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Deal is back, Intel 660p NVME PCIE 2TB SSD

$204.99 free shipping
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...6820167461
Promo code: EMCTWTA36 Expires 3/7/19 NLA


When the above deal expires, the original deal this thread was posted under is still available for 3 more days:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...6ZP89Z8378 NLA SEE FP POST FOR WORKING LINKS

$219.99 + tax for some

This deal is a repeat of those that have been occurring the last few weeks

Deal is through a seller on the Newegg marketplace with 4400+ reviews and 5 eggs

Yes it's QLC NAND that has a shorter lifespan than other types, Yes it has dynamic cache that converts from SLC to QLC based on capacity used of the drive. For most home users this should be sufficient..
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Because the SLC cache isn't a separate store of flash. It's just repurposing some of the unused QLC chips to run in a faster one-bit-per-cell mode instead of four. But as the drive fills up, it has fewer unused cells available to choose from.
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Bought the 1tb version couple days ago. Tested 1,919 read and 1,787 write speed. Tested with Samsung magician.
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On the deal itself, it's a very solid deal. I would be interested in a software setting to cap it at TLC so it would not go into QLC mode. This new NAND has got to be better than older pre-QLC NAND like in the HP ex920 vs and Adata sx8200. I have the latter.

On the Intel-Micron partnership:
1. They ended the partnership last year after 12 years
2. Your link is to the announcement of the new shared tech so it should have the same specs and everything. Binning process aside
3. But Intel does manufacture its own NAND though:
https://www.anandtech.com/show/12...25inch-ssd

On binning, "Chen noted that 2 to 5 percent of the die that are sold as "SSD grade" do not meet Adata's SSD requirements"
https://www.tomshardware.com/news...32050.html

You don't want to be part of that 2 to 5 percent.
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think the price on this is going to continue dropping 160 or less before 2020, nice driv4e
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100MBPS sustained write speed.
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Bought the 1tb version couple days ago. Tested 1,919 read and 1,787 write speed. Tested with Samsung magician.
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Bought the 1tb version couple days ago. Tested 1,919 read and 1,787 write speed. Tested with Samsung magician.
that's faster than the ex920 1tb I bought which was supposed to be 3200/1800... I got 1800/1700 Frown going to pick this up as soon as it drops another banjo. The 2tb has a bigger cache and should be faster Smilie
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dynamic cache is SLC not MLC
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If I didn't already have a 1tb EX920, I'd buy one of these. During normal home use operation there's no way that the SLC cache is going to get saturated on the 2tb model, even when the drive gets closer to full.

Once the price (hopefully, eventually, maybe late this year or early next year if flash prices keep going how they have been) drops to around $150, it's going to be too tempting. It's already hard to convince myself I really don't NEED 2tb more of fast storage right now :p
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Great SSD. Got one last week when it was 211$... SLC cache on this is nearly 300gb, even when drive is 50% full the cache remains above 150
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Great SSD. Got one last week when it was 211$... SLC cache on this is nearly 300gb, even when drive is 50% full the cache remains above 150
Why would the SLC cache drop down with capacity used. Makes no sense to me.
Why not keep the SLC free until the whole drive fills up.
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Why would the SLC cache drop down with capacity used. Makes no sense to me.
Why not keep the SLC free until the whole drive fills up.
Because the SLC cache isn't a separate store of flash. It's just repurposing some of the unused QLC chips to run in a faster one-bit-per-cell mode instead of four. But as the drive fills up, it has fewer unused cells available to choose from.
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I'm perfectly happy with my 1TB drive, and it's not even 70% full, so why am I itching to buy this?
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Is there a way to adapt this to a non nvme computer. Like a pci x, SATA adapter or USB 3?
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Is there a way to adapt this to a non nvme computer. Like a pci x, SATA adapter or USB 3?
Yes, i ordered a PCIe adapter that was like 15 bucks. Works extremely well and white the SSD is a different it still is screaming fast. Saved me from upgrading my motherboard by another year or 2.

Sorry i searched but can not find the link to the one i bought.
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If I didn't already have a 1tb EX920, I'd buy one of these. During normal home use operation there's no way that the SLC cache is going to get saturated on the 2tb model, even when the drive gets closer to full.

Once the price (hopefully, eventually, maybe late this year or early next year if flash prices keep going how they have been) drops to around $150, it's going to be too tempting. It's already hard to convince myself I really don't NEED 2tb more of fast storage right now :p
If only there was a way to turn this QLC drive into a TLC drive that would be amazing.

Sure you would lose some capacity but not that much. 2TB would go down to 1.5TB (QLC vs TLC), and at $220 that's still a great price

$220 for 1.5TB is equavalent to $147 for 1TB and you're getting Intel NAND instead of Crucial/Micron
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