- 11 points
- 41 months ago
from completed build First time build
This one on paper seems faster than "Samsung 950 pro 256gb" ... also nice heat sink and cheaper.
- 7 points
- 36 months ago
from completed build Invictus
The main reason I bought this was because of the heatspreader - I've long held to the philosophy that heatspreaders are only for aesthetics and not worth spending much extra cash on, but after I saw how a bare-chip NVMe SSD actually performs (600p, with good airflow) I recognized the need for a heatsink. At the time of purchase, this was the same price as its more popular counterpart the 960 EVO, but it had a few things going for it - a heatspreader, a 5-year warranty and most importantly it was actually in stock. The rated speeds are significantly lower than the EVO's, but you can actually reproduce them under normal workloads - so in reality, except for highly specialized applications there's <200MB/s speed difference (according to such review sites as TechReport and TomsHardware).
- 6 points
- 38 months ago
from completed build Evenfall
86 bucks for this M.2 on sale in Amazon, no brainer. Epic speed for boot up and my editing apps.
- 2 points
- 13 months ago
from completed build Invictus Reloaded: Last Gen Still Works
After using this as my boot drive for a period of time, I can say that I don't find an NVMe SSD to be worth the money for a gaming build (although I can't fault the drive itself for my poor selection). It is not significantly faster at booting, loading games, or pretty much any tasks I do regularly than a good SATA SSD. However, that being said, this is a good NVMe SSD, posts its advertised speeds as installed, and is snappy for what I'm doing.
It should be noted here that unlike many other types of hardware, a heatspreader is very much worth it on an M.2 SSD, especially if it's an NVMe drive or if your motherboard doesn't have an effective M.2 drive cooler. My best friend owns an NVMe SSD without a heatspreader (Intel 600p) in a well-ventilated case, and that drive throttles under even moderate usage while this drive stays steady and performing at about 65C regardless of what I throw at it (and that's without ventilation).