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Pros: -To say that it is decently fast is an understatement
-A full 300TBW for the 500GB model
-Good Cache Sytem
Cons: -No DRAM Cache
-PCIe 3.0 2x, as opposed to 4x
-No capacities greater than 500GB at this time
-Not much else, actually.
Overall Review: I have observed 4K random reads at Q3 depth around 620 MB per second, and writes at the same depth at 520 MB per second.
That's pretty fast, even taking into account this newest generation of NVMe drives, that's still pretty fast. This surprised me, as another rig that I own has a slightly older NVMe drive from another company, running at PCIe 3, 4x, and this WD Blue SN500 beats it hands down. This was quite surprising, as indeed, I intended for that to be the performance drive, and this new WD Blue to be the "budget solution."
So, here I am, considering swapping them, and wondering how I will manage to do so with my foot in my mouth.
If you want ultra-fast performance, then, please get an NVMe with a DRAM cache, which this drive lacks, but, my older NVMe does have a DRAM cache, and yet still slightly underperfoms this simple "budget" drive.
Of course, this drive is newly-released, at the time of this writing, and belongs to the latest generation of NVMe. So, the controller and the tech behind the drive are top-notch consumer-grade, so, it makes sense that it can beat some of the older NVMe drives. Still, this drive does have some impressive performance for the price.
Pros: Works without issues in my Gigabyte B450M motherboard, Ryzen 3 2200G, 16GB DDR4-3000.
It's at least as fast in real-world use as any SATA drive I've used, probably faster.
My main system with a Samsung 960 Pro is not noticeably faster than this drive.
But maybe that's not a fair comparison since I'm comparing a system that hasn't had Windows reinstalled in over a year, apps installed, etc. to a fresh installation on a new drive.
Cons: Not a drastic improvement from a SATA drive for what I use it for; but the M.2 SATA equivalent of this drive is about the same price so I bit on this one instead.
I'm sure it really is a faster drive if you push it to its' limits, but I'm hardly a power user, just an ordinary gamer.
Overall Review: Reviewers who dock it one egg because it doesn't come with a screw? .... Really?
Good luck finding a drive worthy of a 5-star review, because none of them come with a screw.
I've built a half dozen or more systems with M.2 drives, and the screw has ALWAYS come with the motherboard (or laptop).
Not once have I bought a drive that came with one.
Pros: - decent speed for budget priced pcie 3.0 x2 NVMe drive
- not that this matters for performance or value, but this thing is tiny (only ~1/3rd the PCB is actually chips, rest is just empty pcb to make it 2280 form factor
Cons: - the only con is the PCB color for me, but since this sits under a m.2 drive heat sink on the motherboard this was installed on, not enough to take off an egg... but if this is installed on a motherboard without a heatsink covering it, the blue pcb will stick out like a sore thumb.
Pros: - Fast (much faster than SATA drives)
Cons: Max capacity is 500GB.
Pros: Very fast, works great
Overall Review: First time using a SSD M.2 drive, I did a test of moving a 1.4GB Movie, first from a portable hard drive took about 20 seconds, Then I made 2 partitions and moved the 1.4GB movie from one partition to the other, It took 2 seconds. Awesome speed very happy with this
Pros: Is the proper M2 SSD for my motherboard
Allows me to utilize my tower PC as normally
Cons: Not generally available
Costs more than newer 3.0x4 M2's
Immediately was Out of Stock after my purchase
Overall Review: I first purchased an AData same spec M2 when I built my tower 3 years ago. Now it's old tech and I was lucky to find a replacement.
Moral of the story: Buy spares if you're using the previous generation of Tech. Then you'll have them when you need them.
Pros: CrystalDisk Mark: 1672 Seq Rd 1451 Seq Wrt
Random 4k Read 479 Write 482
My SSD hits 500/525 seq read/write, Usb 3.1Gen 2 ext Blue 184 read/write , old 500Gb blue internal sata 80 read/write
I didn't know it would be this much faster, really happy.
Cons: No fault of the drive but on my Asus board when it said "shares" Sata 5&6 ports they meant "takes".
I have a 4 port sata controller in the build too so not a big deal for me, but would have been.
Overall Review: Definitely recommend this.
Overall Review: Fair price for a nvme ssd. Would recommend buying this for os disk.