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[Newegg] XPG SX8100 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD 159.99 + tax

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[Newegg] XPG SX8100 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD 159.99 + tax

One of the cheapest fast m.2 available on the market
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ADATA is good brand but this series seems to have heat issues
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Desperadude wrote: ADATA is good brand but this series seems to have heat issues
Adata just buys parts from other brands, their quality is a crapshoot. That said, this has a pretty bad controller on it that is prone to overheating and failing.
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This has a 4.6 / 5 on amazon. 2000 + reviews. I think you guys are generalizing a whole brand. Its highly unlikely since my motherboard has a heat sink for M.2. Maybe on cheaper mobo with no heat sink

This is my gaming drive so doesn't matter if it fails for me. I will just replace it using 5 year warranty.
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save your self the time and trouble, but WD or samsung or crucial.
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lightmeup wrote: save your self the time and trouble, but WD or samsung or crucial.
Why would I want to save time or trouble when I can save MONEY??
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RomeoAlphaJuliet wrote: This has a 4.6 / 5 on amazon. 2000 + reviews. I think you guys are generalizing a whole brand. Its highly unlikely since my motherboard has a heat sink for M.2. Maybe on cheaper mobo with no heat sink

This is my gaming drive so doesn't matter if it fails for me. I will just replace it using 5 year warranty.
The SX8200 Pro has a 4.6/5 and over 2000 reviews, this is the SX8100 which has 22 reviews over 3 listings and an average score of about 3.77. It has also routinely been criticized in reviews for running hot.

As a secondary low write drive it's still of poor value considering the Sabrent Rocket Q is cheaper (no tax) and although the NAND is of lower quality QLC, the controller is vastly superior. As a secondary drive, one is unlikely to ever feel the negative impacts of QLC, but a shitty controller prone to killing itself is something I can't recommend to anyone.
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Whats the diff between 8100 and 8200? I ran 2 8200 sticks for a while now and not a single problem. Fast, no overheating..
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daviiiiiid wrote: Whats the diff between 8100 and 8200? I ran 2 8200 sticks for a while now and not a single problem. Fast, no overheating..
Completely different drives. The controller on the SX8200 Pro is a Silicon Motion controller while the SX8100 uses a Realtek controller that is prone to overheating. The SX8200 Pro specializes in short to medium write performance but absolutely stinks at long term writes. The SX8100 is mediocre for short writes, it would actually be really good at long term writes if the controller wasn't prone to overheating and throttling.
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I see this as positive news - when one brand lowers the price, it has a domino effect and by Thanksgiving we can expect the top brands like Samsung to sell a 1TB at this price. Of course - they will bring out something new meanwhile - but for my use 1 TB is all I ever need for the next 5 years.
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Adata nvme ssd controller use lowend chip, dram or DRAMless,
E12 e16 is best controller chip, buy e12 nvme ssd is good choice.
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signops wrote: I see this as positive news - when one brand lowers the price, it has a domino effect and by Thanksgiving we can expect the top brands like Samsung to sell a 1TB at this price. Of course - they will bring out something new meanwhile - but for my use 1 TB is all I ever need for the next 5 years.
don't hold your breath. the 970 evo plus 1tb is at 300. but i will also pray for a miracle!
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signops wrote: I see this as positive news - when one brand lowers the price, it has a domino effect and by Thanksgiving we can expect the top brands like Samsung to sell a 1TB at this price. Of course - they will bring out something new meanwhile - but for my use 1 TB is all I ever need for the next 5 years.
I see this as a routine sale on a low end product. We've seen a number of better 1TB drives cheaper in the last year and Samsung has routinely resisted dropping their prices. In fact we've watched average prices climb during that time and this isn't even the best deal on an 1TB NVMe this month.
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lightmeup wrote: save your self the time and trouble, but WD or samsung or crucial.
I'm looking at WD SN 750 Black, is it much worse than Samsung 970 Evo Plus in reliability? It's considerably cheaper than the Samsung.
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Jep4444 wrote: Completely different drives. The controller on the SX8200 Pro is a Silicon Motion controller while the SX8100 uses a Realtek controller that is prone to overheating. The SX8200 Pro specializes in short to medium write performance but absolutely stinks at long term writes. The SX8100 is mediocre for short writes, it would actually be really good at long term writes if the controller wasn't prone to overheating and throttling.
Thanks. Explains the complaints
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MooseV2 wrote: Why would I want to save time or trouble when I can save MONEY??
go for it man! this is the perfect product for you then.
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kwk1 wrote: I'm looking at WD SN 750 Black, is it much worse than Samsung 970 Evo Plus in reliability? It's considerably cheaper than the Samsung.
IMHO, samsung is still the BEST in consumer grade line. however, WD black SN750 is good enough, i.e. speed/heat/reliability, from what I have seen, no one had issues with it. SN750 1TB was 169$ BF last year. I would wait for it to go back to that price again. actually, I am in the market for 1TB NVME SSD, I am waiting for SN750 to go back to 169 or 970 evo plus 1TV to go 200-ish again.

I personally bought the adata 1TB, pc went bluescreen once a while, windows freeze once a while, then I switched to samsung 970, never had issues of any kind. back in the 2011 time period, crucial m4 was also having some kind of blue screen issue due to firmware, thats how i learned that a SSD can cause windows to BSOD/freeze. this adata is having the similar issue if it is used as windows boot drive.
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kwk1 wrote: I'm looking at WD SN 750 Black, is it much worse than Samsung 970 Evo Plus in reliability? It's considerably cheaper than the Samsung.
reliability for failure rate is hard to measure. failure rates is largely dependent on huge data sets so it usually has to come from consumer experience/reviews. afaik, WD is on par with samsung in terms of reliability. but the evo plus is still the top of the line in terms of performance for pcie 3 drives. but honestly, it just depends what your use case is. both the wd black and samsung evo plus is overkill for consumer grade ssds. the difference in speed for sata ssds and nvme is 1 second in game load times, 2 second windows boot. you'll only notice a difference for things that move huge files around like video editting. but even then, if you're doing smaller tasks of video editting on your own for youtube and stuff and not huge production stuff, you're probably not on a super strict schedule where those extra minutes really matter.
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I’d take a slower drive with no overheating problem. Reliability is a must for me
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I have been using the sx8200 non pro and they have been working great. 500gb version. The controller used is a a silicon motion sm2262 unlike this sx8100 which is a realtek controller

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