Hot! - Inland 1TB NVMe Premium $107.99 Microcenter

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  1. ir0nw0lf

    ir0nw0lf [H]ardness Supreme

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    Damn, I felt bad last week for stopping at the local Dunkin' and getting a thin mint iced coffee and a 10-pack of Munchkins and not getting charged for the Munchkins at all! :pCongrats on a free SSD.
     
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  2. Hawk Hardcase

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    Just a reminder to those of you running to a Micro Center to pick this baby up, remember that you want the one labeled Inland Premium where the speeds are labeled in two gold boxes.

    They also sell an older Phison E8-based Inland Professional in identical packaging where the speeds are labeled in two blue boxes. You don't want that one, especially since the speeds are nearly half that of the good one.
     
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  3. eclypse

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    Well honestly I might of bought it from Amazon or newegg and put it in the bag to carry in the basement with the rest of it and forgot.

    Be really tuff to go back in there and prove I just gave them a drive I bought somewhere else with 0 reciept from microcenter for the return.

    Just checked and did not buy it elsewhere.

    I also even debated buying a 2nd inland drive since of course they now have 10+ in the store.. dont know if I can get away with running 2 m.2 drives on the asus maximus XI formula z390 along with a graphics card and external usb card and sound card.
     
  4. CruisD64

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    Score!
     
  5. ShafTDawG

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    For some reason, the link takes me to the Inland "Professional" series, and the 1TB "Premium" drive doesn't pop up when you search for it, only the 512 and 256 GB versions...
     
  6. Furious_Styles

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    Thanks for this post, made me laugh. Especially this bit:
    • MARS can also be used as a normal desktop fan to cool yourself when gaming intensifies. The provided 2.5mm USB connector can transfer the power voltage from 5V to 12V, and hosts a switch for easier and convenient operation while using it outside of your chassis.
     
  7. Psychonic

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    If you look at the pictures attached to the OPs post, you will see the screenshot of the product page. The product page does say Professional, not Premium. $134 is a smoking deal.
     
  8. jmilcher

    jmilcher [H]ardness Supreme

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    If anyone is wondering I bought the SP amazon brand. Numbers match almost exactly what was posted in this thread.

    I paid about $162 for it but had it in a day, and could return it easier since I don’t live next to a MC. Not a bad deal at all.
     
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  9. dobieg2002

    dobieg2002 Limp Gawd

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    I just picked one up in Columbus for $135. Hopefully it is reliable as well as fast.
     
  10. Nenu

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    I've been searching for days for other models with the Phison E12 in the UK (there are no cheap versions here), comparing to the 970 EVO plus and got very close this evening to buying a 1TB that came with free Division 2.
    Then it dawned on me for the same money I can pick up an 8TB+ hard drive and make my back up procedure substantially easier/faster.
    And benchmarks for OS / game load times on these new 1TB drives arent hugely better than my SATA 850 EVO so sadly I've decided to not go the M.2 route yet.
    Its been fun reading though, perhaps next year :)
     
  11. Bankie

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    The Cincy Microcenter finally received stock so I picked one up last night. Won't get a chance to install and test it until the weekend though since I have to remove the motherboard just to get to the m.2 slot.
     
  12. Hulk

    Hulk [H]ardness Supreme

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    So with the new bios upgrade this motherboard now supports NVME installation.



    I want to buy these two items:

    QNINE NVME Adapter PCIe x16 with Heat Sink, M.2 SSD Key M to PCI Express Expansion Card, Support PCIe x4 x8 x16

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F9RBP5...olid=1SYDWH66RTUXX&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it


    Inland Professional 1TB 3D NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive

    https://www.microcenter.com/product...80-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive






    I have some questions:


    1) Is the above SSD "M-key"? The adapter I listed above only works with M-key SSDs.


    2) Here is the link to my motherboard:

    https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87 Extreme4/#BIOS


    The description states it has: 3 PCIe 3.0 x 16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x 1


    So my question is just how many of the above adapters and NVME SSDs can I install?

    I have a XFX R9-FURY-4QFA RADEON R9 FURY X 4GB HBM GPU installed which I believe takes up only 1 PCI slot.

    It would be really neat if I could install 2 or maybe even 3 NVMEs with the adapter since they are so much faster than SATA SSDs.
     
  13. Jim Kim

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    The Mailman just delivered mine.

    It is an M-Key (length 2280). https://www.atpinc.com/blog/what-is-m.2-M-B-BM-key-socket-3

    Since your mb does not have a native nvme m.2 slot, the manual does not do a decent breakdown of what you can put where. By decent I mean "easy for my dumb ass" to understand.
    You are going to have to delve into it to get a better understanding https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87 Extreme4/#Manual
     
  14. Psychonic

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  16. Psychonic

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    Looks like you could potentially use 2 of the QNine adapters in the hightlighted PCIe slots but they are likely limited to x8 speeds and booting from them may not be possible. Somebody may have a better handle on that aspect.


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  17. Azrak

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    Wow Microcenter has really confused the crap out of these with their latest web store updates.

    Now BOTH 1TB versions say Professional in the title, but the specs still reflect Professional vs Premium.
    The only difference in the title now is the "NVMe 3.0 x4" in the Premium version vs "NVMe Gen 3 x2" in the Professional version.

