Did some digging and found this today: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12744/micron-launches-first-qlc-nand-micron-5210-ion-enterprise-sata-ssdthis Ion sucks compared to the 5100/5200
ps4 pro drive lolDid some digging and found this today: https://www.anandtech.com/show/12744/micron-launches-first-qlc-nand-micron-5210-ion-enterprise-sata-ssd
TLDR: it's still leaps and bounds better than a spinner in every way, and even more so for capacity in a laptop.
As this will be for a several game libraries where read is much more important than writes, it will be more than simply adequate loading games like Skyrim and Fallout 4 (thousands of small file reads).
Now, if you plan on writing more than 4TB to the drive every day for 5 years, you would be better off getting the pricier 5200 series.
That's referencing a 100% random 4K write workload. To the best of my knowledge, that's something that a database center would worry about and not an average user where the larger 16K sequential writes have a DWPD of 0.8, and while my math is fuzzy at best, I believe that works out to over 10 petabytes of written data (and good luck actually doing that every day for 5 years to reach that number - it took me almost 2 days to copy over my 6TB game library via GigE).For those of you who are going to buy this drive, be careful of its endurance. It is a very low endurance drive that's meant Hyperscale Datacenters (This is not meant to be a client drive but can be used as one). At 100% 4K Random Writes, this drive has an endurance of an extremely low .05 DWPD (.05 DWPD is 384GB of writes per day over 5 years, approx 700TBW over its lifetime, or approx. 91 complete drive rewrites). For some of those who are using this as a game drive, this endurance should be sufficient. But if your using this to constantly write data and write above that amount, use caution and be aware the drive may not last as long. See Microns Datasheet below (Paying attention to the shaded area in the chart):
Depending on what you're buying, that's still a factor. The unrecoverable read-error rate hasn't changed much if you're buying the wrong drive--check those specs!Oh thank god! I used to be too terrified to buy big hard disk drives because of unrecoverable read errors. But now I can finally buy big HDD's because I know I'm now supposed to be terrified of terabyte writes. Phew!