[eBay Plus] Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" SSD - 500GB $97.75, 1TB $173.40 ($80.75/$151.40 after $17/$22 Cashback) Posted @ Wireless1 eBay

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500GB - $80.75 (With $17 Samsung cashback)

1TB - $151.40 (With $22 Samsung cashback)

Another Samsung 860 EVO SSD deal.

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Promotional Period
Start time and date : 9:00 AM, Thursday, 18 April 2019
End time and date : 11:59 PM, Wednesday, 31 August 2019

Redemption Period
Start time and date : 9:00 AM, Wednesday, 1 May 2019
End time and date : 11:59 PM, Wednesday, 28 September 2019

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  • +2 votes

    Isn't this only available to eBay Plus subscribers?

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    So these fit in the SSHD spot of laptops?

  • +1 vote

    Tempting but got so many M.2's so must resist.

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      I'm in this predicament as I now have 3 m.2 NVMe SSDs… and need to find a motherboard which also leaves me room for expansion.

      (yes I'm aware of PCIe to m.2 adaptors but these seem to require x4 slots and are 1 m.2 drive for 1 slot, in which case the motherboards I checked only had one or two spots anyway which means limited expansion still!)

  • +3 votes

    Great price, I wish the M.2. variants were similarly priced.

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    Great price! What a bargain!

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    Anyone have recommendations on enclosures that enable the SSD to run at full speeds? I have a 1TB 860EVO with a $15 Orico Type-C enclosure, but have only gotten 30MB/s sequential even with an Anker USB 3.2 Cable. I think its the enclosure which is bottlenecking, even though it seems to be the choice for many OzBargainers. A little disappointing so far as I have been expecting 500MB/s.

    • +1 vote

      It's definitely your enclosure - but I think that's the challenge. I've bought cheap m.2 adaptors and had horrible experiences. Unfortunately I don't have any recommendations since I've only bought the <$30 variety for STA and NVMe drives, and regretted them each time :(

      (ps. I had an 860 Evo before and definitely got far better results, and I've also got a Samsung T3 external SSD which also got circa 500 too)

    • +4 votes

      Something is wrong with your setup. My guess is that you plugged your USB-C enclosure or the USB 3.2 cable to the wrong port (a port that supports only USB 2). Bear in mind USB 2, USB 3.1/3.2 gen 1, USB 3.1/3.2 gen 2 ports generally have different colour.

      I normally use USB 3.1 gen 1 cable/enclosure for SATA SSDs. Also, generally, I normally use cheap SATA SSDs with those. 860 EVO, to me, is an SSD I would put in a desktop or laptop (rather than use it as a portable). Fix your setup first. Your enclosure and cable should perform much faster than what you are observing. Also, do the test by copying large files.

      A few minor pointers:

      • Don't use long USB 3.1/3.2 gen 2 cables. Use the one included with the enclosure. There is a reason why most branded enclosures come with a thick and short USB 3.1 cable.
      • Don't use cheap USB 3.1 extension cables (actually, don't buy those). In general, avoid USB 3 extension cables unless they are ones included with the enclosure.
      • If you have a branded USB 3 enclosure, use the cable provided by that branded enclosure to test.
      • Run a short speed test using Crystal DiskMark, if your USB 3 enclosure is behaving like USB 2, disconnect and use a different port.

      Basically, a lot of USB 3.1 cables (esp. cheap ones) are rubbish. I wouldn't trust Anker for USB 3.1/3.2 gen 2. They have stuffed up some of their USB 3.1 gen2 USB-C cables in the past. Their power adapters might be good, cables…. there is a bit of lottery with Anker cables… Anyway, stick with original cables.

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        I've always thought Anker cables to be of above-average quality, so definitely will take note of that in the future.
        In hindsight, a portable drive would have been more practical, but I was looking for a budget setup so I guess these issues inherently come with that choice.

