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Old 13-08-19, 02:48 PM
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2TB M.2 NVMe Shootout - Intel 660P vs Corsair MP510



M.2 drives have grown tremendously in capacity and affordability and we take a look at two 2TB offerings from Intel and Corsair and how they compare to the Samsung 970.


2TB M.2 NVMe Shootout

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Old 13-08-19, 03:00 PM
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Nice comparo Tom! It would be nice to expand this in the future with more 2TB models as they arrive to market. A lot of us old dudes are chomping at the bit to have an all-NVME system (no more cables, WOOHOO). It would be awesome to see this testing expanded to include ADATA, WD, and maybe even some of the Chinesium cheapo brands (Sabrent, Silicon Power, etc). Lots of options for these things!
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Old 13-08-19, 03:21 PM
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I went for the 510 1TB use it as a games storage maybe not the best use case but loading times are fast Felt it was a decent deal at the time £140 I'm happy with it at least
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Old 13-08-19, 07:19 PM
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Had a friend ask me about building a PC the other day and i auto told him to get a small SSD for OS and a game or 2 and then bulk up with an HDD. This ideal seems to have gone out of trend as quickly as it came in with the prices on SSD's nowadays.
Good to see value starting to make a come back on here. In most cases, you dont need that extra horse power from the samsung and unless you are moving entire drives of volume you're talking seconds in the time difference. and if your talking load times for games i expect the games code itself and your other hardware to be more of a bottleneck than the difference in the speed of these drives.
Nice to see this though, comparisons between these sort of drives are rare and normally benched against sata drives.
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Old 13-08-19, 09:42 PM
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While you don't need an SSD for all games, it does help in specific ones. It also helps with installing speeds too as games get bigger they take longer to install, waiting an hour for your HDD to install a game is annoying vs a few minutes with a SSD
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Old 13-08-19, 10:11 PM
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That 660P looks great for the price, just seen some 1TB ones for less than £100 online from some etailers, very tempting atm
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Old 13-08-19, 11:02 PM
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That 660P looks great for the price, just seen some 1TB ones for less than £100 online from some etailers, very tempting atm
I've got one of those and I can only recommend, haven't had the cache run out in my use.
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Old 14-08-19, 12:32 PM
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While you don't need an SSD for all games, it does help in specific ones. It also helps with installing speeds too as games get bigger they take longer to install, waiting an hour for your HDD to install a game is annoying vs a few minutes with a SSD
Yes that is true NBD however don't forget that most games people buy today are digital rather then physical. So that as a factor is only relevant on a physical game purchase

Of course it really depends on how many items you are installing and what you are storing on the "storage" drive(s). Me? I've got a few games that I saw no difference in loading speed on the HDDs and a lot of pictures / movies / gopro recordings / etc on the HDD as well as every program I can install on it - if the SSD has to get reformatted or windows reinstalled I don't have to install any of the programs again.

That is something I can't recommend enough for people to do. Don't store programs on the OS SSD. Store them on a second SSD or HDD and that way if you reinstall your OS you don't lose any of those programs and have to reinstall them as well. All you have to do is change the file path for where pictures / videos / music / documents is stored (on the storage SSD / HDD) and boom done :P. Steam and such programs will also need to know the location again but its 10 minutes of work total vs reinstalling every program (like ms office / adobe / steam / origin / etc etc) again.
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Old 14-08-19, 12:51 PM
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Of course it really depends on how many items you are installing and what you are storing on the "storage" drive(s). Me? I've got a few games that I saw no difference in loading speed on the HDDs and a lot of pictures / movies / gopro recordings / etc on the HDD as well as every program I can install on it - if the SSD has to get reformatted or windows reinstalled I don't have to install any of the programs again.

That is something I can't recommend enough for people to do. Don't store programs on the OS SSD. Store them on a second SSD or HDD and that way if you reinstall your OS you don't lose any of those programs and have to reinstall them as well. All you have to do is change the file path for where pictures / videos / music / documents is stored (on the storage SSD / HDD) and boom done :P. Steam and such programs will also need to know the location again but its 10 minutes of work total vs reinstalling every program (like ms office / adobe / steam / origin / etc etc) again.
If you don't mind partitioning your drive(Quite easy to do but can get fiddly if you have multiple OS installs) then that's a good way to get this benefit with a single drive, I do it when setting up any friends/family PCs just in case they mess things up and need a reinstall.
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Old 14-08-19, 01:36 PM
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It would be awesome to see this testing expanded to include ADATA, WD, and maybe even some of the Chinesium cheapo brands (Sabrent, Silicon Power, etc). Lots of options for these things!

Its actually pretty difficult to get samples of the big drives. 1TB is hard enough but most of the big brands dont want to know about 2TB. Took a lot of effort to get these from Intel and Corsair tbh
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