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One of the best NVMe SSDs available
November 5, 2016
One of the best NVMe SSDs available.
- MLC NAND flash memory. It's much more durable for the intensive use, than Samsung V-NAND or Micron 3D NAND. In real life experience, I have number of Intel and OCZ MLC drives, which have petabytes of data written to them, and still working flawlessly. While 2 first Samsung EVO (TLC) drives are almost dead already.
- Faster than previos leader - Samsung 950 Pro, with exception of very rare (yet) new Samsung 960 Pro, which promise 3200/2000 MB/s R/W speeds :)
- Thermal control. 950 Pro may heat up to 105 degrees C, while this one starts thermal throttling at approx. 70 degrees.
- Single-sided 512 GB model is best for cooling, and best with performance.
- PCIe adapter for RD400 is overpriced, as it does not provide necessary cooling (provided small piece of thermal pad is just a joke). Highly recommended to use PCIe->M2 adapter with heatsink, like Sintech one (ASIN B00QZ0WMK0) or buy any chinese PCIe-NVMe adapter (cheap as dirt - 3-5$) and use DIY heatsink.
- Beware of on-board M2 sockets - to get maximum speed from the drive, these must be Gen.3 - 32Gbps (PCIe gen 3 x4). Some mobo vendors provides only 10Gbps M2 sockets, connected to PCH, rather than CPU's PCIe. Especially that true for systems, designed for CPUs with 16x PCIe lanes (all middle and low-end Intel Core CPUs). And even for Socket 2011 v3 CPUs, which are able to support up to 40 PCIe lanes, motherboard may not have all of them available via PCIe slots. I would always recommend to use E5-1600 series instead of Core i7 (better feature/price balance, capable for ECC RAM - critical for workstations).
- There is a better option now - Samsung 960 Pro, but... These are announced but I never seen it in shops. The only seller at Amazon have these "out of stock", so looks like there are some problems with first of these new ultra-fast V-NAND SSDs... Hope, not like with smartphones from same vendor ;)