    Be sure you KNOW which drive you are buying. Pay attention to the Interface and Read and Write speeds in the below specs.

    Drive #1:
    Link: https://www.microcenter.com/product...80-pcie-nvme-30-x4-internal-solid-state-drive
    Screenshots:
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    Drive #2:
    Link: https://www.microcenter.com/product...pcie-nvme-gen-3-x2-internal-solid-state-drive
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  18. Nenu

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    Exactly!
     
  19. Jim Kim

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    OrI wait for the fans to go on sale for $48.50.;)
     
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  20. Nenu

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    Looks like a way of shifting old inventory by deception.
    Trading standards might want a look at this.
     
  21. OFaceSIG

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    back in stock $134
     
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  22. Tricyclthief

    Tricyclthief Limp Gawd

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    Has anyone checked with crystaldisk what firmware they are running? I'm getting a lot slower speeds. Like 3400 read but only around 1200 write. The drive I just got today shows firmware 12.2.

    What driver is everyone using? What software is available to update firmware and where are updates found?

    Anyone find the drive running real hot? Crystal has been showing it hitting 60-65c while speed testing. Have Asus z270 Maximus formula mobo, wondering if the m.2 cover that goes over the slot is causing too much heat and throttting
     
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  23. Bankie

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    I'm on Firmware ECFM12.1. Getting about 3500MB/s read and 2020MB/s write.

    Using the stock Windows 10 driver. Someone earlier in the thread posted that other companies' utilities work for the update.

    Mine jumps up to 67C during benchmarks but is in the 30s normally; it's mounted to the back of an ITX board in an ITX case where it gets no airflow.
     
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  24. Tricyclthief

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    Mine currently idles around 45c. I also can't find a single thing on 12.2 firmware. It's like it doesn't exist on the internet, I'd like to see what changed from 12.1 and if I should be staying or going backwards if performance changes.

    Edit: re-ran my crystaldiskmark tests while watching temps and my drive actually hits a peak of 76c while doing read tests. I wish i had checked the temps of my 970 evo before i got rid of it. May need to pull the cover and leave it off.

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  25. Crosshairs

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    Lets try and stay on topic....
     
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  26. Jim Kim

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    More than one poster has not benchmarked as high as they thought this drive should.
    There are a bazillion ssd optimization guides on the internet, but take a look at this page out of this one http://www.thessdreview.com/ssd-gui...d-reviewers-guide-to-ssd-optimization-2018/5/
    Anything from a clean install of windows, windows setting and even bios settings can cause your benchmark results to be different.
    There are a few different version, I'd recommend reading them all.
    http://www.thessdreview.com/featured/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/
    YMMV of course and don't change anything you are not comfortable changing. (goes w/out saying don't change settings on a production system or a critical computer)
     
  27. Tricyclthief

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    I've tried a bunch of different settings and just not getting the same results, which i feel shouldn't of been needed anyways since my Samsung 970 Evo ran flawless. I may of just got a dud or it's thermal throttling so bad it's just not able to hit good speeds. Thinking of trying a different drive to see if there's a difference. Anyone try Silicon Power drives before? Amazon has Silicon Power 1TB for $165, about $20 more then the inland but has 5 year warranty and advertises 3200/3000 R/RW speeds vs the 3100/1900 Inland does.
     
  28. illaghee

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    3200/3000!! you looking to start a fire?

    thats just insane speeds.
     
  29. SixFootDuo

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    This drive is amazing. Don't walk, but run and get one. Especially at $134 dollars. It's like this is almost too good to be true.
     
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    is there anyway to pull the firmware off the SSD? I can upload v 12.2 if ppl wana try it.
     
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    on the left my microcenter 1tb nvme on the right my intel 2tb nvme
     

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    Dam this is tempting, but saving a hundred bucks and spending an extra 500-600 for a new build, I don't know.
     
  34. oMek

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    So my Alphacool/OCcool heatsink came today, It does not fit. The memory modules on both sides are too tall for the clips. Also noticed the controller is much shorter than them memory.

    Im running a Gigabye Aorus Master board, I decided to cut the thermal pad on this stock SSD sink so it only touches the controller and it worked! Running CrystalDisk I hit 45C max. Prior I was hitting 80c+.

    That being said, Im still getting about the same benchmarks.
     
  35. groebuck

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    I dunno I will check tomorrow on the temps.
     
  36. groebuck

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    just checked - so at the peak it alerted at 59 C on the first write test but stayed in yellow and blue the rest of the time. This is with no heatsink. The intel hit a peak of 50 C on the write test, also with no heatsink.
     
  37. groebuck

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    I ran just the seqential but bumped it up to eight threads - it got to 69 C still posting 3439/3053 in performance. it def could benefit from a heatsink
     
  38. Tricyclthief

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    Yeah mine is way worse than that. Hits 70s, high of 76c while testing. I'm lucky to break 2k in writes. I contacted Microcenter and they started an RMA for my drive.
     
  39. groebuck

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    THe writing is what really heats up the chips, Even on my intel it got the hottest writing - which makes sense.
     
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  40. Jim Kim

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    Since the controller is the only part that should be cooled you could use something like this and use thermal adhesive to fix it in place.

    Note: I probably wouldn't trust the default thermal tape on some of those heatsinks and if i did use it I would back it up with a tie wrap.