- Jan 14, 2012
I have had a lot of really good luck with the M.2 Drives from Inland (Microcenter). Just stay away from the QLC drives of any brand name. Durability is absolutely dismal. Often times QLC will be rated around 100 TBW. That's garbage tier.In mostly all categories ?
I have killed anything under 300TBW in frequent usage in a Year's time. Though I have seen arguments that you can't do that. The Drives just don't hold up to even their 300 TBW ratings.
Inland Drives were originally rated around 1600 TBW for the 1TB m.2 PCI-E 3.0 & 4.0 (slower 4,000-5,000 Meg / sec drives) units and more like 800 for the 7,000 Meg Sec 4.0 units. 2 TB drives typically doubled those TBW ratings.
However, recent Microcenter literature has slashed the TWB values of their drives to something like 600/1200 which is still almost double most other competitors.
The Samsung PROs are always a good choice but pricey and there are a number of other users on here that have great sugeestions.
I have the Inland 1 TB 3.0 Drives, 2 TB 4.0 Drives and one Samsung 970 Pro in active use. All have taken a beating and the 3.0 drives have been in service for 2-3 years with no issues.
I had an Early WD Black that is failing already after light usage (700 M/s)
Traditional SATA SSD's and even the M Key variants just don't have good ratings. You have to hunt for the ones that have good durability. Almost none of those will have a durability above 300.
I use the durability rating as a guideline to give me an idea how long the drives may stay in service. In practice I suppose it's going to come down to individual use cases and how much you hammer these things.
No matter what you have, I always recommend offloading the Swap File (if you still use one) to another drive so it's not beating the shit out of a slice of the memory sectors constantly.