Question My Gigabyte Aero 14's SSD died. What should I replace it with?

Mar 28, 2019
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My laptop's specifications:
https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Laptop/AERO-14--GTX-1060#sp
I opened the back of my laptop to see the shape of the connection and the SSD so here are some SSD's I am looking at based on that:
https://www.frys.com/product/9455051?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
https://www.frys.com/product/9455021?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4RE8NY2815
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167460
So a few things to note:
-I use the laptop mainly for gaming (think Witcher 3, Apex Legends, etc).
So in terms of memory, I am looking around 500 GB (same as the old one). How do I know if its compatible with my laptop? What else do I need to know before choosing one? Clearly there are price differences between SSD's with the same memory storage size but different brand. I don't know what else is factoring into cost besides the brand name. Any advice is much appreciated.
 

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While M.2 SSDs may look similar, there are big performance differences between them, especially when you compare M.2 ACHI SSDs with M.2 NVMe SSDs.

For example, you linked Intel 660p (512GB) and Samsung 960 Evo (500GB). Here's how they compare to each other,
link: https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-660p-NVMe-PCIe-M2-512GB-vs-Samsung-960-Evo-NVMe-PCIe-M2-500GB/m557263vsm204072

And here's Samsung 860 Evo (1TB) vs Samsung 960 Evo (500GB),
comparison: https://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Samsung-860-Evo-1TB-vs-Samsung-960-Evo-NVMe-PCIe-M2-500GB/m423831vsm204072

Since 860 Evo is M.2 ACHI (SATA) SSD, it performs far worse than 960 Evo which is M.2 NVMe (PCI-E) SSD. Though, when it comes to the 2.5" / M.2 SATA SSDs, 860 Evo is one of the best out there.

Also, you can use the UserBenchmark site to compare several different SSDs.
 

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