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Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s 1TB M.2 SSD $179.10 + Del, ASUS D515UA 15.6" FHD R7-5700U 16GB 512GB+1TB SSD Laptop $1149.30, +SC @ SE


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  • +2

    With Phison based chipset for PCIe gen 4 NVMe SSDs, you really want to aim for 2TB because those Phison chipsets generally are not well optimised for 1TB. Seagate 530 1TB "might" be one of the exceptions, but you still get better performance with 2TB.

    • +2

      Benches for 1tb vs 2tb. Some cases it's a good bit faster, otherwise very similar.


      • If you are expecting E18 beating Samsung 980 Pro and WD SN850 in benchmark apps consistently, then you really need to aim for 2TB ones.

        However, I guess at this price point, it is okay, especially if the usage is mostly reads. Thanks to Samsung changing NAND in latest 970 Evo Plus, at least this one now beats 970 Evo Plus in sustained write. That price is reasonable I guess as the 1TB version in real life usage generally fall slightly behind 980 Pro and SN850.

  • Hey OP, does the D515UA have Power Delivery or Displayport on the USB-C port? What version is the HDMI?

    Looking for something I can use on a 4[email protected] screen - HDMI 1.4 won't do. Power delivery makes it way easier as there's USB-C chargers everywhere.

    • No USB power delivery on USB-C port. It is a USB 3.2 gen 1 port (just a nicer way to indicate it is a USB 3.0 port) and there is no alt-mode support (no display out via that port possible). HDMI is 1.4 (so [email protected] max, assuming the embedded GPU supports it).

      • Thanks a lot, will keep on searching… not easy to find notebooks with 2.5" slots for hard drives (or 4TB cheap ssds… lol) :)

    • Can you shuck this??

      Edit: Ahh, USD - I was gonna say!!

      • You generally don't want to shuck a USB 3.2 gen 2 external SSDs because USB 3.2 gen 2 only supports up to PCIe gen 3 x2. The external SSD makers know this so they won't put good performance SSDs in these enclosures.

        • Okay that's fair, thanks!

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