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Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND M.2 Type 2280 Internal SSD + 5 Year Warranty - £88.54 delivered @ Amazon UK
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Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND M.2 Type 2280 Internal SSD + 5 Year Warranty - £88.54 delivered @ Amazon UK

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Note this is a SATA M.2 Drive, NOT A a NVMe M.2.


While both have the same connector (thats the M.2 part) the way they transfer data to the motherboard is different. NVME is much faster and you should use that if your Motherboard supports it. Not all motherboards with a M.2 socket will support both SATA and NMVe.

If your Mobo supports it buy a NVMe Drive, they are not much more to buy than SATA drives. The Crucial P1 which is the NVMe "sister" to this drive can sometimes be bought for about the same price as this (usually around £100 but currently its at a highpoint of £120 CamelCamelCamel Link to the 1TB Crucial P1 Drive) but NVME drives offer a much bigger speed improvement

SATA 3 tops out with read/ writes in the order of 500Mbps, whereas NVMe can see speeds in the 1500 to 3500 Mb/s Read and 1500/2500 Mbps Range depending on the drive you buy.
Edited by: "gavin1" 4th Jan
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Note this is a SATA M.2 Drive, NOT A a NVMe M.2.


While both have the same connector (thats the M.2 part) the way they transfer data to the motherboard is different. NVME is much faster and you should use that if your Motherboard supports it. Not all motherboards with a M.2 socket will support both SATA and NMVe.

If your Mobo supports it buy a NVMe Drive, they are not much more to buy than SATA drives. The Crucial P1 which is the NVMe "sister" to this drive can sometimes be bought for about the same price as this (usually around £100 but currently its at a highpoint of £120 CamelCamelCamel Link to the 1TB Crucial P1 Drive) but NVME drives offer a much bigger speed improvement

SATA 3 tops out with read/ writes in the order of 500Mbps, whereas NVMe can see speeds in the 1500 to 3500 Mb/s Read and 1500/2500 Mbps Range depending on the drive you buy.
Edited by: "gavin1" 4th Jan
What he said

Mmve are much faster. This would only be beneficial over a 2.5” SSD if it’s for a tiny build and space is essential.
preacher04/01/2020 08:57

What he said Mmve are much faster. This would only be beneficial over a …What he said Mmve are much faster. This would only be beneficial over a 2.5” SSD if it’s for a tiny build and space is essential.


So not to go over the same thing, I should get M.2. that is NVMe?
gavin104/01/2020 06:54

Note this is a SATA M.2 Drive, NOT A a NVMe M.2. While both have the same …Note this is a SATA M.2 Drive, NOT A a NVMe M.2. While both have the same connector (thats the M.2 part) the way they transfer data to the motherboard is different. NVME is much faster and you should use that if your Motherboard supports it. Not all motherboards with a M.2 socket will support both SATA and NMVe.If your Mobo supports it buy a NVMe Drive, they are not much more to buy than SATA drives. The Crucial P1 which is the NVMe "sister" to this drive can sometimes be bought for about the same price as this (usually around £100 but currently its at a highpoint of £120 CamelCamelCamel Link to the 1TB Crucial P1 Drive) but NVME drives offer a much bigger speed improvementSATA 3 tops out with read/ writes in the order of 500Mbps, whereas NVMe can see speeds in the 1500 to 3500 Mb/s Read and 1500/2500 Mbps Range depending on the drive you buy.


Only certain users would benefit from NVME. I'd dare say 90% of PC users will see no real world difference. So pick whichever.
Aquacadabra04/01/2020 11:39

Only certain users would benefit from NVME. I'd dare say 90% of PC users …Only certain users would benefit from NVME. I'd dare say 90% of PC users will see no real world difference. So pick whichever.


In one sense I agree, a SSD of any sort will be a boost over a spinner, but if your mobo can support NVMe then as the SATA and NVMe drives are very similar in price you’d be daft to get the slower SATA drive over NVMe
iz12345678904/01/2020 11:19

So not to go over the same thing, I should get M.2. that is NVMe?


Either will be a boost over a spinning drive but If your mobo can support NVMe you’d be best going for NVMe as the drives are around the same price but NVMe drives typically can do reads/writes three times faster than SATA3.
Would this work in an enclosure as external storage for XB1X?

