*Updated* 2.5" SATA SSDs (Various Retailers)

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1TB TEAM Group GX2 @ Amazon (Prime)
$80, free Prime Shipping
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960GB Hyundai @ Amazon (Prime)
Clip the coupon for $10 off = $85, Free Prime Shipping
Reviews state this is similar to HW in the CS900 below
Smaller capacity drives have coupons as well
TLC, 5yr Warranty
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1TB PNY CS900 @ B&H Photo
$90 + Free Shipping
Not a bad alternative if you don't want a Hyundai branded drive, or you don't have prime.
TLC, 3yr Warranty
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1TB Crucial BX500 @ Amazon (Prime) for $90
& @ NewEgg for $85 with Promo Code EMCDPGH34
Free Shipping (Prime shipping for Amazon)
(The lower performance of the 2 Crucial drives)
TLC (no DRAM), 3yr Warranty
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960GB Adata External USB 3.2 Drive, @ Newegg
$90 + Free $5 Gift Card, Free Shipping
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Interface
Comes with USB & USB-C cables
Playstation and XBOX Compatible
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2TB Samsung 860 QVO @ B&H Photo No longer available
$25-off coupon applied in cart = $175 & Free Shipping
Yes, this is the QLC drive.


1TB Crucial MX500 @ Newegg
Use promo code EMCDPGG56 for $5 off = $99 & Free Shipping
(Let me know if promo code doesn't work anymore)
TLC, 5yr Warranty


EDIT: Adding and removing sales
FYI: I don't list anything under 1TB-ish because these days 500GB would barely be able to hold three maybe four AAA games. Also, write performance tends to increase the closer drives get to around 1TB. Dig through your couch cushions and help me make 1TB the new SSD minimum. lol.
 
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why you do this to me.. must... resist... the 2TB 860.

I paid $180 for a Sandisk Ultra last year, TLC, for $180. QVO is QLC. Many stores had both the Sandisk Ultra and WD Blue 2TB (pretty much the same drives) for $180. Unless you need a drive right now, might be worth waiting as I'm sure you'll see the same prices on those models again.
 

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The MX500 has an onboard Cache. The BX500 does not.

The MX500 is TLC, while the BX500 is QLC.

Spend the extra 10 bucks, peeps.

True, but for drives primarily read more than written to, you won't see a difference. QLC works fine for Steam drives for instance.
I paid $180 for a Sandisk Ultra last year, TLC, for $180. QVO is QLC. Many stores had both the Sandisk Ultra and WD Blue 2TB (pretty much the same drives) for $180. Unless you need a drive right now, might be worth waiting as I'm sure you'll see the same prices on those models again.
See above.
Also we all know "There's bound to be a better deal on ~Insert~Tech~Product~Here~ if you just wait."
Age old argument, is it worth more to have and use now, or wait and save a little later?
 

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Updated, New Hyundai drive... Why they slap their name on SSDs, who knows?
 

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Nice to see ssds getting so cheap! Hyundai should stick to making cars though..
 

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Crucial drive on sale at Newegg now for $5 cheaper
Also new Team drive for $80
 
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And just think these things used to cost hundreds not all that long ago! Nice deals posted. Might have to think about getting a drive!
 

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You sure about that? I mean they literally have the same logo (font and color wise).

From here https://hyundaitechnology.com/our-company/

"Hyundai produces products in the motor, industry, construction, steel, and technology industries."

they aren't the same.. hyundai Technology just licenses the hyundai name but it's in fact a different company based in the US that mostly caters to OEM's and are super budget tier SSD's meant for laptops.
 
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they aren't the same.. hyundai Technology just licenses the hyundai name but it's in fact a different company based in the US that mostly caters to OEM's and are super budget tier SSD's meant for laptops.

Oops.. I stand corrected :) That is good to know, thanks!
 

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Oops.. I stand corrected :) That is good to know, thanks!

i mean a lot of people don't even remember that SK Hynix use to be Hyundai Electronics before it was spun off as Hynix and then later joined SK group. but that's always been the problem with these big conglomerate groups in asia is that they lose their brand identity by slapping it on every company they buy. where as in western countries they tend to buy up companies but leave the brands/names intact.
 

