Thinking of replacing my D Drive (8TB HDD) with SSD

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  1. bobmitch

    bobmitch Master Guru

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    I am running AMD 5950X on X570 motherboard. Thinking of either a 4 TB SATA III SSD (Crucial or Samsung) or NVme. My current C drive is Samsung 980 Pro NVMe 4.0 so wanted to boost performance by making D drive SSD as well. The main function of the D drive is to store game files, photos and music. Is NVMe going to be that dramatic upgrade from a SATA SSD? I get the overall speed...but I think with games...access time is most important...and whether SATA or NVMe...both will outperform a Spinner...

    Thoughts?

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    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Nvme vs S-ATA SSD just for storage , games and music?
    Get a normal SSD form a reputable brand and Bob's your uncle.
     
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    If youre going to install games on it, sure, go for NVME, it helps a bit but it aint that dramatic compared to good SATA SSD. Also the price aint that much higher for NVME, its kinda proportional. You pay a bit extra and you get a bit extra speed on loading times.

    For photos and music even spinners are more than enough, my whole media is still on spinners and it probably will be for a long time. There isnt anything media related that i use that would require >50MB/s transfer. Solid state drives are statistically more reliable tho but thats really the luck of the draw thing, some series/manufacturers do confirm that, other might not, etc. And even if that was the unequivocal rule, a mechanical drive usually gives signs of failure before it goes unusable, solid one less so, its a double edged sword.
     
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    bobmitch Master Guru

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    Gotcha. I'm leaning toward SATA III. Crucial 4TB is around $359, where NVMe is running around $600-700 If I want equal 8TB...looking around $729 for SATA III

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    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Keep the hard drive, add a 2TB SSD with a small OS partition.
    Use the rest of the drive for games/apps you want to load faster.
    Theres no point putting video, pictures, music etc on an SSD.
     
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    KissSh0t Ancient Guru

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    Or even buy an external enclosure to put your old hard drive inside so you can keep using it when needed.
     
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    umeng2002 Maha Guru

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    The noise of HDDs is what is annoying. I had three 1 TB WD Blue drives in a parity array, but I'm replacing it with one 2 TB SATA SSD to get rid of the noise.

    If I feel like spending $500 or so bucks on a NAS system, I might start using HDDs again.
     
  8. 386SX

    386SX Maha Guru

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    Crucial MX500 4TB has the same cache size as the 2TB version. I read somewhere they changed other stuff, too. So I went with 2TB drives.
    Do not go QLC as writes drop massively after the cache is full.
    Sandisk puts a lot of different controllers on their models, which makes buying a lottery. I heard of good experiences, but bad as well ...
    ADATA ... Stay the heck away from those. Bad, worse, worst, ADATA.
    KINGSTON does this "mix-the-controller", too, at least for some models.

    Here are some with TLC and minimum 3.84 TB:

    German (sometimes gives better prices than the English overview below):
    https://geizhals.de/?cat=hdssd&xf=16325_3~252_3840&sort=p

    English (for specs and comparision):
    https://skinflint.co.uk/?cat=hdssd&xf=16325_3~252_3840&sort=p
     

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