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480GB Inland Professional 2.5" 3D NAND SSD $80 @Microcenter (free pickup, $6 shipped)

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new low price for this, less with a $5 off 30 coupon

ships for $5.99

update: now $74.99
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Great price, but never heard of this brand. Any idea if they are making the drives or who is OEM'ing for them?
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So many of these ghost SSD brands popping up. I follow YouTube channel Tech Deals religiously and after continuous testing he just cannot recommend these; the speeds are minimal even compared to standard HDDs and the warranties on most are garbage. Either get a larger 7200rpm HDD or spring for a reputable SSD brand like Samsung or WD, at least until these cheap drives can prove their worth. The numbers just don't support it.

Edit: It seems to me these companies would rather make subpar SSDs now, when they're just starting to get into the mainstream and most will just see "SSD" and automatically think "faster"
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Inland is Microcenter's store brand like Sear's Kenmore
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TLC NAND drive. Make sure you know what you're getting into.
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Maybe Adata makes these I know the usb drives are
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Nothing to write home about, but better than I thought performance wise.

https://www.maroonmed.com/inland-...sd-review/

tlrl: Phison dram less controller, ~70% performance. Low queue depth 50k. Fine for gaming, not so much for database/random access
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TLC NAND drive. Make sure you know what you're getting into.
^^^this

And AMZ reviews aren't that great for the 120/240GB versions... but in fairness, most of the complaints are about paying for the 240GB drive, but only receiving the 120GB. I'd be hesitant about using this as my primary drive (at least without regular backups/image on hand) until more of a solid track record/reviews were posted... but may be fine to play around with for other stuff.
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Will this work in a PS4?
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3D TLC - same NAND type used by the 850/860 EVO and MX500 btw. Before you regurgitate NAND myths - endurance/performance is also dependent on factors such as controller and DRAM/SLC cache.

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TLC NAND drive. Make sure you know what you're getting into.
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^^^this

And AMZ reviews aren't that great for the 120/240GB versions... but in fairness, most of the complaints are about paying for the 240GB drive, but only receiving the 120GB. I'd be hesitant about using this as my primary drive (at least without regular backups/image on hand) until more of a solid track record/reviews were posted... but may be fine to play around with for other stuff.
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For this price they're almost as cheap as an HDD spinning disk. So...

To the knowledgeable HERE:

Q: Would these cheapo SSD's be useful for storing files like a D: drive to stream movies or in home network file sharing, or as the Plex media storage drive?

OR, is this not a good idea, and not worth it?

Just an FYI... I run 3 Crucial MX500/500Gb drives for the OS's on my 3 Dell SFF OptiPlex 9020's around my house. (BTW The Crucial MX 500 drives sizzle and seem very reliable)!

(My old Plex box is just too old and unreliable & I don't trust it).

TLDR: I need some storage drives are these any good?
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3D TLC - same NAND type used by the 850/860 EVO and MX500 btw. Before you regurgitate NAND myths - endurance/performance is also dependent on factors such as controller and DRAM/SLC cache.
Can't speak for the other poster, but my quote of his comment wasn't intended as a bash. Simply that.. even though 3D has allowed for significant TLC performance increases, it's still not quite on par with good MLC drives (from what I've read), and consumes more power.... but is typically a much better price per Gb. For most regular everyday users, no problem at all. But for those performance/benchmark junkies out there, MLC is probably still a better option. We'll see how the 3D MLC stacks up (pun intended). Smilie

I completely agree about the controller/cache though.
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So many of these ghost SSD brands popping up. I follow YouTube channel Tech Deals religiously and after continuous testing he just cannot recommend these; the speeds are minimal even compared to standard HDDs and the warranties on most are garbage. Either get a larger 7200rpm HDD or spring for a reputable SSD brand like Samsung or WD, at least until these cheap drives can prove their worth. The numbers just don't support it.
I stuck an inland 128GB in a POS i3 Lenovo my gf bought... ugh.. but I will say it breathed new life into a garbage machine. At least enough to be usable for Office and Streaming.
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I might have to pick one of these up on my trip to the store this week. Solid deal for a decent size SSD. The Micron deal that was posted is slick dollar per GB, but no warranty kills that.
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in one of the linked reviews the AS-SSD score is more than decent - so this is not just a HDD alternative, it's a legit performer.

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So many of these ghost SSD brands popping up. I follow YouTube channel Tech Deals religiously and after continuous testing he just cannot recommend these; the speeds are minimal even compared to standard HDDs and the warranties on most are garbage. Either get a larger 7200rpm HDD or spring for a reputable SSD brand like Samsung or WD, at least until these cheap drives can prove their worth. The numbers just don't support it.

Edit: It seems to me these companies would rather make subpar SSDs now, when they're just starting to get into the mainstream and most will just see "SSD" and automatically think "faster"
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