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Intel 660p 512GB M.2 PCIe QLC 3D Performance NVMe SSD/Solid State Drive £62.39 + £5.48 delivery or Free C&C @ Scan
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Intel 660p 512GB M.2 PCIe QLC 3D Performance NVMe SSD/Solid State Drive £62.39 + £5.48 delivery or Free C&C @ Scan

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Posted 16th Apr
Been looking to replace my SATA m.2 and came across this. It's not the fastest NVMe at 1500MB/s Read, 1000MB/s Write but still a huge 3x performance increase over most SATA ssd.

The price seems a nice sweet spot for the size with anything noticeably faster at this size costing £40~ more.

The Intel SSD 660p is the first QLC-based client PCIe SSD in the industry, continuing Intel’s leadership in flash cell technology and quality manufacturing. The SSD 660p finally fits low prices and high-capacity into one drive. Meet today’s storage needs and prepare for the growing demands of tomorrow with the Intel SSD 660p Series built on Intel QLC 3D NAND technology.
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Just need Amazon to match
Delivery is free, DPD next day too
£13 post to Northern Ireland !! Rip off
There's got to be some catch other than it not being as fast as other mvme SSDs. That seems insanely cheap for a 512gb SSD.
I bought the 2TB for £172. The performance improves with capacity as the SLC cache is larger and the number of chips increases. No downsides that I can see. Excellent power management too.

The 512GB is 1500MB/s read, 1000MB/s write, 90k/220k IOPS, min cache of 6GB, max 76GB, 100TBW.

The 2TB is 1800MB/s read, 1800MB/s write, 220k/220k IOPS, min cache of 24GB, max 280GB, 400TBW.
Edited by: "musical" 16th Apr
Bengaboy52 m ago

Quite a good video from LTT on …Quite a good video from LTT on this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OffzVc7ZB-o



Building upon this: 37480070-Ajq8e.jpg
I always slander these drives in particular, and in this particular case, it really does not seem good. "It'll be a good game drive". If you think about it logically a single game will more than exceed the cache on a drive of this capacity. And in practise, SATA is as good as NVMe for loading games due to other bottlenecks... The more applicable use case would be for workstations. If anything this'd be better for smaller frequently accessed documents, and that's not because the drive is fast (it's comparable at best), it's because it's more miniscule you won't notice it. Benchmarks aren't a great representation of real world application either because if you're writing and reading a small file, it's just gonna be inside the SLC cache, which chances are (especially if your SLC cache is 6gb) it's not gonna be in there when you're trying to load some video.

This review doesn't tell us how full the drives were when they tested so I wouldn't take the numbers so literally, but relatively looking at the graphs, you can see the performance difference.

I'm not recommending this but these are at the same price as the drive on sale, amazon.co.uk/Wes…TY/ and amazon.co.uk/Cru…1V/. If you really want to compare, I'd compare those two read (and write) speeds with a half (half seems reasonable) full intel 660p.
Silicon Power's P34A80 NVMe drive is cheaper on Amazon, yet is TLC-based with much faster speeds with up to 3200mb/s read and 3000mb/s write. It's using the same Phison E12 controller and Toshiba TLC NAND flash as many other NVMe SSDs on the market, including Corsair's MP510. Here's a good review for that particular drive: anandtech.com/sho…are

You can get it here for £64.99: amazon.co.uk/Sil…BZ5
ohayoubaka17/04/2019 09:22

Silicon Power's P34A80 NVMe drive is cheaper on Amazon, yet is TLC-based …Silicon Power's P34A80 NVMe drive is cheaper on Amazon, yet is TLC-based with much faster speeds with up to 3200mb/s read and 3000mb/s write. It's using the same Phison E12 controller and Toshiba TLC NAND flash as many other NVMe SSDs on the market, including Corsair's MP510. Here's a good review for that particular drive: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13955/the-silicon-power-p34a80-ssd-review-phison-e12-with-newer-firmwareYou can get it here for £64.99: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silicon-Power-512GB-NVMe-PCIe-Gen3x4-000MB/dp/B07P7FPBZ5


This seems a cracking deal at this price. Would I trust a unknown brand with very little reputation and very little reviews either short term or long term with my main boot drive? Probably not. Could be a good second drive though for storing things you need fast access to.
twiggy999918/04/2019 15:02

This seems a cracking deal at this price. Would I trust a unknown brand …This seems a cracking deal at this price. Would I trust a unknown brand with very little reputation and very little reviews either short term or long term with my main boot drive? Probably not. Could be a good second drive though for storing things you need fast access to.


I don't think you need to worry when it uses the same hardware (Phison E12 controller + Toshiba TLC NAND flash) as Corsair's MP510. And it's also sold on Amazon, so if it happens to go wrong it'll be an easy refund.
ohayoubaka18th Apr

I don't think you need to worry when it uses the same hardware (Phison E12 …I don't think you need to worry when it uses the same hardware (Phison E12 controller + Toshiba TLC NAND flash) as Corsair's MP510. And it's also sold on Amazon, so if it happens to go wrong it'll be an easy refund.


The refund would be the last thing on my mind if my main boot drive fails, I rely on my PC for my income. However if its simply a direct copy or re-badged Corsair drive that has history and reviews then maybe it is a good deal.
This Crucial NVME SSD is only £63.99 on Amazon also? Don't know if it's any good either? I have a Silicon Power 2.5" SSD and it goes very well in fairness to it? Amazon will look after you if things go awry. ANY Solid State Drive can fail without wrning, so to use any without a backup solution is folly... Here's the link. amazon.co.uk/Cru…EY8
Edited by: "aidan.conway" 23rd Apr
aidan.conway18 h, 58 m ago

This Crucial NVME SSD is only £63.99 on Amazon also? Don't know if it's …This Crucial NVME SSD is only £63.99 on Amazon also? Don't know if it's any good either? I have a Silicon Power 2.5" SSD and it goes very well in fairness to it? Amazon will look after you if things go awry. ANY Solid State Drive can fail without wrning, so to use any without a backup solution is folly... Here's the link. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-CT500P1SSD8-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B07J2WBKXF/ref=pd_sbs_147_5/260-6904838-2007300?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07J2WBKXF&pd_rd_r=6ea00d5d-65cb-11e9-b2c0-9760af0625ea&pd_rd_w=szVas&pd_rd_wg=6PFwK&pf_rd_p=18edf98b-139a-41ee-bb40-d725dd59d1d3&pf_rd_r=NVMSQ2MEWKVSKFZZTEY8&psc=1&refRID=NVMSQ2MEWKVSKFZZTEY8


Looking purely at the specs yes it will be better than a 2.5 SATA driver, the max these SATA drives can produce are around 550~ MB/s read/write, the drive you linked to can handle 3/4 times more through put. Obviously they are just headline figures and speeds will alter depending on the work load and file sizes but it's a good estimate on the speed difference.
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