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The best Gen 4 nvme drive?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by GregI, 26 Dec 2021.

  1. GregI

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    Joined: 10 Dec 2007

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    Seems like a choice between:

    1: WD SN850
    2. Samsung 980 Pro
    3: Seagate Firecuda 530
    4: Corsair MP600 Pro XT

    Benchmark reviews have the Corsair either at the top or so close to the other drives it doesn't seem to matter. I don't see many people getting the Corsair though so not sure if I missed something.
  2. Minstadave


    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

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    Location: Rutland

    Much of a muchness although the Corsair is probably best on paper. 980 Pro has been very keenly priced the last few weeks, I picked up a couple.
  3. Quartz


    Joined: 1 Apr 2014

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    Location: Aberdeen

    Which ones have UK RMA?
  4. Joxeon


    Joined: 15 Oct 2019

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    Location: Uk

    Just get whichever you can find for the cheapest.
  5. EsaT


    Joined: 6 Jun 2008

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    Location: Finland

    Unless having extremely demanding special workloads, focus should be on good price per GB/TB, so that you can afford plenty of space.
    Remember that space you don't have doesn't have any speed...
    Except maybe negative, because you need to remove old stuff to fit new.

    And anyway for example in game loading speed differences become small in human scale with any higher up drives.
  6. GregI

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    I forgot to say I'm a sucker for having a manufacturer heatsink and it will be 2TB. I just think it's a way cleaner approach and eventually I'll be migrating the drive to a PS5. That makes a manufactuter heatsink even more favorable.

    Unfortunately that takes the Corsair out of the equation. Apparently the heatsink is too large to fit in the PS5. The SN850 2TB heatsink version is kinda ridiculous in price.

    The only option seems to be the Firecuda 530. Has the performance and the heatsink version isn't that much more than the non heatsink. It also has official videos from Seagate confirming compatibility with PS5.
  7. robj20


    Joined: 9 Apr 2007

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    If it's going in a PS5 surely you want the Sabrent heatsink purposely designed for the PS5 so therefore you want a Sabrent drive.
  8. GregI

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    Drive is going to be for desktop at first and in a couple years put into the PS5 when faster desktop drives (potentially even afforable 4TB) comes to town. Sabrent seems to lose to the Firecuda and once you factor in the cost of the heatsink, it's basically the same price as the Firecuda with heatsink. Also then don't have to faff about with the heatsink installation.
  9. scubes


    Joined: 28 May 2007

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    Location: Saturn’s moon Titan

    I'm going with the Samsung 980 Pro pci 4 first gen 4 drive for my setup ..
  10. eddiemcgarrigle


    Joined: 13 Nov 2006

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    Location: Inverkip

    I bought the 980 Pro today, seemed a toss up between that and the WD Black but the 980 was far cheaper.
  11. Cyber-Mav


    Joined: 30 Jul 2005

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    Location: Midlands

    Check out enterprise drives too. They usually have better steady state performance
  12. GregI

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    Update time. Still hadn't pulled the trigger yet as I didn't need the drive right away. Fortunately my prayers were answered. The SN850 2TB Heatsink version is currently on offer for £264.99

    Yeah the Firecuda 530 is the better drive but £264.99 vs £335.99 is great not to mention the slightly better software tools of WD. Most people said the 2TB non heatsink for £239.99 was a great deal so £25 extra for a proper heatsink that covers the correct areas seems like a solid option.