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Great price for a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD, especially if you have Prime for the free shipping, otherwise add about $8 for delivery.
Speed vs Samsung 970 Evo Plus?
Crucial is much slower (especially once you start filling up the drive and passing the cache limits during transfers) and QLC based.
The best 1TB drives you can get for <$200 with comparable speed here in Australia is the Silicon Power drives for $195 (https://www.amazon.com.au/Silicon-Power-Gen3x4-000MB-SU001TB...)
CrystalDisk bench of the Silicon Power drive: https://i.imgur.com/GZ7qaCj.png
In the USA, there's a lot more of the Silicon Power NVMe SSD variants with the Phison controller+Toshiba TLC NAND (Inland/Team/MyDigitalSSD/Sabrent/Gigabyte/Corsair/Seagate/PNY) with similar prices.
970 EVO Plus is a faster, more reliable SSD, however, this Crucial P1 3D NVME will be super fast and reliable for the vast majority of user needs.
The SLC cache on the drive is super fast, and large at 100GB. In fact the SLC on that is so fast that in some circumstances it'll write faster than the 970 EVO. So when writing in chunks of 100GB or less, it'll write the data extremely quickly, and the drive will then transfer it to the QLC in the background. Problem is that the QLC storage is slower that the 970 EVO in reading data, the latency is higher than most SSDs and if you write more than 100GB at one time you'll encounter the QLC write speeds, which are 160MB/s.
The 970 EVO Plus uses TLC instead of QLC, which is faster and more reliable, however the SLC cache on the 970 EVO is smaller than the Crucial P1, so that is why performance on the Crucial P1 can be faster in some circumstances as the SLC is the fastest of mainstream SSD storage mediums.
What about compared to Samsung 960 models?
Pretty much the same story, Samsung 960 is faster except when writing to the SLC, where the Crucial P1 is marginally faster. But writing to the QLC, reading from the QLC, the 960 is faster. Though while the 960 EVOs have only 3 years of warranty, they claim the drive has 4x the write endurance.
3 times the speed of sata on writes and 5 year warranty …..and 1tb pcie for under $200 delivered ….not bad.
4x the read speed too, which will be a bigger factor for lots of stuff
Noob question but would something like this fit a Dell XPS 13 9370?
I don't think so , was there an option to choose M.2 storage when you built XPS 13?
If not laptop won't be having M.2 Slot.
will wait for OZB experts
Yes you definitely can. I replaced mine last week.
Here's a guide:
Surely you'd wait and go for a Samsung Evo on sale at a similar price one instead of a Crucial one. My Crucial SSD failed after only about 2 years of light use. Would not trust the brand again.