Something like this:
amazon.co.uk/dp/…ZLW

Currently use 256GB SSD, but three or fours big games and it's full.
Edited by: "Ripperoo" 4th Jan
gavin104/01/2020 11:49

In one sense I agree, a SSD of any sort will be a boost over a spinner, …In one sense I agree, a SSD of any sort will be a boost over a spinner, but if your mobo can support NVMe then as the SATA and NVMe drives are very similar in price you’d be daft to get the slower SATA drive over NVMe


Well yea, but NVME does generate a fair amount more heat Vs an SSD. But you pay your monies and makes your choice. I'll be getting an M2 next month so decided which to go for
@merb0786 , you got a wrong picture in the description, if you would like to take it off.
Brutes04/01/2020 13:51

@merb0786 , you got a wrong picture in the description, if you would like …@merb0786 , you got a wrong picture in the description, if you would like to take it off.


Ta. I took if off the main website when taking the specs, didn't realise.
Ripperoo04/01/2020 12:08

Would this work in an enclosure as external storage for XB1X?Something …Would this work in an enclosure as external storage for XB1X?Something like this:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N6PMZLWCurrently use 256GB SSD, but three or fours big games and it's full.


I bought this with this enclosure yesterday, it will be arriving at some point, it will work apparently...
amazon.co.uk/dp/…PZ0
I would make significant difference to destiny, pubg etc load times
Hi guys, I'm a bit of a noob here...but can someone please tell me if this supports my motherboard...my motherboard is the Asus Tuf X99 sabertooth. I'll be super grateful if someone can inform me.
Tarek_Ali04/01/2020 15:31

Hi guys, I'm a bit of a noob here...but can someone please tell me if this …Hi guys, I'm a bit of a noob here...but can someone please tell me if this supports my motherboard...my motherboard is the Asus Tuf X99 sabertooth. I'll be super grateful if someone can inform me.



Yep. Slot on board supports M.2 PCIe drives and provides the full 4 X Gen 3.0 lanes if required. It will share bandwith with the 16_3 X slot (last long bottom one on the board)
Edited by: "sarden84" 4th Jan
better this ors samsung evo ssd?
iz12345678904/01/2020 11:19

So not to go over the same thing, I should get M.2. that is NVMe?


Only if your mobo supports it if it doesn't nvme won't work...
Can you actually still get old 2242 version for ThinkPad
Slow speeds but good value. I've got the 1TB 970 Evo Plus
iz12345678904/01/2020 11:19

So not to go over the same thing, I should get M.2. that is NVMe?


It’s not just a case of weighing up the speed either. Whilst NVME drives are generally faster the other advantage (in my case) is they consume 1 less SATA port. Yes, before anyone jumps in here, it does connect via the M2 socket but on many motherboards you can’t use the M2 socket(s) without sacrificing the use of a number of SATA ports. My board sacrifices 1 for an NVME or 2 for a SATA M2 drive.

So NVME in my case (with the MSI 370 series board I have) really is a no brainer.
preacher04/01/2020 08:57

What he said Mmve are much faster. This would only be beneficial over a …What he said Mmve are much faster. This would only be beneficial over a 2.5” SSD if it’s for a tiny build and space is essential.



Mmve are even faster than nvme
Despite googling and site matching like crucial. Can anyone tell me if this will fit in a late 2012 MacBook Pro. It def has a removable ssd (256gb) one I just can’t find a site that says what type of ssd it needs. Cheers
Aquacadabra04/01/2020 11:39

Only certain users would benefit from NVME. I'd dare say 90% of PC users …Only certain users would benefit from NVME. I'd dare say 90% of PC users will see no real world difference. So pick whichever.


I cannot agree with this at all.

90% of users don’t want faster start up or resume times? Don’t want faster media and file reads? Don’t want high performance virtual memory?

NVME is over 6+ times faster for a similar price. It is a no-brainier to choose it and get a big performance jump.
fazered04/01/2020 19:10

I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up o …I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up or resume times? Don’t want faster media and file reads? Don’t want high performance virtual memory?NVME is over 6+ times faster for a similar price. It is a no-brainier to choose it and get a big performance jump.


I got an old ssd, my boot time is maybe 25 sec. So, am i getting less than 5 sec boot time on nvme, then?
cold because SATA interface not advantage over legacy 2,5" SSD in speed. M.2 slot was created to achieve up to 3000+ Mbit/s in NVME interface. I have Samsung 970 Pro in my PC and speed is unbelievable trust me.
icG04/01/2020 19:28

I got an old ssd, my boot time is maybe 25 sec. So, am i getting less than …I got an old ssd, my boot time is maybe 25 sec. So, am i getting less than 5 sec boot time on nvme, then?