        What sort of enclosure are you using to get max-speeds on your SATA SSDs?

        Cheers for the pointers, much appreciated

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          Anker put in some effort in their power adapters. However, with cables, I am not convinced they actually designed them. The issue with USB 3.1 (starting with gen1) cable is that unlike USB 2.0, the quality really matters. Third party USB 3.1 gen 2 cables are a mess. Not only you need to do research, you also need to hope the cables you ended up getting belong to the same batch reviewed by the reviewer(s).

          Realistically, there isn't any great value for money USB 3.1 gen 2 cables. A small number of okay ones, but with compromises. The good ones really do cost more.

          Enclosures, cheap ones really just come down to the chipset used. JMS583 is okay. Orico enclosures are pure lottery. I bought multiple of those (at 4 different times): 4 different chipsets used, ranging for okay to below average. It's not worth over-spending on USB 3 enclosures. If you go for USB 3.1 gen 1, the feature you want is TRIM over USB support. USB 3.1 gen 2 chipsets should all have that. Realistically, we would normally use TLC based SATA SSDs in the enclosure and those TLC SSDs tend to have sustained writes at around 350MB/s (for the good ones).

          If you really want fast speed USB 3.1 gen 2, consider getting a m.2 NVMe to USB 3.1 gen 2 enclosure. The bottleneck will be USB 3.1 gen 2, but you will get sequential read/write that blows away T5.

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      Why not just buy a Samsung T5 drive?

      • +2 votes
        1. Price. Even at a discount, $/GB isn't worth it.
        2. Performance - while it is better than most of the other USB 3.1/3.2 gen 2 portable SSDs, it doesn't max out USB 3.1 gen2. The reason is the SSD inside is just a SATA3 SSD and the random read/write isn't great (inferior than 860 EVO). So, basically, you get a portable SSD optimised for sequential read/write. Most people get hyped up with those values and it is somewhat understandable because people normally use portable drives to copy data).

        It's a nice toy, but it is mainly popular due to lack of competition and most people just look at the sequential read/write performance.

        • +1 vote

          Price. Even at a discount, $/GB isn't worth it.

          I would disagree, as the paying the additional $20-30 (on average/after discount) is worth it for the convenience, form factor, and reliability (for me).

          • -1 vote

            @Lorindor: A 500gb T5 is $140, while you can get a 500gb external ssd and enclosure for $85. Saving $55 is worth it imo

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              @3liminate: If you're happy to sacrifice the things I listed in my above comment for $55, then sure. I however, was not.

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                @Lorindor: It's only slightly smaller. I don't get how it's more convenient either. Both are plug and play.

                Reliability claims are anecdotal for you.

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                  @lostn: Slightly? It's less than half the size of a traditional 2.5" enclosure.

                  It's convenient because it's plug & play, and smaller of course.

                  It's reliable because there are no performance issues, compared to that of an enclosure (see OP's comment).

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                    @Lorindor: For me, I just use a SATA to USB cable so I can use pretty much any SATA SSD I want to connect to PC, laptop, Mac, NUC, etc… So this T5 "convenience" is somewhat questionable. The advantage of SSD is no moving parts.

                    $140-$155 is my price range for 1TB SSD (and I'm referring to 860 EVO and Crucial MX500) - thanks to OZB deals. T5's warranty is 3 years, compared to this, which is 5 years.

                    T5 is stylish and nice. I do question the performance though, as a USB 3.1 gen 2 device, I would rather Samsung put in a NVMe SSD in T5. Also, for people with devices having Thunderbolt 3 port(s) (i.e. Macbook Pro's, 7th gen or better NUCs), USB 3.1 gen 2 at a speed that's close to SATA3 just doesn't feel that impressive.

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                      @netsurfer: Question it all you like, it's form factor is convenient to me, and I would imagine it's ease of use would be convenient to others.

                      Sure, you can just wack the cheapest SSD in an enclosure and call it a day, but to some it's more important (and just nice) to have something that always works and is functional.

