Currently looking for cheap ssds. Came across this and thought I might share with you guys.
Unless you’re in NSW and can pickup, Amazon would be cheaper at $141 delivered.
I would get the Black SN750 for an extra $33. It includes 1GB of DRAM.
Or the Kingston A2000 which is the same price as this and also has DRAM (I think).
Can I grab a link for this?
Free shipping $145
@CachePC: $137 on Amazon at moment
@xmail: I know it's not in the ozbargain spirit of things but I would probably support centrecom @ +$7 over amazon. Amazon is great and all but they are genuinely beginning to take a stranglehold over the Australian market.
This gets parroted on every one of these deals by people not actually understanding what they're saying. The SN550 has SRAM, which is faster than DRAM.
It has a few megabytes of SRAM built into the controller but it still has some of the downsides of a DRAM-less SSD.
This seems to be the best among DRAM-less SSD's.
If you believe benchmarks, the SN550 performs the same or markedly better than the A2000 in every measure other than sustained writes overs 60 seconds.
@ComfortablyNumb: I'm not too hot on Userbenchmark in particular (even if their SSD info may be accurate, their manipulation in regards to Intel bias is irredeemable IMO) but other reputable reviewers do find the SN550 performs better in some scenarios, and where DRAMless SSDs typically fall flat it does more than well enough for the average user.
There's not much difference in the end (difference in size of SLC cache is about the only thing a normal user would notice) but I doubt many of these people who choose the A2000 solely because of DRAM actually have workloads that will exhibit a difference… those people would not be looking at budget SSDs. If it were any other DRAMless drive, absolutely, take the drive with DRAM instead, but the data doesn't back up this idea that the SN550 is at a disadvantage vs other budget drives because of lack of DRAM. There's so much more to a drive than that, and while DRAM is always nice to have, the SN550 is proof that it's not essential outside of prosumer/enterprise use when they are able to design each component accordingly as they have here.
The SN550 tests better for general consumer workloads than the SN750, being tuned for optimal performance with general consumer workloads. The SN750 will absolutely be better with tougher workloads as is intended, but for general users buying it instead just because of DRAM… they're not gaining anything really. There is much more to a drive than whether it does or does not have DRAM.
As I understand it, the 'budget' range of NVMe, the WD SN550, Kingston A2000 and Crucial P1, none have D-Ram, but according the reviews I've read, the SN550 is the best out of the 3, Toms Hardware Review.
The Kingston A2000 has DRAM according to multiple reviews
Kingston A2000 has DRAM. The better of the bunch
Keep in mind performance is higher for higher storage capacities
Eg. Crucial P1 1TB will be faster than 500gb by some margin from memory
Both reviews say A2000 has DRAM
this or Crucial P2 3D NAND? anyone?