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Storage Budget M.2 NVMe options

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by silk186, 8 Oct 2018.

  1. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    I finally have a platform that supports M.2 drives and I'm looking to upgrade from my Samsung 830 256GB. Currently, I've found two options around the £100 price range. I had planned to go with a Samsung Evo but the 500GB model is double the price of the other two options. I've also read that the move to M.2 isn't very noticeable under normal home use. I don't have any extra SATA ports so if I went with a SATA drive it would take the place of my 830 and I would want to go with at least 1TB. If I get a budget M.2 it will be faster than a SATA drive and I can keep the 830 for games, and go with a smaller M.2 drive.

    Are prices expected to drop soon or and is competition expected to increase in the budget segment?

    Kingston A1000 M.2 NVMe 480GB - £94.48
    Intel 660p Series 512GB M.2 SSD - £94.48
    Intel SSD 760p Series 512GB M.2 SSD - £101.93
    Adata XPG SX8200 480GB M.2 SSD - £102.08
    Samsung 970 EVO 500 M.2 SSD - £135.99 (with free game)
    WD 500GB Black NVMe M.2 SSD - £149.98
    Kingston A1000 960GB M.2 SSD - £185.99
    Samsung 500GB 960 Evo - £189.93
     
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  2. David

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    You can make use of that m.2 slot with a m.2 SATA SSD- much cheaper than NVMe and still as fast as the best 2.5" SSD, assuming your slot supports both types .
     
  3. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    The cheapest M.2 at eBuyer is the Crucial MX500 M.2 2280 500GB SSD £76.20 (560MB/s - 510MB/s) vs Kingston (1,500 / 900MB/s) and Intel (1,500 / 1000MB/s) for an extra £18.28.
    I think I would only go M.2 SATA if I found a really good deal on a 1TB model. I'm hoping that NVMe will have some noticeable improvement as I find my computer hangs when working with large word documents, especially processing references with Mendeley.

    M.2 SATA starts at £76.20
    M.2 NVMe budget £94.48
    M.2 NVMe 960 evo £189.93

    I don't mind the premium of a budget NVMe, but I was hoping that it would cause other models to come down
     
  4. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Get the Intel 600P - NVMe on a budget and pretty quick. :)
     
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  5. sandys

    sandys Multimodder

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  6. silk186

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    I upgraded from a z68 / i5-2500k to a z170 / i7-6700k so fuzedrive won't work for me, though it was an interesting read.
    I will have to do something similar myself with an M.2 NVMe, SATA SSD and HDD drives.
    Currently, I have most games on my HDD due to limited space. With a 500GB NMVe, I can move games between the M.2 and SATA SSD depending on what I'm playing most and the transfer shouldn't take too long. Also, I don't think many games will see much benefit from a faster SSD. Later down the road, I will replace the SATA SSD with a 1-2TB drive when prices come down more.
     
  7. silk186

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    I read that it suffers from low endurance and inconsistent performance so I was hoping that competition would bring down the price of other drives.
    I'm also looking into how to compares to the Kingston A1000.
     
  8. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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  9. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    Shame you don’t get it there (apparently!?) but you can grab a 1TB SATA drive for a great deal these days. I just got myself an 860 EVO for $170 with a free Far Cry 5 code. :)
     
  10. silk186

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    That's a bit better. The ebuyer site is a bit **** so it didn't see it.
     
  11. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I did a sneaky edit. Cheaper at Scan with a free game.
     
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  12. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I think it's just a case of changing the $ to a £ over here at the moment.
     
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  13. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Ananadtech's A1000 review includes comparisons with/to the 600P

    If I were in the market for a SSD I'd probably pick between the Intel 760p and the Samsung 970 Evo.
     
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  14. silk186

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    Unfortunately, scan charges for shipping. What do you think I can get selling the ' Assassins Creed Odyssey' key?
    CCL has it for the same price with free shipping.
     
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  15. Anfield

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    We can definitely get the 1TB 860 EVO in the UK:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-MZ-76E1T0B-EU-Solid-State/dp/B078WST5RK
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Sata-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B078WQT6SB

    Just not worth getting it due to this:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-MX500-CT1000MX500SSD1-Internal-NAND/dp/B077SF8KMG
     
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  16. sandys

    sandys Multimodder

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    You can still use that software there is just at a small cost to it. It would do all the work for you in the background meaning you can add small nvme and have everything on a large normal drive.

    http://www.enmotus.com/fuzedrive
     
  17. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    Certainly more than the cost of shipping, it's a pretty new game I think
     
  18. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I think it's been out less than a week.
     
  19. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    Do Scan still offer free shipping for B-T members? They used to on orders over £20 + vat and that was next day DPD. That was a reason for me to use them at work, as I had a bad experience or 2 with Ebuyer and their frankly useless Yodel service.
     
  20. cobalt6700

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    Yeah Scan still do free shipping for B-T members :)

    Been looking at getting myself a NVMe drive too, for pretty much the same reasons as Silk186. I had come to the conclusion that if the 660p was no good then I was getting a 970 Evo.
     
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