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i mean a lot of people don't even remember that SK Hynix use to be Hyundai Electronics before it was spun off as Hynix and then later joined SK group. but that's always been the problem with these big conglomerate groups in asia is that they lose their brand identity by slapping it on every company they buy. where as in western countries they tend to buy up companies but leave the brands/names intact.
And that is a good reason why things can be so hard to determine if its a good deal or not. Thanks for posting.
 

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And that is a good reason why things can be so hard to determine if its a good deal or not. Thanks for posting.
I always say, especially these days, you can't judge a product by the brand name.
Take something like an SSD, where most are using all/most parts from other vendors. Now this is excluding Intel, Samsung, etc.., but they've both made less than stellar SSDs before too, and shouldn't be purchased without looking in to individual models. ...
Do research on performance and reliability. Learn to spot patterns in negative reviews (both "pro" reviews and customer reviews), and decide whether there's enough of any pattern to be concerned.
 

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Hey, where's the 4TB ones? :D
Hoping they'll get down to or below $100/TB soon.
If people start using 1-2TB SSDs more often than the historical 256-500GB "boot" drives, the higher capacities will start to drop in price.
The only reason they cost more is because they sell less. They use one PCB, one controller, and one case (for these 2.5" drives) just like the cheaper ones do. The main difference is that they have more NAND chips, which is the brunt of the cost, but still doesn't scale to being more expensive per GB, it should be less. They need a higher margin on the bigger drives that sell less to justify the tooling/marketing/packaging to make them.
 

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Hoping they'll get down to or below $100/TB soon.
If people start using 1-2TB SSDs more often than the historical 256-500GB "boot" drives, the higher capacities will start to drop in price.
The only reason they cost more is because they sell less. They use one PCB, one controller, and one case (for these 2.5" drives) just like the cheaper ones do. The main difference is that they have more NAND chips, which is the brunt of the cost, but still doesn't scale to being more expensive per GB, it should be less. They need a higher margin on the bigger drives that sell less to justify the tooling/marketing/packaging to make them.
Thank you for the detailed answer. :) I know at one point Micron was dumping a lot of their 4TB and 8TB via ocz at some substantially great prices (well under $100/TB), but they were sold out pretty quickly.

What's interesting is that there are 16TB drives in 2.5" capacity, which is something hard drives will never attain, so there's a real technological fit for ssds to phase out hdd in all areas except price. But if that's an artificial limit, it too will go away as a price war will change all that pretty quickly.
 

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Thank you for the detailed answer. :) I know at one point Micron was dumping a lot of their 4TB and 8TB via ocz at some substantially great prices (well under $100/TB), but they were sold out pretty quickly.

What's interesting is that there are 16TB drives in 2.5" capacity, which is something hard drives will never attain, so there's a real technological fit for ssds to phase out hdd in all areas except price. But if that's an artificial limit, it too will go away as a price war will change all that pretty quickly.

there's even 100TB SSD's but in 3.5" form factors, lol.
 

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Just so everyone knows the difference:

Hyundai Electronics Group Inc is based in California and is part of a personal conglomerate of small companies started by president and ceo Imad Boukai, who appears to have set up this company as a means for overseas manufacturer(s) of cheap SSDs sporting "variable BOMs" (meaning: you won't know what controller or NAND modules are soldered onto the PCB, just as long as it meets a very minimum and basic set of parameters such as form factor, interface, and capacity) to have a solid path for clearing US Customs once imported.

SK Hynix = South Korea's Hyundai Electronics (hence, HYundai-electroNIX), which was spun off when SK bought the majority stake.
 

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On that Crucial drive they charge you an extra 10 bucks for the frustration free packaging. :LOL:
 

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An MX500 competitor (high-performing SATA SSD), Seagate's Barracuda 120 1TB SATA drive is on sale $99 here (brown box, OEM):
https://www.newegg.com/seagate-1tb-barracuda-120/p/N82E16820248126

Seems well-reviewed and one of the top SATA SSDs you can get right now.

Not sure what the difference between ZA1000CM1A003 (if you buy new) and ZA1000CM10003 (the linked drive^) is, though, unclear
A just signifies retail box. anything that doesn't come in a retail package has an extra 0.
 
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Since when does Hyundai make SSDs?

"I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get that day over and over and over?"

they aren't the same.. hyundai Technology just licenses the hyundai name but it's in fact a different company based in the US that mostly caters to OEM's and are super budget tier SSD's meant for laptops.
 
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