expired 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND M.2 2280 SSD (USD $235.40) AUD $303.80 / 2.5" (USD $237.80) AUD $306.80 Delivered @ Amazon

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  • +3 votes

    SATA but still an awesome deal!

    • +3 votes

      SATA is plenty good enough for 98% of the computer using population.

      • +6 votes

        Correct. My uses would be the 2% however :P

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          Yeah I agree my next rebuild will be with a PCIE/NVME drive, but probably only for boot/apps. For VMs and other stuff 1TB SATA would be a nice secondary drive.

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          @ddr0001: I'm going the next step further and sticking it in servers. Will definitely help with the VMs.

      • +3 votes

        Yeah, NVMe may have way faster read/write speeds, but the actual benefits aren't as big as it would seem. I remember watching a comparison video for windows boot times (SATA vs NVMe) and the difference was a couple of seconds tops.

        • +2 votes

          The difference for M.2 drives is if you use an NVMe one it has direct access as a PCI device but if you buy a SATA drive and put it into your computer it makes two of the SATA ports on your motherboard unusable. Best to avoid SATA M.2 and just get the regular SATA3 2.5" one as the speed difference will be stuffall in real world use and you only use one SATA port instead of two.

        • +1 vote

          It's 6 seconds vs 11 seconds for Windows.

          Game loading is usually +100% faster.

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          @Agret: >it makes two of the SATA ports on your motherboard unusable

          That depends on motherboard.

        • +2 votes

          @Diji1:
          Not true. Plenty of reports out there where people do not see any performance difference in windows boot times when switching to an nvme m2.

          Here's a video where a guy compares windows boot times. NVMe m2 was actually 1 second slower than the sata ssd. Booting up battlefield 1, the NVMe m2 was 1 second faster. Now for large file transfers, the NVMe m2 was significantly faster.
          https://youtu.be/EdF_aerWcW8?t=80

          Here's a video showing game load times. First level on battlefield 1 loaded in the same time with a samsung 940 pro and intel 750 nvme. They had the same times loading into the overwatch training zone. Same time loading into sims 4.
          https://youtu.be/tIXSSOzyLbs?t=228

          If you have a source to backup your claims, i'd genuinely like to see it cause it's the first im hearing of such.

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          @Diji1: +100% seems like a ludicrous claim as by the time you have an SSD the bottleneck is no longer the file I/O but the actual processing of the data by the CPU/GPU

          6 vs 11 seconds sounds rather suspect and within margin of error. If you are using the same drives that had a 100% difference between them though then yeah I guess. Sounds like you are comparing a low end SATA drive to a high end M.2 though with those numbers. Do a proper comparison between high end SATA drive.

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          @Agret: @Agret: I've seen a similar half loading time when loading loaddine-formatted WiiU games into the WiiU emulator on Linux. This makes an even bigger difference after installing updates to the games (several gb of small files to load)

          Loading shrines, etc in Zelda BOTW is much faster on the M.2

          This is an 850EVO vs 960PRO, and I believe the 850EVO saturates the sata link anyway.

          It really depends on what you're doing, what games, etc.

          Edit: But for regular PC games, there's almost no difference. I measured about 10-20% faster loading 7d2d on linux.

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          @Diji1:

          M.2 disabling 2 SATA ports is true for most motherboards. My understanding is that the chipset only provides so many lanes. The cheaper chipsets have less lanes. So if you allocate lanes directly to the M.2, the lanes have to come from elsewhere. On my motherboard (Aorus z370 Gaming 7) I lose 2 SATA or you have to option to degrade the x4 PCIe slot to x2 instead (but only when using a particular one of the 3 M.2 slots). Which is lucky because I have 1 Bluray write, 4 HDD and my NVME 860 EVO. Had I lose 2 SATA, I'd be looking at an expansion card for more SATA ports. I had to guide the guys at JW building the system to finding the option.

          The bottom line is with most motherboards (especially ones that don't cost an arm and a leg) you do lose 2 SATA and if you don't you'll lose something else and you have to know what you're doing with setup.

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      Not up on my SSD connections - what's the issue with the M.2 being SATA vs (what is the alternative?).

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        PCIe/NVMe is significantly faster than SATA. Checkout this benchmark:

        http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Samsung-950-NVMe-PCIe-M...

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          Why would M.2 use SATA over PCIe/NVMe, since M.2 slots are typically on the mobo, no?