Not even that
fazered04/01/2020 19:10

I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up o …I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up or resume times? Don’t want faster media and file reads? Don’t want high performance virtual memory?NVME is over 6+ times faster for a similar price. It is a no-brainier to choose it and get a big performance jump.


You can not agree all you want. Unless you're doing 4k video transfer all day, this is not.much more use than an SSD
fazered04/01/2020 19:10

I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up o …I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up or resume times? Don’t want faster media and file reads? Don’t want high performance virtual memory?NVME is over 6+ times faster for a similar price. It is a no-brainier to choose it and get a big performance jump.


The key word was "real world difference". Unless you have a specialised use case you won't see a difference.
poor speed for £ cold
icG04/01/2020 19:28

I got an old ssd, my boot time is maybe 25 sec. So, am i getting less than …I got an old ssd, my boot time is maybe 25 sec. So, am i getting less than 5 sec boot time on nvme, then?


My machine takes about 8 seconds on a cold boot from POST to login and about 3 seconds to shutdown from the login screen. And my machine was built to be power efficient and is by no means a beast.

It has changed the way I use my machine, I shutdown or hibernate if I want to retain state rather than sleep as I used to.
fazered04/01/2020 19:10

I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up o …I cannot agree with this at all. 90% of users don’t want faster start up or resume times? Don’t want faster media and file reads? Don’t want high performance virtual memory?NVME is over 6+ times faster for a similar price. It is a no-brainier to choose it and get a big performance jump.


Your talking nonsense on paper the speeds of a nvme drive is 6 times higher than a Sata Ssd but in real life the speed increase is 5-10% at best in 95% of the cases of a typical users workload for example a 1 second reduction in loading time between Sata and nvme drive, so the guy is absolutely right, obviously I'd still get the nvme if the price is the same or just a little higher
Edited by: "Cuddl3s" 4th Jan
gtabuyer04/01/2020 19:40

The key word was "real world difference". Unless you have a specialised …The key word was "real world difference". Unless you have a specialised use case you won't see a difference.[Video]


Well that wasn’t my experience, I upgraded from SSD and it improved my startup and hibernate noticeably. It also improved the speed of my Plex media server significantly (the server itself, media is served from another drive.)

I would like to see how it compares with virtual memory. If I am developing and using SQL I tend to lean on my page file a lot and it made a big difference there. Obviously not everyone is developing but plenty of people will be using virtual memory.

The point still stands though. Why choose a slower component when you can get a significantly faster option for a similar price?
Basically you should only be buying this if you need this much space in a system that can ONLY accept SATA M.2. In which case, this is one of the best options on the market, and this is a good price. Otherwise, you should be buying NVME. Crucial need to come out with a better NVME product than the P1 though, really...
This is a terrible price to performance - should be frozen solid, not hot....
CyberGeneticist05/01/2020 00:12

This is a terrible price to performance - should be frozen solid, not …This is a terrible price to performance - should be frozen solid, not hot....


The price per TB isn't bad for a good brand. Yes something like the Sabrent 1TB NVMe is better value.
I wonder how many times can you write data back and fourth on nvme over a ssd before it goes bad. Not alot. Lol

Nvme are only good for booting up windows over long term use.
Edited by: "Mikaiyel_Miah" 5th Jan
Mikaiyel_Miah05/01/2020 00:21

I wonder how many times can you write data back and fourth on nvme over a …I wonder how many times can you write data back and fourth on nvme over a ssd before it goes bad. Not alot. LolNvme are only good for booting up windows over long term use.



The 1TB Sabrent I mentioned has a TBW of 1665. Which is plenty.
rev605/01/2020 03:45

The 1TB Sabrent I mentioned has a TBW of 1665. Which is plenty.


That's half of what 860 Evo offers.
Mikaiyel_Miah05/01/2020 03:54

That's half of what 860 Evo offers.


It's still over 16 years of life if you write 100TB a year (which is a silly amount for most people)
Not really sure this is worth is considering its SATA not NVME. The read write speed are around 10 times slower
sarden8404/01/2020 16:56

Yep. Slot on board supports M.2 PCIe drives and provides the full 4 X Gen …Yep. Slot on board supports M.2 PCIe drives and provides the full 4 X Gen 3.0 lanes if required. It will share bandwith with the 16_3 X slot (last long bottom one on the board)


Hey thanks for the reply, so wanted to clarify is this m.2 or nvme, are they the same thing?
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