What M.2 drive to buy?

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  1. H83

    H83 Ancient Guru

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    Hey everyone,

    so i´m thinking about buying a M.2 drive but i´m feeling kind of lost because there are so many brands and options...

    Anyway, i want something with a minimum of 1TB and with good reliability and performance.

    So far that only one that peaked my interest was the Samsung 980 Pro but it costs a pretty penny...

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
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    Budget? Primary boot drive for OS?
     
  3. DannyD

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    Corsair MP600, many members have this drive, very fast gen4 with great cooling.
     
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  4. H83

    H83 Ancient Guru

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    As for the budget, at first i wanted to spend around 100€ but then i realised that´s barely enough for a crappy drive...

    So now i just want some advice about good M.2 drives and then i will consider the price.

    I already set aside between 150 to 200€ for a good one.
     
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    I bought a couple of 2TB 980 pro's.
    I don't regret buying them, but I do accept that they are a luxury I will almost certainly never get the maximum benefit from.
    I am unsure of how Direct Storage performs with different speed drives though. Maybe that could play a factor in your decision.
     
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    cucaulay malkin Ancient Guru

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    samsung pro line has always been excellent,but it's not a cost effective drive.
    the 8200pro suggestion was good,hynix p31 is certainly an overlooked drive too.mp600 is not worth it.970 evo plus has always been great.plextor m9p+,another great all round drive.
     
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    Corsair MP600 and WD SN850 are good drives to.
     
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    Was looking around at a few different NVMe SSDs a few months ago, and ended up going with the SK hynix Gold P31. I can't remember if that was the only thing, but I think the 128-layer NAND was what sold me.

    No issues or complaints after 3 months.
     
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    excellent drive.

    Read more: https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/9593/sk-hynix-gold-p31-1tb-nvme-2-ssd/index.html#Final-Thoughts
     
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    If your still on pci-e 3 dont bother with top tier drives like the 980pro or Sabrent rocket 4plus as you`ll be limited to around 3200mb/s, that said if your mobo does not have nvme cooling shields i`d go for something like the mp600core with a heatsink or a Sabrent 1TB Rocket, alternatively a Crucial p5 would be a good starting point.....not the fastest but a reputable brand and a good price point for 1tb drives...then again the Samsung 970pro is a good drive but i found mine ran quite toasty without a heatsink to dial in the heat spikes, personally with your budget i`d go for one that has a good warranty or high TBW
     
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    mp600 core is qlc trash and costs more than workstation grade tlc drives.it's fast when it's empty,fill it up and it's slow as molasses.
    really,if p31 is available where you live,it's a no brainer.
    I wish it was here.
    only ccompany that has made qlc work well so far is intel.

    [​IMG]
     
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    So the Hynix P31 is not available on Portugal, as expected, but the WD SN850 is and it looks very nice although a little pricey. It´s very close to the Samsung 970 Pro.

    I can also order the Hynix from Amazon but i would prefer to buy it on Portugal but it´s cheaper than the WD...

    From time to time i see this one on sale:https://www.pccomponentes.pt/oportunidades/1633073. Is it any good???

    Also, my board only supports PCIE3 but i would prefer a PCIE4 for some future proofing but it´s not a deal breaker.

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions so far and keep them coming.
     
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    M2 speed is changing rapidly. There is a high probability that when you do decide to refresh your motherboard, it will have room for much higher speed M2, which by then will probably be cheaper as well. So i would write off that idea (Unless a deal comes along and it is actually cheaper then PCIE3).
     
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