                      Ask yourself, do you really notice those few seconds quicker speeds of the current generation over it's predecessor?

                      • -1 vote

                        @Lorindor:

                        Question it all you like, it's form factor is convenient to me, and I would imagine it's ease of use would be convenient to others.

                        I've never found enclosures difficult to use.

                        Form factor makes no difference to my use. They will both go into the same pocket in my laptop case, irrespective of size.

                        On the other hand, a fast USB stick is even smaller and more convenient than the T5. Speed will be a little bit slower, but I'd be willing to trade off for its form factor.

                        Sure, you can just wack the cheapest SSD in an enclosure and call it a day, but to some it's more important (and just nice) to have something that always works and is functional.

                        They've always worked for me.

                        Ask yourself, do you really notice those few seconds quicker speeds of the current generation over it's predecessor?

                        Probably not. Both would be bottlenecked by whatever drive you are connecting it to.

                        But the added cost for what I perceive to be marginal gain (size only) I can't justify. If size and "ease of use" is the most important thing, go a step further and get a fast USB 3 flash drive.

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                        @Lorindor: The issue he is having is cable related. Even with T5, if I were to use a cheap USB 3.1 gen1 or gen2 cable or cheap extension cable, T5 will still have issues. I've tested this. It might be much less likely for someone with T5 to use an alternative cable. Now, with my experience on Samsung original cables, they are generally good, but even some of them do cut corners a bit.

                        My experience with Samsung SSDs is mixed to be honest. I've had multiple Samsung SSDs died before. They all just died suddenly. Some Samsung SSD models are pretty shocking. That said, I think T5 is one of the good ones.

                        do you really notice those few seconds quicker speeds

                        That's also my original point. Do you really need a smaller/slimmer SATA3 external SSD and pay the premium? T5 is an overkill for most people. I generally put decent SSDs inside a laptop, desktop or a NUC. There are cheaper $/GB SSD options.

                        I can understand why some many people like T5, but the fact remains that most of us tend to OVERSPEND on SSDs.

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                          @netsurfer:

                          Do you really need a smaller/slimmer SATA3 external SSD and pay the premium?

                          No one needs a smaller form factor, much like no one needs the fastest possible speeds out of an external SSD, but it's great to have, and believe it or not some are willing to pay the premium for that, and the reliability of a plug and play solution.

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                            @Lorindor: I understand some people are willing pay for that. Obviously, for example, if you have MBP, the cost of T5 is not an issue.

                            However, it doesn't change the fact that deep down, it is not a good use of USB 3.1 gen 2 and you are paying a premium for it. I does feel like a compromise due to lack of choices.

                            I have a dirt cheap NVMe PCIe 2X SSD which can blow that T5 apart in USB 3.1 gen 2. Things changed. It is now 2019 so the recommendation has changed.

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                              @netsurfer: I don't currently own any premium laptop, but I own a couple of T5s and the assure you the cost was no issue.

                              For me, the sacrifice of marginal speed differences, as well as the ability to swap out SSDs willy nilly (honestly, how often does one really need to do this?) was worth it for the points listed above.

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                    @Lorindor:

                    Slightly? It's less than half the size of a traditional 2.5" enclosure.

                    Already very small, so anything smaller is slightly smaller. Half of something big is small. Half of something already small, is not that much smaller.

                    It's convenient because it's plug & play, and smaller of course.

                    Both are plug and play.

                    It's reliable because there are no performance issues, compared to that of an enclosure (see OP's comment).

                    I've never had any issues.

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                      @lostn:

                      Already very small,

                      Yeah, but you can go more than half the size even smaller (that's > 50%)!

                      Fifty percent of anything isn't a small margin, it's quite significant actually. Significant enough that some people pay more for it.

                      Both are plug and play.

                      One requires assembly and research on what SSD to chose.

                      I've never had any issues.

