Question Help me choose m.2 nvme

bep1995

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Hello !! About 1 month ago I did an upgrade from an athlon ii x4 640 to a ryzen 5 3600 and although the performance it's huge I believe that the 5400 rpm hdd still holds the system back. So I decided to buy an m.2 nvme and I came up with the wd sn550, but after reading that the company recently changed the nand flash having now of course inferior performance, I'm going back to the start and I do not know which one to choose. But I have found some ssd's and I want your opinion.

The main thing i want is the speed in the small files and the speed after the cache is full. As for the second, the a2000 is the worst of all (500mb / s), but it has a very large cache which is 150gb i think and of course with 90 euros (107 usd) price makes it a good deal. And I'm also interested in the reliability of each ssd

Which of them would you suggest to me ??

  1. Kingston A2000 SSD 1.0TB M.2 NVMe SA2000M8/1000G
  2. Kingston KC2500 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe SKC2500M8/1000G
  3. Adata XPG SX8200 Pro SSD 1.0TB M.2 NVMe ASX8200PNP-1TT-C
  4. Western Digital SN750 SSD 1.0TB M.2 NVMe WDS100T3X0C
  5. Crucial P5 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe CT1000P5SSD8
PS. And the adata changed the nand flash and the controller for the sx8200 pro but I believe that nevertheless it has good performance so it's on the list.
 

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You might want to add prices to the list. XYZ SSD might be the best, but not if it's 50% more than the others. Knowing what you will pay for them matters. We should also probably know which board you have as well.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crucial-p5-m-2-nvme-ssd-review/2

Here is our review of the Crucial P5. 2TB anyway. The SX8200pro and SN750 are also on there. In the review one issue mentioned is the heat on the P5 and how it effects performance.

The P5 runs hot. At idle, the Crucial P5's controller hovers around 50C. That's 10-15C higher than most M.2 NVMe SSDs. After we threw a few 50GB and 100GB file transfers its way, the P5 heated up and ultimately throttled. The controller measured 94C, while the SMART data reported upwards of 100-103C before the drive finally throttled down to speeds of 200MBps.
If you go with the P5, you are probably best making sure it has active cooling. To be honest most of these perform around the same, depending on your work load/type. I'd remove the P5 from your list due to the heat issue. The SN750 is usually around the same results, while I personally feel the SX8200pro is a touch above. TBH I lean more towards the 970EVO. It's tops for a reason.
 

bep1995

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My mobo is the gigabyte aorus b550 elive v2

The 970 Evo costs 165 usd and 970 Evo Plus 158 usd.
Samsung is swapping parts in their 970 Evo Plus SSDs and sabotaging performance | TechSpot

The prices are:
  1. Kingston A2000 SSD 1.0TB M.2 NVMe SA2000M8/1000G 90 euros (107 usd)
  2. Kingston KC2500 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe SKC2500M8/1000G 116 euros (138 usd)
  3. Adata XPG SX8200 Pro SSD 1.0TB M.2 NVMe ASX8200PNP-1TT-C 123 euros (146 usd)
  4. Western Digital SN750 SSD 1.0TB M.2 NVMe WDS100T3X0C 122 euros (145 usd)
  5. Crucial P5 SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe CT1000P5SSD8 125 euros (149 usd)
 
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WrongRookie

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We need to first know your motherboard model. There are two types of m.2 nvme which is gen 3 and gen 4. If your motherboard supports gen 4, then it's a waste of money buying a gen 3 model as gen 4 is better.
 

bep1995

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I wrote the motherboard model in #3 post (gigabyte b550 aorus elive v2), and yeah. it supports gen 4 nvme.
But i don't think it's a waste of money buying a gen 3 nvme, I don't need 4-6 or even 7 GB/s, 2-3 it's more than enough for me. At this moment i'm between the wd sn750 and the kingston a2000, the sn750 is better but it's 35 euros more expensive, so i'm not decided yet.
 

WrongRookie

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I wrote the motherboard model in #3 post (gigabyte b550 aorus elive v2), and yeah. it supports gen 4 nvme.
But i don't think it's a waste of money buying a gen 3 nvme, I don't need 4-6 or even 7 GB/s, 2-3 it's more than enough for me. At this moment i'm between the wd sn750 and the kingston a2000, the sn750 is better but it's 35 euros more expensive, so i'm not decided yet.
At the same time however, gen 4 isn't overly expensive as gen 3 as there are many affordable ones

Crucial P5 Plus has value overall and performs decently well

https://uk.crucial.com/ssd/p5-plus/CT1000P5PSSD8

Same goes for Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabrent-Internal-Extreme-Performance-SB-RKT4P-1TB/dp/B08P2B6JKV

Just to name some few. I'd go with Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus if I were you.

These are a few examples of affordable gen 4 m.2 out there. But if you still insist on getting gen 3 and since your motherboard supports gen 3 as well, go with Kingston A2000. Its not fast but its not bad either especially with its price point.
 

Bob.B

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I wrote the motherboard model in #3 post (gigabyte b550 aorus elive v2), and yeah. it supports gen 4 nvme.
But i don't think it's a waste of money buying a gen 3 nvme, I don't need 4-6 or even 7 GB/s, 2-3 it's more than enough for me. At this moment i'm between the wd sn750 and the kingston a2000, the sn750 is better but it's 35 euros more expensive, so i'm not decided yet.
I have a sn750 all I can tell you about it is it works.
Unless your moving big chunks off data in/out of the ssd I doubt it will make any difference perf wise between brands/gen3 or gen 4/nvme or sata.
 

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