Review: Addlink S70 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD - Is a cheap 3400 MB/s Amazon SSD actually good?

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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  2. Kaarme

    Kaarme Ancient Guru

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    I haven't studied the SSD prices for a year, but that looks pretty impressive with my year old knowledge. Of course I'd be inclined to hesitate a bit with a never heard of brand, but on the other hand, SSD tech is starting to be quite standard and nondescript these days, so who knows. SSDs have no intensely moving parts like the spinning HDDs, so in a certain sense you can achieve more with less internal engineering R&D at your specific company. You can just buy pretty much all the components from the same places everybody else does, unlike with the old HDDs where you had to manufacture the mechanical parts yourself (which is why there are/were only a few manufacturers).
     
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    Fast ... but what about durable !? How will they handle warranty if it will brake after a year or two ! ... Also, how it will handle data when let's say 90% is full .
    I will keep an eye for this as the price is really good but thinking about it a corsair MP510 960 Gb is 150 euro. you lose 40 GB , but what you gain ?
     
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    I think comparably sized 970 Evo Plus have a slightly larger dynamic SLC cache, but apart from that I think these drives are at least as fast if not faster from the data I've seen. Note I mention the Evo Plus, because I think these drives are better in every way than the plain 970 Evo, but the Evo 970 Plus is a little faster for big file transfers. You only really need the larger SLC cache if you're transferring massive files all the time - larger than 27GB. I've got an E12 Phison drive (they come under loads of brand names) and I've got the 1TB Sabrent Rocket, and just like this drive shown in this review the transfer speed drops after 27GB, but it only drops to 1GB/s sustained, and I don't transfer large files so it makes no difference. These Phison E12 drives are cheaper and faster than 970 Evo, and comparable to 970 Evo Plus. I see no point in buying overpriced Samsung drives as a consumer, I'd rather support the underdog, save some bucks, and feel like I'm a winner!

    @insp1re2600 , I've got that drive and I mentioned it in the previous paragraph of this post.
     
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    Another great review - cheers!
    Very impressive drive for the price and one I'll definitely keep in mind for a new AMD build next month. HDD storage replacement is progressing well. What we need now, particularly for boot drives, is real progress in lowering QD1 speeds with much better pricing (i.e. not Optane level).
     
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    I've got the 512GB version, sequential write speed is a bit low but I've currently no complaints :)

    CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2018 hiyohiyo
    Crystal Dew World : https://crystalmark.info/
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    * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
    * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes
    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3473.051 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2287.063 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1228.736 MB/s [ 299984.4 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 1754.341 MB/s [ 428305.9 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 608.682 MB/s [ 148604.0 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 525.702 MB/s [ 128345.2 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 55.381 MB/s [ 13520.8 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 216.790 MB/s [ 52927.2 IOPS]
    Test : 1024 MiB [C: 50.6% (240.9/476.4 GiB)] (x5) [Interval=5 sec]
    Date : 2019/08/17 14:08:34
    OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 18362] (x64)
     
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  9. sykozis

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    I ordered that same Intel drive this past Monday. It was $89.99 USD on Newegg.

    I'm not really concerned so much with the speed. I just needed a larger drive and the price for the Intel 1TB drive was hard to argue with. I may have to pickup this Addlink or the Sabrent drive later though.
     
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    Yes, and for memory/SSDs I've usually gone with brands ... although Addlink appears to be sourcing a good controller & memory. Both of which have been deployed en mass' for a few years now if I'm not mistaken.
    I'm not sure if it's worth the trouble of returning both 1TB's I just went through the trouble of ordering and re ordering ... *shrugs* these are actually really good SSDs. I'll think on it.
     

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    There's an 2TB version of it, too. Might be worth considering. One of my three M.2 slots is free still.
     
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    Its not like these (or other "no name" brands) are made by a asian grandpa in the backyard.
    So far, all the ones i looked at are using same pcb/controller/chips from a handful of companies, and i dont care if they only have 2 or 3y warranty.
    if they die, the data is still gone, and i would rather a more up to date drive after that kind of time.

    Haven't tried to figure out if its a samsung or crucial/toshiba drive, but lools like its the first one, uses a phison controller and is faster than my 960...

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07PB5C36M?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title
     
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    Seems like a great choice. Btw. the comments on the main page does not seem to work for this review.
     
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    As somebody who's still rather comfortable with SATA3 SSDs in my rig, this might be a good alternative for my next one that will follow next year. Thanks for the review Hilbert
     

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    Nice review, will be getting a budget 2gb SSD at some point to put my games on (now some are getting to 150gb!!). Obviously no one should be looking at buying just yet if they can help it with black Friday/cyber Monday coming up.
     
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    It's all in Mr. Hagedoorn's article and I posted what you asked about in a response with previews for the controller and NAND
     
  19. fry178

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    Never asked anything :rolleyes:, just stated things (maybe the obvious),
    and i dont own the tested drive, so parts will not be the same (mine could be crucial/samsung based).

    There are more brands than just samsung, doing good performing drives,
    and im getting tired of paying twice what others are charging just because its a samsung drive
    (and no other differences outside warranty).
     
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    I just spent the last couple hours trying to get my system to boot with the 660P installed. Even though MSI says my B350 Tomahawk supports NVMe, and despite the board recognizing the drive, it won't boot from it. Really disappointing. I may have to give one of these drives a shot sooner and see if maybe it'll work better.
     

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