[SOLVED] Is it Worth It?

blackop

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Thanks in advance!

I've got a Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD. Would upgrading to a Samsung 970 NVE PCIE SSD improve my performance? I'm not a gamer. But I use a lot of programs like Office, and watch movies and listen to music.

Asus Z170 Pro Gaming MOBO
Intel Core i5 6500 3.2 GHZ.
16 GB G.Skill DDR4
Samsung EVO 850 SATA SSD 250GB
Using built in intel graphics
 

Colif

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You might notice a faster boot time, I had a Evo 850 on last PC and have a 970 Evo Plus on this one, and main differences I have noticed are boot times. but other things changed as well so its difficult to say how much of my performance increase is just the nvme.

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movies might load faster, pc might just be zippier.
Once you go from gen 3 to gen 4 the time gained is smaller. You can only be so instant.
 

blackop

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Thanks for the insight, Colif! I'm all for making the PC zippier via a cheap upgrade, if it's worth it.

D'oh! I forgot to post my SMART data. It says everything is okay. But I've had the drive since 2015-ish.

S.M.A.R.T.
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Model NameSamsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Drive Type SATA
ResultIDDescriptionThresholdCurrent ValueWorst ValueRaw DataStatus
5​
Reallocated Sector Count
10​
100​
100​
0​
OK
9​
Power-on Hours
0​
95​
95​
22036​
OK
12​
Power-on Count
0​
95​
95​
4891​
OK
177​
Wear Leveling Count
0​
94​
94​
112​
OK
179​
Used Reserved Block Count (total)
10​
100​
100​
0​
OK
181​
Program Fail Count (total)
10​
100​
100​
0​
OK
182​
Erase Fail Count (total)
10​
100​
100​
0​
OK
183​
Runtime Bad Count (total)
10​
100​
100​
0​
OK
187​
Uncorrectable Error Count
0​
100​
100​
0​
OK
190​
Airflow Temperature
0​
68​
58​
32​
OK
195​
ECC Error Rate
0​
200​
200​
0​
OK
199​
CRC Error Count
0​
100​
100​
0​
OK
235​
POR Recovery Count
0​
99​
99​
52​
OK
241​
Total LBAs Written
0​
99​
99​
4.23E+10​
OK
 

Colif

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i can't compare as my ssd is in my old pc, not current one. As far as I know it still works.

I don't answer storage questions all the time but I can't say I see many Samsung ssd fail once they start working, I seen a few DOA ones but that happens with all hardware, you get bad failures.

if its cheap, getting up to 5x the speed is probably worth it.

Probably helps with really big spreadsheets too... loading them anyway. I mainly only use word in Office.
 

blackop

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D'oh! Forgot to ask: If so, then would you recommend the regular 970 or the 970 Plus? I could be wrong, but I heard the 970 Plus has a faster controller. I'm thinking of the 500GB size too.
 

Colif

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its got a newer controller, which has enhancements so I guess that makes it faster.

i went from a i5 4690k (4 cores 4 threads) with 16gb of ram to a ryzen 5 3600xt (6 cores, 12 threads) with 32gb of ram, its difficult to say how much of my speed increase i see is just from the nvme, but yes, word documents load real fast. everything loads pretty much instant.

My evo 850 never felt slow, this is just a little faster. Boot is where i notice it most. Last pc would take 30 seconds to boot, this (if bios was faster) would be about 15 seconds. Its not the massive jump you got from hdd to ssd.
 
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blackop

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A lot of working with multiple documents in MS Word, watching movies in 2K A LOT, streaming, and multi-tasking with applications. Blasting music, too. Do you think I'd notice a difference?