        • +1 vote

          @Chandler: Price and usability. M.2 SATA is cheaper than PCIe and you don't normally notice a major difference in speed for general use like boot up times and gaming.

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          @Clear:
          Noted. Thanks a lot for the info!

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          m2 was a way to free up some physical space inside PCs, get to the new sata speeds and is more a physical interface, comes as sata and one other interface?

          should have been cheaper than normal sata 2.5” ssd but think they are still trying to got the volumes up and only warm demand, so normal sata ssd seems to be cheaper still.

          challenge will be as people refresh motherboards who will ditch their old 512gb sata ssd and buy new m.2 ?

        • -1 vote

          @Clear: >you don't normally notice

          Sure if you think almost twice as fast is unnoticeable for booting Windows. Sometimes 4x as fast for loading games.

          It's noticeable unless you don't want to notice it for some reason. Like maybe you don't own one?

        • +1 vote

          @Diji1: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/5737605/redir

          Or maybe you can't read? Boot times between SATA M.2 and PCIe SSDs are normally minimal.

        • +1 vote

          @Diji1:

          Sure if you think almost twice as fast is unnoticeable for booting Windows. Sometimes 4x as fast for loading games.

          It's noticeable unless you don't want to notice it for some reason. Like maybe you don't own one?

          lol wow dude, trying very hard to justify your purchase. Here's the Samsung 960 Pro M.2 512 (one of the fastest consumer level SSDs on the market) vs the Crucial MX300 loading some games

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecCA0gx_eZk

          Yes it is much faster for file transfers but that is not the bottleneck for game loading once you have any form of SSD it's the CPU that is the deciding factor in load times.

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    Seems like a decent little drive, but what I would really like is the 960 Pro again at this price :'(
    Edit: though the 960 was 512GB at this price, not 1TB

    • +1 vote

      Errr yeah, I've never seen the 960 at this price otherwise I would have bought a couple ;)

      Patiently waiting for 960 to go sub $400 for 1TB.

      Just remember, Samsung 960:

      Sequential Read Speed: Max 3,500 MB/sec
      Sequential Write Speed: Max 2,100 MB/sec

      This drive:

      Sequential read speeds up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 530MB/s.

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      940 pro user for several years. They are excellent. Much faster than any other SSD I've ever used (possibly placebo due to me having a nice PC setup)

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    Any local warranty for M2?

  • +1 vote

    That is actually darn cheap.

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      It is. Pity prices haven't dropped much in the last year.

      I got a 1TB MX300 exactly a year ago for this price, courtesy of OzBargain
      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/296891

      • +2 votes

        Not only that it's slightly faster than the MX300
        …it maintains its performance better as it fills up and uses less battery the whole time.

        Last-gen it was:
        HDD < WD Green (or cheapest) < MX300 < Samsung 850 EVO (if you can afford) < Samsung NVMe drives
        Current-gen its:
        HDD < WD Green (or cheapest) < 850 EVO/MX500/WD Blue3D/Samsung 860 EVO < Samsung NVMe drives

        PCIe drives are even faster but that's a tiny niche. And let's not start with Intel's ridiculous Optane products (a niche too small to be called a niche, maybe there's one guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea)

    • +1 vote

      Edit: I'm blind

  • +2 votes

    Very good price for 1TB. I got 512GB 960 Pro, but have a spare slot. Seriously thinking about it, though I don't actually need it and it's still a fair outlay.

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      Same n agree, was looking at 1tb for my new Brt828 router to use it as a mini Nas (albeit wth no redundancy), that router cant do pcie so all good there. Cheapest i found the evo850 was 400 so yeah 300 for this is very tempting!

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    Not the fastest but amazing value

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    great for people that want M.2 interface, with 1 TB makes a great primary drive, and frees up a sata connector

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    Will these work with the SilverStone MS09 cases? Tossing up between getting this or just a straight Samsung T5.

  • +1 vote

    Is there any cheaper ssd in 256GB sizes?

  • +2 votes

    Tempting but my laziness wins (can’t be bothered to disassemble/reassemble my PC).

  • +1 vote

    WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB $306.86 (Amazon)
    Crucial MX500 1TB $319.2 (eBay AU)

    Which one to get?

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      Would have loved for either to be just under AU$300 for tax purposes. I’m thinking the M2 NAND for myself to replace my current 128gb main system m2 drive. I just need to figure out if I can still install windows 10 on it as the current system was a windows 7 OEM with a free upgrade all those years back.

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        Clone the existing SSD to the new one.

