Just picked up a 1TB Western Digital Blue SSD for $134

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  1. bizzmeister

    bizzmeister [H]ard|Gawd

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    Hows that compare to other drives these days? Was going to get the 860 Evo for like $25 more but they were out of stock and i didn't want to wait. It feels super fast to me on my pretty dated system these days.


    Would not have noticed a real life difference between this and the 860 Evo correct?
     
  2. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    Looks fairly routine to me as most SATA III based SSDs nowadays produce effectively the same levels of performance. I would presume the official specs of that SSD you got say it's capable of 550MB/s reads and probably 480-540MB/s writes so if that's the case I wonder why there's a bit of drop. Going from ~550MB/s to ~500MB/s on reads is a hit of 8-10% give or take, not really something you will actually take note of in day to day performance and only in such benchmarks so perhaps maybe run something like CrystalDiskMark as well to get some comparative results. I'd make sure you have not only the latest chipset drivers installed for your motherboard but also the latest SATA controller drivers 'cause every little bit helps.

    If you're paying for a given level of performance based on hardware spec, you should be able to achieve it, basically. I looked at the specs of the SSD and according to the spec PDF file it says this:

    So just a bit under that 550MB/s read speed that a lot of the competing products show, and a bit higher on the write speeds than some drives that tend to top out about 520MB/s on average for competing hardware.

    I would have chosen the Samsung personally even for a few more bucks 'cause I just don't trust WD hardware anymore - they along with Toshiba are the most defect prone drives I've ever encountered in my 4+ decades of working with storage devices, but that's just my personal experience with those two specific brands, mind you. I currently have a 500GB Samsung 860 EVO in my desktop that I just got from Amazon like 2 weeks ago for $72 and it works great without issues, but that's not to say it couldn't just blow up at any second, of course. :p

    tl;dr Looks fine to me, perhaps a tad slow on the overall sustained read/write speeds, but if it's fast enough and you're happy with it, what does it matter what I or anyone else thinks? :D
     
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    bizzmeister [H]ard|Gawd

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    Thanks for your input brotha, appreciate it. Will run CrystalDiskMark too. This is honestly good enough for me, still blazing fast. Just wanted to run it by you guys and see if its on par with the rest of the guys running these SATA III SSD’s.


    Also, as far as the brand, I too wanted a Samsung drive simply because of their known reliability and what not. But also, I’ve had a Toshiba ( yes toshiba lol ) 128GB SSD for ages and it’s been flawless so I know this won’t be an issue. Not single hiccup in all these years of owning it. I just wasn’t willing to wait for the Samsung lol. Wanted to quickly fill my new 1TB SSD with my new 450mb a sec cable connection :p haha loving these 55meg download speeds on steam/Battle.net and others. Used to be at 12-13mb downloads, made a huge difference :p
     
  4. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    Just got gigabit Internet here myself as an upgrade from a 100 Mbps plan. I'm not always getting the proper speeds but the best so far was literally within the first few minutes of it going active with the new cable modem/router at about 935 Mbps and it hasn't really been that fast since. As for using the bandwidth, I get 6TB a month and the first month I barely used 300GB, go figure, just not a hoarder at all, never have been - I got this level of service because they offered it to me for 12 months at a price $10 lower than the 100 Mbps speeds. :p

    Anyway, congrats on the space and speed upgrades, Happy Holidays. ;)
     
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    bizzmeister [H]ard|Gawd

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    So i just ran crystaldiskmark this time:

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  6. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow [H]ardness Supreme

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    Other than the 840 series. Those drives were a disaster.

    I have a mix of newer Crucial, Samsung, and Western Digital SSDs, like Tiberian said they're all so fast now that you shouldn't see a practical difference.
     
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    likeman Gawd

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    If you press alt and print screen it will only screenshot the active window you currently have selected so you're not taking a picture of your whole desktop and not bothering to edit it

    Only time a ssd be slow now a days if if it's a Dram less ssd (avoid the wd Green ssds) and maybe QLC based ssds under high amount of write loads (like over 30-50gb) as they drop to eye watering speeds of under 80mb second
     
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    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    I tested a BX300 and it dropped to 40MBps under sustained Writes. Hello USB2.0 performance.
     
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    likeman Gawd

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    Dramless is so fun ( could you imagine if the bx300 was actually a QLC dramless SSD)
     
  10. Happy Hopping

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    https://www.westerndigital.com/products/internal-drives/wd-black-sn750-nvme-ssd#highlights

    If you upgrade to the WD black, it c/w heat sink, 5 yr. warranty, and comparing 5 yr. warranty product, Intel 760p write speed is only half

    https://www.intel.com/content/www/u...-series/760p-series-1-024tb-m-2-80mm-3d2.html

    having said that, whether it's blue or black, I wonder why there is no buzz on this brand. I see a lot of bad WD hard drive, so I have no faith on their SSD, is that the reason Bizzmeister being the only one who post a thread on this brand name?