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WD Black SN570 500GB SSD Thoughts?

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WD Black SN570 500GB SSD Thoughts?

Looking to add a 500GB NVME m.2 ssd to my old rig from 2012. I bought a PCIE adapter from Amazon that will be arriving by tonight hopefully.

This is only for a slave/data drive and not a bootable drive. Will be used for read/write purposes on a daily basis. I.e. documents, movies and maybe a VM or two.

That being said what is the consensus of this drive in terms of reliability and longevity? I want something to last as my OCZ Vertex 3 and Agility 3 SSDs from 2011/2012 that I also use on a daily basis.

If this brand is not good, please recommend another brand in its class and price range. I do not mind if it is not on sale either.

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product ... _id=134015

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I have the 1TB model of this NVME drive and I use it as my main boot drive. I haven't had it long, but it has been working well for me. Western Digital bought Sandisk a while ago for their flash drive technology and I've trusted both Sandisk (memory cards) and WD (hard drives) for many years.
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Why not just get a 2.5" SSD if it's just a storage drive ? Save a few bucks . For the price you pay this SN570 500gb+ nvme adapter you can probably get a 1tb 2.5" SSD.
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coilz wrote: Why not just get a 2.5" SSD if it's just a storage drive ? Save a few bucks . For the price you pay this SN570 500gb+ nvme adapter you can probably get a 1tb 2.5" SSD.
All out of Sata connectors on my motherboard lol.
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Quickman wrote: Do you really need the heatsink? It's expensive.

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product ... _id=134010

114.99 at Canada Computers. Lowest price ever was 94.99.
I wasn't sure. Is a heatsink required for day to day use? It will be put into my custom rig and there are a lot of fans I guess...
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From what all of the NVME reviews that I've watched, they say that the drive will get quite warm and a heat sink is needed if this is your everyday drive and use it to compile or render a lot of video. You can definitely save money by buying the version without the heat sink, and there are many aftermarket heat sinks available.
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djemzine wrote: I wasn't sure. Is a heatsink required for day to day use? It will be put into my custom rig and there are a lot of fans I guess...
The NAND is rated to run well when it's hotter. The controller needs to be cooled in case it throttles. I'm not sure if the controller for this card throttles or not due to heat. The label they put over the SSD helps with thermal transfer too I believe. For day to day you're probably ok.
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Ive got this as my main boot drive for a few months and no issues, win 10 boots up so much faster than the old mechanical drive.
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Broli's Mom wrote: From what all of the NVME reviews that I've watched, they say that the drive will get quite warm and a heat sink is needed if this is your everyday drive and use it to compile or render a lot of video. You can definitely save money by buying the version without the heat sink, and there are many aftermarket heat sinks available.
How much are aftermarket heat sinks? Less than $20?

As mentioned will be using this daily for read/write. No video rendering. Maybe running a VM or two.
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Thanks again guys! Ended up with the heat sink version as I had some Canada Computers reward points to use. Great timing as my PCI adapter came in too.

Finally can breathe again haha. My data drive is currently an OCZ Vertex 3 with 30GB left and its a 128GB drive.
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So far so good and loving the speeds :)
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Was just doing a test. Moving a 6GB OVA (VM) File from a WD 1TB 7200RPM Mechanical HDD to this drive and took only 1 minute to transfer. Speeds started off at 45 MB/sec but went to 180 MB/sec. Then I moved the same file to the older OCZ Vertex 3 Sata 2.5" SSD and it took 20 seconds. Speeds started off at over 950MB into the GB territory and dropped to a steady 150 MB/sec. I am guessing it dropped because of the 2.5" SATA from 2011/2012.

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Heat sink is a good idea. Some motherboards also come with M.2 heat sinks which prevent using the one included on some drives.
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This is the only time I would recommend a qlc drive like the Intel 660p series. You get a lot of capacity for the money.

Wouldn't use them for video editing though as they can saturate the buffer quickly.

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