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 Post subject: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 20th, 2019, 23:17 
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Hello all. I am new to the site and wanted to get some opinions and/or suggestions on some SSD models for my laptop. I am looking at getting an SSD in the range of 500GB-1TB. I found a few I like and wanted some opinions on them. I've been doing some research on SSD's and the tech behind them. Found out about the different types of NAND flash such as SLC, MLC, and TLC. From reading about it, I gathered that SLC is best, MLC is second best, and TLC is least best. I narrowed my choices down to the the following SSDs but the information I've managed to find on the manufactures' website relating to their specs is not clear on which is NAND type is used.

Prices at the end of each are from Amazon:

ADATA USA Ultimate Su800 1TB 3D Nand 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (ASU800SS-1TT-C) $119.99

ADATA SU900 1TB Ultimate 3D NAND MLC 2.5 inch Internal Solid State Drive - Black (ASU900SS-1TM-C) $157.99

SanDisk SSD PLUS 1TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm - SDSSDA-1T00-G26 $124.99

SanDisk Ultra 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm - SDSSDH3-500G-G25 $69.99

Thanks in advance for any replies.


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 Post subject: Re: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 1:47 
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The Samsung 860 Evo 1TB 2.5" was available prior to Christmas for AU$175 (after cashback). That's about US$125. Did you exclude Samsung on the basis of price, or for some other reason?

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 Post subject: Re: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 2:28 
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fzabkar wrote:
The Samsung 860 Evo 1TB 2.5" was available prior to Christmas for AU$175 (after cashback). That's about US$125. Did you exclude Samsung on the basis of price, or for some other reason?


Thanks for the recommendation. Do you know if this drive is SLC, MLC or TLC? I had not considered Samsung. No particular reason.


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 Post subject: Re: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 2:32 
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fzabkar wrote:
The Samsung 860 Evo 1TB 2.5" was available prior to Christmas for AU$175 (after cashback). That's about US$125. Did you exclude Samsung on the basis of price, or for some other reason?


Found it in Amazon for $159

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078DPCY3T/re ... rCbMSANAJV


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 Post subject: Re: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 2:34 
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fzabkar wrote:
The Samsung 860 Evo 1TB 2.5" was available prior to Christmas for AU$175 (after cashback). That's about US$125. Did you exclude Samsung on the basis of price, or for some other reason?


Found it on Amazon for $159. Tried to reply with a link to it but I guess because I’m still a newbie on the site it won’t let me post links until a moderator approves it.


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 Post subject: Re: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 6:09 
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The 860 Evo uses TLC V-NAND, but with 30nm lithography, so it has much greater endurance than earlier TLC tech:
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3253630/storage/samsung-860-evo-review-tlc-nand-ssd.html

White Paper - Evaluating MLC vs TLC vs V-NAND:
http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/content/SamsungUS/b2b/resource/2015/11/25/WHP-SSD-MLCvsTLC-OCT15J_1.pdf

White Paper - The V-NAND Paradigm Shift:
https://www.samsung.com/us/system/b2b/resource/2014/09/04/WHP-SSD-V-NAND-JUL14J.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 27th, 2019, 20:18 
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Just found out my laptop can accommodate a M.2 SSD. I can see on the motherboard where it would go but I'm not sure which M.2 drive to buy? How can I find out which size and storage capacity my laptop supports?

My laptop is an HP EliteBook 840 Gen 2


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2019, 22:38 
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https://support.hp.com/id-en/document/c04552057


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 Post subject: Re: SDD Recommendations to Upgrade from HDD on Laptop
PostPosted: January 27th, 2019, 22:59 
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HaQue wrote:


Thanks for this. Upon further research, I found that my laptop supports a M.2 SSD 2260 PCIe 2x2 with a max of 512GB. Checking prices, the M.2 form factor SSDs are way more expensive than the 2.5” ones. Comparing the difference in speed, it’s not much between the PCIe 2x2 and the SATAIII. If what I’ve found is correct, then it’s better to go with a 2.5” SSD instead of a M.2. I can get a 1TB 2.5” SSD which my laptop supports, where as with the M.2 SSD my laptop will only support up to 512GB.

Also found that there’s not that many M.2 2260 out there. I guess this is why the prices are so high. Supply and Demand. I found this one on Newegg. Too much $$$

Transcend MTS600 M.2 2260 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TS512GMTS600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... rebbr=true


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