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Seagate 1TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X and S $298 + $5.90 Delivery @ Mighty Ape

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Not the cheapest it's been, but still a decent price, spotted while looking at other items in Mighty Ape's stocktake sale until March 30 or while stocks last.

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  • +1 vote

    That's a lot of money for a 1tb drive, Kemosabe.

    • +7 votes

      only if you don't have any understanding of what it is, its a common complaint by people that don't appreciate what it is - speed and tech aside, its also a custom connection for the Xbox X|S… but I'm not here to try and convince anyone, I didn't buy one as my internet is more than fast enough to just delete and redownload when needed… but its a good deal for what it is and one of the best prices its ever been available for

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        It's basically CFastExpress interface. The SSD inside is PCIe 3.0 x4 class SSD and not one of those top notch ones. If Series X's internal SSD is any guideline, it is DRAMless and slightly below WD Blue NVMe SN550 (Series X's internal SSD is SN530). SN550 1TB RRP is around $140 so this is basically double the price.

        So no, from a tech point of view, this doesn't make sense. However, if you are an early adopter (and/or have multiple Series X, S consoles), then it is understandable you would buy one now. Sure, you could buy the Microsoft / WD's marketing hype that SN530 supports PCIe 4.0 (but the reality is it is x2 mode which is the same as PCIe 3.0 x4) the SSD is designed for PCIe 3.0 x4 anyway.

        • +1 vote

          As for the console's SSD spec, you're forgetting this is a console with a $749 price point and not a gaming PC. They have to factor in design, manufacturing and total component cost of the product.

          As we've seen from the finished product, the Series X has very fast load / transfer times and the SSD is more than adequate.

          • +2 votes

            @fireforce: Doesn't make the hardware special though, which is what they are explaining. Anyone seliing an SSD has to factor in design, manufacturing and total component cost, in fact all hardware manufacturer's do, it isn't special.

      • +1 vote

        So we are supposed to be happy to pay more for proprietary interface technology as if it is a good thing?

        There are faster SSDs out there that cost less, such as the 970 Evo Plus, and the XBox fast data transfer technologies are API based (DirectStorage) and will be coming to Windows PC's this year, so there is no addtional hardware inside this unit.

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        Never heard of a more stupid argument - pay up and embrace proprietary tech.

  • +4 votes

    I got one last week from The Good Guys eBay deal. Its lightning fast when transferring games and there are no down sides apart from maybe the price lol. It's on the same level as a PCIe 4.0 SSD.

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      It's not… The SSD is basically PCIe 3.0 x4 (or if you really must insist… it could support PCIe 4.0 @ x2 mode - which basically has the same bandwidth as PCIe 3.0 x4). It's the same for the internal SSD in Series X.

      The PS5 SSD is PCIe 4.0 x4 like, but it doesn't use the entire bandwidth. That said, it has more priority levels compared to NVMe… so an equivalent NVMe SSD needs to be faster in order for PS5 to emulate those priority levels.

      Don't get me wrong, it is something that I will probably have to get eventually (I have a series X). However, given that it is really a PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, I do wish the price will come down quicker (unlikely to happen though).

      • +2 votes

        does anyone remember how expensive xbox 360 hard drives were? I remember… haha…

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        It's actually custom PCIe Gen4 x2. It's using a Phison PCIe 4.0 controller. More details in this tear down.

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        It's pretty impressive though how it's designed to dissipate heat via the Series X top vent. Also, it's apparently faster than you think.

  • +2 votes

    If I can get this for $225, should I get on it and buy it?

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      From where?

    • +4 votes

      No, why would you do that? Buy it for $298 + $5.90 delivery.

    • +3 votes

      With Telstra points I only paid $150 for mine.

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        going to go down this route when I get a few more points

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      for that price I'd actually buy it, so care to share?

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        Current accumulation of Telstra points + money

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          Oh so not really a deal with the masses :(

    • -3 votes

      Sure, why not.. it's your money, not mine.

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    Picked one up, thanks to OP for posting the offer up

    Given I do a lot of sim racing not having the USB ports tied up with external drives is another benefit for me in terms of having extra storage capacity