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          Thanks. I did not know you could clone a M.2 138gb to M.2 1TB.

        • +1 vote

          @danielh: If you have 2x m.2 slots on your PC, then you can. If you don't (and you don't want to buy any converter), then clone it to a SATA SSD or a hard drive, then clone to the new m.2 SSD.

          It's above $300 AUD (inc. postage) so you are probably not going to get one.

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          @netsurfer: Thanks. I might still get it and claim only the $300 and forego the rest. Need to chat with accountant about that.

          Good idea about the cloning across devices as well.

          Is it possible to do the following:
          1. Main PC M.2 > Clone > Disk Image
          2. Disk Image transferred to my NUC Skull Canyon (which has 2 M2. I will leave the System M2 on and switch the other to the new 1tb)
          3. Clone the Disk Image to the 1tb
          4. Replace the existing 128gb M2 on my Main PC with the new 1tb

          EDIT: Just decided to get the 2TB one instead. Only a bit more expensive on a per MB basis. Guess yet another item for straight line depreciation for three years…

        • +1 vote

          @danielh: I suggest you try a fresh install if you still have you Windows 7/8 key. I tried it last year and it worked.

          https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/142616/yes-can-s...

          Get the latest Windows 10 though as you don't want to install an older version of Windows 10 and then do the update (takes ages even with an SSD, due to the Windows update download and the update seems to be CPU dependent as well).

          https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

          The only restriction I found with Windows 10 using a Windows 7/8 key is that you cannot take the SSD/HDD out and put it in a SATA to USB (or m2 to USB) case and boot from USB. To do that, you actually need a Windows 10 key.

          I think opening / using a Skull Canyon NUC to do SSD cloning for another PC is an overkill. $3.83 for a converter, but I am not sure whether I trust a $4 converter (and I doubt it works with NVMe SSDs).

          https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/B-Key-M-2-NGFF-SSD-to-2-5-SATA-C...

      • +2 votes

        I just need to figure out if I can still install windows 10 on it as the current system was a windows 7 OEM with a free upgrade all those years back.

        You sure can, the system will automatically activate without having to enter a key simply by using the Microsoft provided ISO.

        Just so you know the Windows 7/8/8.1 free upgrade is still running, just install Windows 10 without a product key and then after installation you can activate it with your 7/8/8.1 product key and it will work perfectly.

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        Thanks for all the advice everyone.

        I think I'll try the cloning route first as I think I have my system set up the way I like it but I guess if that fails, it is good to know that I can install Windows 10 and use my Win 7 key to activate it.
        I think one of my main issues with a new install is losing all my personalised playlists on iTunes, all the configuration I did with setting up my BitTorrents, my Plex server, Steam, Origin, remote access and lots of other customisations which I will probably remember as soon as I go to a new system and realise I have to redo something.
        FYI I also I got a cheapish M2 2080 external USB case and so I hope to clone my existing 128gb M2 data to the USB-2TB-M2 and then do the physical switch on the motherboard.

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          Just got my 2TB WD M.2 drive and a very nice looking Eluteng M.2 USB case for it today (22 March 2018). Only took 8 days to get to me so pretty fast considering it was from the USA.

          Just googling how to clone a boot disk now. :-)

      • +1 vote

        If you have the windows 7 key, it will accept it when you do a fresh install and input the key. I have done that countless times after the free upgrade.

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      I vote for the MX500

  • +2 votes

    !!! WARNING - SATA drive !!!

    Get the 2.5" one OP linked below in the description (same price) if you are using it on a desktop. The M.2 one is only suitable if you are using it on a single slot laptop or NUC. The reason is that if you use this on a desktop you will lose the use of 2 SATA ports on your board by installing it in the M.2 slot.

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      Some motherboards let you lose use of an x4 PCIE slot instead, but either way you lose something.

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      Or if your using for a router with storage functionality.

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      It's fine. You get 6 of them.

      That leaves you with 1 for HDD, and 1 for Optical drive if you need it, and these days, who does? And you still have 2 spare.

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        You clearly don't do much photography or video editing.

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          So educate me.

          What do you photographers do with your SATA ports?

          And what do you suggest as an alternative to free up those 2 SATA ports? nvme m.2 1TB SSD? That will be expensive..

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          @lostn:

          I built my latest beast just before Christmas 2017. I have 4x4TB HDD, 1 Bluray writer. That's 5 ports. My motherboard has 6. if I lost 2 I wouldn't have enough.

