, u.2). It's either nvme or SATA.

Nvme uses 4x PCIe lanes SATA uses serial bus. You can get m.2 form factor drives that are SATA or nvme for basically the same price. Nvme m.2 drives should be ~2500MB/s for Gen3 and ~4500MB/s for Gen4.

They make a u.2 which is basically a data center version of a 2.5" SSD. The u.2 uses nvme and will run at ~3000 MB/s
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FrankDracman wrote: I "believe" that nvme is the form factor.

so a nvme SATA is the same as a 2.5 inch 7mm SATA in speed.

a nvme PCIE is the one that is faster than the 2.5 inch 7mm SATA.

my nvme PCIE is about 1700/1100 speed vs 550/550 for SATA. so 3x and 2x
1700/1100 is the max burst speed, continuous you wont really notice the real world difference.
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dalex100 wrote: No no, nvme is the speed. M.2 is the form factor.
NVMe is actually the interface.
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Jep4444 wrote: NVMe is actually the interface.
The annoying part about M.2 is it is the connector / port, but it can be SATA interface or NVMe interface.

Most people when they say M.2 they mean M.2 NVMe which is a lot faster than SATA.

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