SAngeli

New SSD [PCIe M.2 NVMe] for PC built

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Hi,
I am assembling a new workstation for streaming live video content on the Internet (no games) and am stuck with which SSD to purchase.
I need a 250GB (not bigger size) disk and have a budget of no more than €180.
I wish it to be with PCIe Gen. 3.0 x4 NVMe (if possibile) and I do not need storage performance but read spead performance, load programs fast......
 
Here is my hardware:
MOBO: Asus ASUS X99-A II
CPU: Intel I7-6800K (LGA2011-V3)
RAM: Corsair Kit 16GB Vengeance LPX [CMK16GX4M4A2400C14B]
GPU: GigaByte GV-N105TG1 GAMING-4GD
CASE: Fractal Design - Define R5 Black
... ... ...
 
I read some reviews on the Internet and what I learned is that TLC is slower than MLC NAND, that some SSD perform poor after few secs of data transfer dropping the write speed......

This is what I had in mind
Inteface: PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 NMVe
OCZ (RVD400-M22280-256G) M.2 256Gb [PCIe] = €183
WD (WDS256G1X0C) Black M.2 256GB [PCIe Gen3] = €145
CORSAIR (CSSD-F240GBMP500) Force MP 500 [PCIe] = €158
 
SATA-3 Interface
CRUCIAL (CT275MX300SSD1) MX300 275GB [SATA] = €92
SanDisk (SDSSDHII-240G-G25) Ultra II 240GB [SATA] = €90
 
I read that WD Black seems to be a low budget SSD and is not souch a great choiche. OCZ seems to be really interesting and quite a  decent purchase/compromize. Corsair is interesting too (I like the fact that has NLC NAND but only offers 3 years warranty).
 
What to do? I wish to avoid, if I can, to install an internal SATA SSD with all cables...
I was also told that for daily usage (not gaming or storage work) I will NOT notice any difference between a Sata or a PCIe. If this is 100% true then I guess the best would be to still stick with PCIe (I do not need more than 250GB).

Thank you....

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The average user, even a power user, won't notice the difference between PCI-e and SATA SSD's. I'd save your money and buy whatever's the best value you can find for the size you need. Sandisk X400, Crucial MX300, whatever... you can buy 'em in M.2 form factor so not sure why you're worried about cables?

(M.2 form factor supports both PCI-e and SATA, just need to see what your motherboard supports- very likely it's both PCI-e and SATA)

 

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d I do not need storage performance but read spead performance, load programs fast......

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what I learned is that TLC is slower than MLC NAND, that some SSD perform poor after few secs of data transfer dropping the write speed......

If you don't care about write performance then why worry about it? Also a good TLC NAND equipped SSD under even most power users' workload is not likely to exhaust its pseudo-SLC cache, and hence you will never notice the performance drop because you won't ever get that far. If you're reading benchmarks at Anandtech or Storagereview or whatnot where they do show the performance hit, well, it's true, but how often are you ever going to push that many sustained I/Os? :D

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Hi and many thanks for your reply.

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The average user, even a power user, won't notice the difference between PCI-e and SATA SSD's. I'd save your money and buy whatever's the best value you can find for the size you need. Sandisk X400, Crucial MX300, whatever... you can buy 'em in M.2 form factor so not sure why you're worried about cables?

the cost of the PCIe SSD was already in the budget and have sufficient funds for covering up to €180 (+/-) expense. Cable is not an issue but if I can avoid passing two extra cable I am happier (personal preference that has no impact on final decision). I was just saying...

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(M.2 form factor supports both PCI-e and SATA, just need to see what your motherboard supports- very likely it's both PCI-e and SATA)

The chosen Asus X99-A II motherboard has 1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Support PCIE SSD only). So, no Sata Interface here available.

I tried to further document myself on the Internet and learned that PCIe is more geared toward projects involving handling of large data files and video editing where read/write is very frequent. For the rest is mostly identical, in response time, to a regular SSD.

This new PC assembly has a decent GPU and CPU with already sufficient RAM. At present time it serves the use of live streaming but I am certain that sooner or later I will end up doing some video editing or graphic editing: this is my perception.

This is my concluding thoughts: if I have to spend around €100 (+/-) for purchasing a decent SSD (I like Crucial MX300 despite that TLS NAND) or even a SanDisk why not spending a little extra money and get something that would at least equal current SSD preference but preserve me future enhancements? I would have agreed that between €100 and €400 (for a real good SSD PCIe NVMe) there is a huge gap but for only €81 more I am sure I will end up having invested my money in an SSD that will allow heterogeneous projects for this workstation.

I am also happy to notice that even Microsoft is using this PCIe SSD (under the brand name of Toshiba - but identical to this OCZ) for their Surface 4.

So, OCZ (RVD400-M22280-256G) M.2 256GB"  is what I believe the prefferred decision to take.

I am sure to have done not only a valid choice but also followed a valid thinking.

I hope this thread will be useful to those users who might have the same/similar question.

Thank you for your support...

 

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