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"Help me decide on an M.2 SSD for my PC"


          

My 1TB SATA SSD is failing/becoming unreliable for some reason.

So I think it's time to get a 2TB - and I'm thinking an M.2 NVME is the only way to go.

My SATA SSD has read write of basically 540/500.

The top M.2 NVME SSD's can go UP TO 3000/3500 with my motherboard and cost around $260.

The mid ones go to 2000/1800 and cost $200.

I'm not video editing - or rendering files. I will only have 1 M.2 SSD so copying files from it will go to devices that at MAX are 500/500.

Question i o I *have* to drop the extra $50 for a top-tier one?
It seems like I'd never use the extra speed in ANY scenario.


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The speed increase is real. Worth it if you can swing it.
Jun 26th 2020
1
You got any numbers for that?
Jun 26th 2020
3
      well I went from a 2012 gen SSD to a modern 2019 so I could def.
Jun 27th 2020
9
           ah makes sense. n/m
Jun 27th 2020
12
if you're not video editing I really don't know what you need it for
Jun 26th 2020
2
I'm in this line
Jun 26th 2020
4
      yeah at some point you're more limited by everything else
Jun 27th 2020
7
Someone JUST recommended I get an SSD for my 2017 Macbook Pro
Jun 27th 2020
5
a fairly standard SSD at this point is a massive upgrade over a HDD
Jun 27th 2020
6
That's so crazy, I mean my Macbook still works fine for music prod
Jun 27th 2020
8
      Didn't all 2017 models have SSDs?
Jun 27th 2020
11
           I’m sorry, I meant its a 2013 macbook pro
Jun 27th 2020
13
                Outside of memory an SSD is the best investment
Jun 28th 2020
15
                     ^^^ if you can't afford a whole new computer
Jun 29th 2020
16
you should...but it's HARD DIY process...like..messy...but they have kit...
Jun 27th 2020
10
      I heard it can be tricky
Jun 27th 2020
14
Adorama has 1TB NVMe 3.0 for $109.99
Jul 01st 2020
17
I got my 1TB SATA working again............
Jul 01st 2020
18

FLUIDJ
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1. "The speed increase is real. Worth it if you can swing it. "
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Most notable for me when working in Adobe Lightroom and also when working in Revit. Autosave is so much faster and there's no noticeable "blip" when I happens. I'm dealing it fairly large files though.


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Nopayne
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3. "You got any numbers for that?"
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I find it hard to believe for any recent generation SSD over another.

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FLUIDJ
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9. "well I went from a 2012 gen SSD to a modern 2019 so I could def. "
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be an outlier in my impression.
But in general I'm just saying SSD is THE move if you're not using one currently. Not sure what version the 2019 15" MBP that I have has in it.......

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Nopayne
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12. "ah makes sense. n/m"
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2. "if you're not video editing I really don't know what you need it for"
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www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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4. "I'm in this line"
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Going from 500MBs SATA to 1800MBs seem incredible.

Not sure what I'd gain going faster. I don't have 10GB networking, or a fast SAN and I don't do video editing, rendering, or maths.

now I see they have a new GEN that can do 5000MBs if you have the right motherboard.

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7. "yeah at some point you're more limited by everything else"
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www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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Bambino Grande
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5. "Someone JUST recommended I get an SSD for my 2017 Macbook Pro"
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I'm strongly considering it, not sure if I'm technically savvy enough to pull it off myself tho

  

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6. "a fairly standard SSD at this point is a massive upgrade over a HDD"
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can't recommend it enough

www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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Bambino Grande
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8. "That's so crazy, I mean my Macbook still works fine for music prod"
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But if its as simple as installing a new SSD card via a YouTube tutorial vid I'm mad no one has put me on to this sooner

Any suggestion for which SSD to get?

  

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11. "Didn't all 2017 models have SSDs?"
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If your MacBook has an 3.5" HDD in it then any 3.5" SATA SSD will work.

I'd say just get the cheapest one - I've had San Disks, A-Datas and Muskins but all should work fine.

This Silicon Power one is good, and it's 1TB for $92.99:
https://www.amazon.com/Silicon-Power-Performance-Internal-SP001TBSS3A55S25/dp/B07B4G19X3/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=1tb+ssd&qid=1593281256&sr=8-6

You can get 512GB ones for around $50.

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Bambino Grande
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13. "I’m sorry, I meant its a 2013 macbook pro"
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My bad!

1TB for $92 sounds like a good deal

  

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15. "Outside of memory an SSD is the best investment "
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My old Dell (like from 2007) was dying a slow death for a number of years but after putting an SSD in it, the computer was quick enough to use for another two years.

The difference is night and day. Startup times for the OS and apps drop dramatically. Plus the drives are relatively inexpensive now.

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16. "^^^ if you can't afford a whole new computer"
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it's like buying a whole new computer for basically ~100 bucks

www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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10. "you should...but it's HARD DIY process...like..messy...but they have kit..."
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It took me damn near 4+ hrs to upgrade the battery & drive on my old 2012 MBP /retina model. The battery was the hardest part.
You should check to make sure the SSD is even upgradable on the 2017 models though...I'm not sure if it is..


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14. "I heard it can be tricky"
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Its a MBP 2013 model, my friend did it himself on his and he too said the struggle was real. But he isn’t very tech savvy and still managed to do it with help from a YouTube vid

  

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17. "Adorama has 1TB NVMe 3.0 for $109.99"
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https://www.adorama.com/inpeknw010t9.html


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18. "I got my 1TB SATA working again............"
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But I'm thinking that when I do upgrade I'll go for a Phison 12 NVMW with TLC chips - which is the "mid point" in performance.

Like:
https://www.amazon.com/Inland-Premium-Internal-Solid-State/dp/B07X74M6PT

Or:
https://www.amazon.com/XPG-SX8200-Gen3x4-3000MB-ASX8200PNP-2TT-C/dp/B07TY2TN64/ref=psdc_1292116011_t1_B07X74M6PT

I'm sure QLC would be fine - but TLC is pretty much the same cost.

Now, I really want a Samsung 970 pro - which is MLC.

One test I saw said "The 970 Pro maintains 2,700 MB/s sequential write performance for 1-hour, again setting a new lab record."

Now, I have no idea why I'd ever write that much data, but it's fun to look at

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