          I could get away with USB3 external drives instead of internal drives and I think that may be the way I go next time because it would allow me to move my pictures between computers just by plugging a single USB cable. But USB connections can be finicky. So I haven't decided. I spent 6 years between builds last time, and still haven't moved everything over from my last beast (which has 6x2TB HDD), so have lots of time to figure it out. By then there's a chance it'll be SSD all the way. New beast is in a full tower and has room for 4 more drives, if I can find the right SATA card and if I can be bothered upgrading an old box when I need the space.

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          @syousef: You could alternatively buy HDDs bigger than 4TB.. they make them in 6, 8 and 10 TBs now.

          If your alternative is to use nvme SSD, you're likely only going to have 2 m.2 slots, and they are a lot more expensive than this WD Blue. We wouldn't even be having this discussion then, because there won't be a bargain to discuss.

          I would say yours is a fringe case. There are people in your situation, but you'd be the minority. For most of us, this is a good deal and losing 2 of 6 SATA slots isn't that big a deal. We don't use as much space as you do, and $300 for 1TB of fast storage is a good enough deal to warrant finding ways around your limitations (e.g. bigger HDDs, or use externals).

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          @lostn:

          Still don't know if I trust the larger SMR drives for long term storage. And price per GB is still best around 3-4TB mark at the moment.

          I'm happy to be a fringe case. But I wasn't always a mad amateur photographer. It pays to be aware of the fringe cases. It's not the only fringe case.

          • I'm a programmer by profession, so there's also Virtualbox images and large development software downloads to deal with.

          • And I'm right into science (Have an Astronomy Masters I got "for fun") so I like having large astronomy catalogs (boring data to most, but it works with star chart software). I haven't done it in a long while but I've occasionally downloaded science data (like Hubble data) just to have a play with it.

          • Less fringe is a huge video library. Most will probably download TV shows and movies. But it's amazing what you can download off the Internet free and legal. I have whole lecture series by several scientists. Khan Academy and Open Courseware. Lots of stuff I'll never get through but I love collecting.

          • And there's gaming. I use to say my Flight Simulation downloads take up a lot of room but these days a single game can eat as much disk. All very well to have your favourite 2 or 3 games on SSD if they fit but what about the rest?

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        I am a gamer and have tons of games over Steam/UPlay/Origin/GOG as well as a lot of dashcam and gameplay footage. I also do a lot of development and Microsoft coursework so have around 1tb of virtual machines and sdks.

        Atm I've got 3x 250GB SATA SSD, a 4TB HDD, a 6TB HDD and a 3TB HDD connected atm. I could add an NVME m.2 drive but not a SATA one.

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    I just placed an order for a 4tb HDD this afternoon, otherwise might grab this one.

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    Hhmm thinking of getting it and convert it into an external thumb drive ;)

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    Says 'doesn't ship to oz'? Urbancartel which seller are you choosing? Each one i select wont ship to me 😒

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      Weird. Are you actually in the Amazon US store?

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        Yeah, 2tb m2 is fine but perhaps 1tb is out of stock..

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          Ahhhh, it definitely said it would ship to Australia last night when I was working out whether or not to get the 1TB or 2TB M.2 SSD. I ended up getting the 2TB one, then later cancelling the purchase as I forgot to add in the M.2 USB case and then added both back into my cart. Shipping would have cost me an additional US5.xx otherwise. In this case it just increased by something like US$0.45.

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          @danielh: yeah just my luck they only ran out of 1tb m2. Oh well at least have a price threshold to aim for now πŸ™ƒ GL with your 2tb.

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    the WD drive Slow ?

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    Hnggg a month ago i wanted a 1tb m.2 sata, and they were all $380, while 2.5" were $320. Now this is $300 but i'm telling myself not to get it because it's slower than my existing 840 evo, which is 5 year old tech.

    (Also yes i know i won't be able to tell the difference, but… must… resist…)

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    This deal is back.

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    very slow speeds for a m2, Samsung one can do 3500 read this can just do 500

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    For the people watching this thread. I got the 2TB WD Blue NAND for US$486.19. It is currently US$499.00.

    Also, for those who plan to get one to swap out an older one, I'd recommend you also purchase at the same time a M2 NAND case to lower your overall delivery cost. I tack on my case was about an extra US$0.75. The postage for two separate items would be about US$5.00 x 2.

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    Price for the 1TB NAND show as US$229.99 now (plus US$5.41 delivery). Even cheaper again!

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