                      Luckily I was suggesting it to the OP, and not you.

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                        @Lorindor:

                        Fifty percent of anything isn't a small margin,

                        Halving a meter is a 50cm reduction. Halving a cm is a 0.5cm reduction.

                        It's for each person to decide whether halving is significant. For me it isn't. They both fit comfortably in the same zipped compartment in my laptop case. Having a smaller drive will not reduce the size of the case I carry. It's literally irrelevant. Unless the desk you are placing it on is big enough to fit the T5 but not big enough to fit the enclosure.

                        One requires assembly and research on what SSD to chose.

                        Literally takes a minute to install with a screwdriver. Some designs don't even require a screwdriver. And it's a one time installation. Research is.. any SATA3 SSD 2.5" drive including this one. They'll all be at around the same speed. Just pick the brand you like or one at the price you are comfortable with.

                        Luckily I was suggesting it to the OP, and not you.

                        The OP was posting deals for everyone, including me, not just himself or he'd keep it to himself. Any information not relevant to him is still relevant to everyone else.

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                          @lostn:

                          Halving a meter is a 50cm reduction. Halving a cm is a 0.5cm reduction.

                          That's some nice math, although an SSD enclosure is neither a meter nor a centimeter in size, so I'm not sure if it suits your argument.

                          he OP was posting deals for everyone, including me, not just himself or he'd keep it to himself. Any information not relevant to him is still relevant to everyone else.

                          I was referring to the OP of this comment thread, who was asking about a solution to the problem with their SSD enclosure, in which I provided.

                          I'm glad that you have no issue with technology, but what you find simple is not a one-stop shop for everybody else, and you cannot put a price on the things that are important to others.

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    I just need a deal on nvme so I can upgrade my 250 GB laptops and 1tb nvme do I can upgrade desktop to nvme ….

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    Really good price these days on SSD
    probably one reason is because people are more after M2 nvme than Sata3 SSD

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      Pretty much. Same with RAM pricing, 3Ghz and 3.2Ghz RAM is quite cheap as 3.6Ghz is now the what gamers are wanting with Zen2 CPUs

  • +3 votes

    Has anyone actually got the $17 rebate? I put in a claim for two about a month ago…..?

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      Called them up they said can take up to 28 days to get rebate even after it gets accepted. Quite a shitty long wait and i nthe end if you forget to check they might pull a fast one over ya and never pay you.

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        Yeah mine were placed on the 9th and the 11th of July so way over the 28 days. Sent them and email and was assured it would turn up 'eventually'. :)

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    is this the cheapest ever for 1TB?

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      No Cheapest was $10 less then this price, still a great price. (only with cashback, after cashback ends then getting down bellow 170 is going to be very hard.

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    Trying to login the redemption website, shows "Invalid username or password"

    WHAT ??
    I'm 100% sure that both username and password are correct.

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      I ran into that so many times. Make sure you're on the Australian site (the domain and some of the emails sometimes send you to an Indonesian page). If you trust me enough, the link should be https://samsung-redemption.com/au (rather than /id). Also remember the username =/= email. Ironically even if you forget your username/password, I don't think it ever emails you it so if you forgot it too bad. Even the initial welcome email only has your email address.

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        I knew the username is not the email.

        however, I figured out why I can't login my account with correct username and password.

        the problem was the password,

        my password was too complicated, (and may has some illegal character in it.),
        but this website doesn't tell you, like 'you can't use this password" or etc.

        OMG,

        it's not a bug, it's a feature - Programmer from Samsung.

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    Cheers picked one up for the PS4

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    Dam son the 500 is 250 prices

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    I reckon, maybe, the Samsung EVO860 (500GB) is arguably a slightly better SSD than the Crucial MX500 (500GB), but for $76 delivered, the Crucial currently works out slightly cheaper and I don't have to jump thru any Samsung hoops. Have used both SSD's before and both are fine so far.