( 4.6 Average / 13 Ratings )
Hits its rating of 1570 MB/s on sequential reads and 540 MB/s on sequential writes in benchmarks. Also has a 5-year warranty. I'm currently using this as a boot drive and it's been blazingly fast on startup. This seems to be a great M.2 drive for the price-point.
Decided to splurge for M.2 (M) and I'm not disappointed with this "budget" one. You'd probably double the read/write speeds with a Samsung 950 Pro, but as fast as this thing already is and considering that storage gets so much better every year, I think making up the current price difference would be asking a lot unless money is no object for you.
This is a decent M.2 NVMe card, but run very hot. My idle temp is averaging 33c and 100% load averaging 56c. Picking up an air heatsink to lower the temp.
Greater than sata ssd, less than better nvme. Would only recommend on sale
This makes my computer boot in 2 seconds flat. It's great.
While some say this drive is a "budget option" and isn't the fastest, I think this is extremely fast, faster than I need. And no, I'm not coming from a HDD and going "These newfangled SSD's sure are quick", I'm coming from another, lesser NVMe M.2 SSD.
SSD: I am currently running the OS and most used programs on the Intel 600P. I may have got a little excited about an affordable NVMe option, as I have not noticed much of a difference between this and a normal SSD, but it has worked great, and it was really easy to install windows on it, which was my biggest fear. I have obstructed the view of it at the bottom right of the MOBO, as it is a dark green, and I was worried it might detract from the visuals. It is hard to see under the shadow of the huge GPU.
Speedy M.2 Goodness
With almost every single new build now including SSDs, the "better than mechanical" tagline don't cut it anymore - somebody had to drive a new wedge, and Intel figures that wedge is "better than SATA". For the most part, it works - this didn't cost much more than a good SATA M.2 SSD and is posting about 1150MB/s read under CrystalDiskMark (be honest, nobody but prosumer video editors and renderers give a **** about write). This makes it about 4x faster than the old SATA SSD was (850 EVO), but still a good bit short of what's posted on the box - I suspect it might be thermal throttling because the drive gets up to 55C under barely any duress but the speeds are still very respectable and I don't feel like tinkering with it.
Not the fastest, but fast enough. Faster than my SATA SSD for sure and the price is perfect.
Easy to set up as my boot drive. I have not had any issues so far.