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The 500GB for $125 seems like a good deal.

Just remember that those M.2 SSDs are using the SATA III interface.
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Any of these fit in a macbook air?
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Does Amazon price match Newegg? Newegg usually takes 7+ days to deliver it to me since I don't have Premier.
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Just remember that those M.2 SSDs are using the SATA III interface.
Sorry, what's that mean? Is there a newer/better interface nowadays? My 5 year old MB has SATAIII.

Edit: Oh, never mind, found an article about M.2.
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Sorry, what's that mean? Is there a newer/better interface nowadays? My 5 year old MB has SATAIII.

Edit: Oh, never mind, found an article about M.2.
For everyone else: M.2 interface comes in 2 flavors: SATA (tops out at ~600MB/s) and NVME (currently offered in the 2,000-3,000 MB/s range). The slot location determines which fits in your computer. I believe some computer will accept either, but my 2 M.2 computers are SATA only.
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Any of these fit in a macbook air?
Nothing will fit in MBA.
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Any of these fit in a macbook air?
Probably not. Apple did weird things with those computers, giving them a standard connector but making them incompatible with standard drives. There are specific hard to find replacements out there. I suggest looking at this article for a simple explanation.

http://osxdaily.com/2016/08/18/re...cbook-air/
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For everyone else: M.2 interface comes in 2 flavors: SATA (tops out at ~600MB/s) and NVME (currently offered in the 2,000-3,000 MB/s range). The slot location determines which fits in your computer. I believe some computer will accept either, but my 2 M.2 computers are SATA only.
You left off the most important points, which include users not seeing any appreciable speed differences between SATA and NVME in normal tasks *regardless* of claimed performance, yet the latter are almost always 50% + more expensive. That helps the mfg make a higher profit margin, but it doesn't help you.

If you have a SATA port (forget macs/apple) and you want a SSD, I'd recommend buying a SATA drive (M.2 or 2.5") even if you have a NVME port. You'll see virtually the same performance in applications and you won't be taken to the cleaners (well, you still will, but not as badly).
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Sign...Typical newegg under the chinese.... not good....

Unless you need it today, these are not worth buying. They're over priced for what they are, which is older (firmware modified only) Sandisk X400 tech with average performance, shortened warranties, and still higher prices than the original drives. These are getting ready for clearance pricing, but this is not it...

Especially avoid the 1TB 2.5" drive. Instead, I'd recommend buying the MX500 1tb for a few dollars more, and if possible, waiting for the other Crucial drives to hit the market. You'll get better performance, better warranties, and newer tech. You could also wait for Samsung to drop their prices a little, but that doesn't happen much without competition.

PASS....
Just a heads up, these are WD Blue 3D drives, which appear to be based on the newer SanDisk Ultra 3D, not the X400.
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Any of these fit in a macbook air?
Seems like sort of yes, sort of no

Apple uses a custom slot for NVMe on all of their SSD's, until recently they also used their own incompatible NVMe driver that only only worked with Apple's hardware.

Recently their high sierra update seems to have added support for certain m.2 drives using an adapter, but after searching around awhile it still seems questionable as to full functionality.

For the curious: https://apple.stackexchange.com/q...ter/290241
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How is the performance compared to Samsung 850 EVO?
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Just a heads up, these are WD Blue 3D drives, which appear to be based on the newer SanDisk Ultra 3D, not the X400.
I guess I looked at the wrong one, so thanks!

My browser opened to the same old same old 2D nand.

I'd like to check performance (TBW appears to be improved) and see how it stacks up to the Crucial. I still don't think it would fair well, as the WD is still older than the Crucial which goes head-to-head with Samsung in almost all categories (sad that it took 4 years to just "catch up") with favorable pricing.
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How is the performance compared to Samsung 850 EVO?

Samsung is superior but I still bought one: http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Comp...7431vs2977
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