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Intel 660p M.2-2280 1TB PCI Express 3.0 x4 NVMe Solid State Drive £86.78 at CCL/ebay with code

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Posted 10th Dec 2019

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Fast drive at bargain price.
  • PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Interface
  • M.2 2280 Form Factor
  • Up to 1800MB/s Read, 1800MB/s Write
  • 4K IOPS Read: 150000
  • 4K IOPS Write: 220000
  • 5 Year Warranty
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Just a heads up the 660p is being EOL'd and is currently being replaced with the 665p which uses 96-layer QLC NAND, and a larger and better flexible SLC cache, doesn't suffer from the same slow downs, and also has better endurance for the NAND
Lots of deals appearing after I bought a 1tb 860 evo yesterday for £123
Is their much difference in performance between this, the Sabrent Rocket or the Corsair XMP?
Get the corsair one instead, almost double the speeds for like 20 quid more. 5 year warranty as well
Edited by: "Josh_millen" 10th Dec 2019
Bobbajob10/12/2019 12:55

Is their much difference in performance between this, the Sabrent Rocket …Is their much difference in performance between this, the Sabrent Rocket or the Corsair XMP?


Good question. I’ve just built a system using the Corsair MP which on paper is nearly twice the speed of this drive. However I can barely tell any difference to much slower regular SSD systems. Is there a difference, probably but is it one of those things that shows up in benchmarks but makes negligible difference in the real world?
simba258510/12/2019 12:46

Lots of deals appearing after I bought a 1tb 860 evo yesterday for £123 …Lots of deals appearing after I bought a 1tb 860 evo yesterday for £123


Well that's pretty much the best SSD you can get so I wouldn't worry too much. Life's too short to worry about little annoyances like that.
stuellis10/12/2019 13:02

Good question. I’ve just built a system using the Corsair MP which on p …Good question. I’ve just built a system using the Corsair MP which on paper is nearly twice the speed of this drive. However I can barely tell any difference to much slower regular SSD systems. Is there a difference, probably but is it one of those things that shows up in benchmarks but makes negligible difference in the real world?


Goog to know.... I think it's like most benchmarks, the figures might say one thing but in the real world it can be quite different....even the most basic SSDs can make a PC super fast.... so getting an even faster SSD will probably have a minimal noticable difference in daily tasks. Perhaps gaming, video editing and moving large files is where you'll see a difference.
i got told by somebody to stay away from this 660p and he now works for them hmm strange when i say them i mean intel ah well

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Use this drive as my boot and for main games, very quick and had no issues at all.
stuellis10/12/2019 13:02

Good question. I’ve just built a system using the Corsair MP which on p …Good question. I’ve just built a system using the Corsair MP which on paper is nearly twice the speed of this drive. However I can barely tell any difference to much slower regular SSD systems. Is there a difference, probably but is it one of those things that shows up in benchmarks but makes negligible difference in the real world?



There is more to the story than that which people need to know about before making an informed choice. For those who are strongly adamant to get this, then I've offered a few tips.

Before we get to that, the Intel 660p has a fairly decent implementation of QLC with pseudoSLC and fairly decent DRAM algorithms. It also has great random burst which is what the majority of people will feel real-life benefit with. QLC tech will improve over time, just like the previous generations before it. The 660p is a first generation QLC device (in fact, first to market... good job Intel and Micron).

QLC degradation
SLC has an average write endurance of 100,000 program/erase cycles (write operations). MLC has between 35,000 and 10,000. TLC has around 5,000. But QLC only has a measly 1,000. This is due to the higher number of voltage states required.

TIP #1: Don't use this in an environment where you're making lots of read/writes and you don't fancy a fresh install in 5 to [insert unknown arbitary figure] years time. Presumably most techies would fresh install onto new hardware before this cycle, but possibly not the average Joe Bloggs.

Caching
Most drives (even TLC) employ a SLC-based cache buffering. When this is full (e.g. large sequential transfers) you drop back to baseline performance which for QLC is similar to or worse than mechanical drives.


TIP #2: Don't use this if you transfer lots of very large files. Very being the crucial word.

Cache Size
When the drive fills up, the SLC buffer diminishes to the point where it is only 10GB (vs 120-140GB) at only 75% capacity.


TIP #3: If you're going to be using this drive a lot, get the highest capacity you can. Given COD:MW is a 175gb install, you're looking at 2TB for PC gamers.

TL:DR
1) Average users - get whatever drive you want.
2) Gamers - get the highest capacity you can.
3) Techies - TLC has matured, QLC hasn't quite yet.
Uncommon.Sense10/12/2019 12:22

Just a heads up the 660p is being EOL'd and is currently being replaced …Just a heads up the 660p is being EOL'd and is currently being replaced with the 665p which uses 96-layer QLC NAND, and a larger and better flexible SLC cache, doesn't suffer from the same slow downs, and also has better endurance for the NAND


I'd just like to comment and thank you for your information. You have no idea how much this has helped in planning my next pc purchase. I was going to go for a prebuilt with a 660p but I honestly was hesitant with the endurance and stuff. I'll be waiting till the 665 is featured in them I think
Uncommon.Sense10/12/2019 12:22

Just a heads up the 660p is being EOL'd and is currently being replaced …Just a heads up the 660p is being EOL'd and is currently being replaced with the 665p which uses 96-layer QLC NAND, and a larger and better flexible SLC cache, doesn't suffer from the same slow downs, and also has better endurance for the NAND


Interesting
stuellis10/12/2019 13:02

Good question. I’ve just built a system using the Corsair MP which on p …Good question. I’ve just built a system using the Corsair MP which on paper is nearly twice the speed of this drive. However I can barely tell any difference to much slower regular SSD systems. Is there a difference, probably but is it one of those things that shows up in benchmarks but makes negligible difference in the real world?


Agreed. I've had this 660p for a year or so and got the sabrent last week, which in a bench will say it is twice as fast on sustained writes. Real world? No difference at all and in fact Intel drive is better on all smaller files transfers and feels nippier. Corsair is allegedly same as Intel. Have to say, however, the Samsungs are definitely more spritely in everyday use... old 960evo beats either of them hands down and it's only a 250gb drive, so not the fastest of theirs either. Is it worth the extra money? Probably not. Moral of the story? Get the intel 660p whilst it's cheap... unless you're a pro user you'll never know the difference. Forget benchmarks, they are there to sell hardware to us mortals!!!! A fool and his money, as the saying goes.....
Can someone give me advise. I’m looking for nvme with biggest possible cache. Lot of simultaneous RW operations (building previews in Lightroom during import, around 200GB of photos at once)
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Just installed mine and got these results on a ryzen 3600. I though I'd share. I'm amazed at the 4k numbers
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