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Well I did a little research and found this post on Reddit:

The biggest downside to this SSD is that since the SLC Cache is mostly non-static and made via the QLC, when the drive gets very full you will have a tiny level of SLC Cache, making write times slow down a lot near the last 10-15% of the drive or so. Read times will always be super fast, but writes will get relatively bad if it's full. Many of the other SSDs on the market have a dedicated static Cache, instead of the variable one on the 660p, and as such don't degrade quite as much as this one does. The thing is though, for most people this still isn't a problem as it is still faster than your internet is, so this brings us back to the question of, who cares?

Well, professionals doing a lot of file transferring while moving from say one video edit project to the next and swapping 4K RAW files onto this drive as a scratch disk from a 10G LAN connection would definitely notice a difference and it would not be a good idea to get this drive. People wanting to use this for an ultra fast recording medium to write extended large files processed by the PC also should not buy this drive. Finally, people who do a significantly large amount of writes per day (50GB+ per day or more every day), such as high res photo/video editors, batch encoders, etc, should not buy this drive do it is comparatively low TBW compared to professional NVMe drives like the 970 Pro. At 200TBW rated, this is still more than enough for any normal consumer.

So who should buy this drive? Gamers, Casual PC users, budget orientated folks, and anyone who doesn't write a shot ton of stuff to their drive very quickly (probably 95% of PC users or more).

It's a great SSD, and will do just fine for the vast majority of anyone, especially gamers.

Here is a photo showing the Cache size depending on how much space is used. [anandtech.com] The 3 lines represent a 512GB drive, 1TB drive, and 2TB drive respectively from bottom to top. As you can see, if you were transferring a 50GB file from a high speed source, you would run out of Cache if you had more than 50% of your total SSD space used. As soon as that Cache ran out your drive would slow to a crawl from a source faster than 90MB/s (USB 3.0+, Internal HDD or SSD, 10G LAN, etc). The more space you've used the worse that Cache gets.
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The 2TB has a TBW of 400TB, not 200, so it is actually better than that:

https://www.intel.com/content/www...m-3d2.html
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If you write 10 GB of data every day on this SSD, you would have written 3.65 TB in a year and would take 54 years to get to 200 TBW limit. I wonder how many people would be generating even that much of data every day? Any person who would be writing ~100 GB worth stuff every day onto this device would burn this out in about 5 years.
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the best price for 2tb NVMe, I just installed it in Macbook pro and working fine.
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Just installed mine in a desktop PC and transferring files now!
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the best price for 2tb NVMe, I just installed it in Macbook pro and working fine.
For others interested in doing this, you will need a specific adapter (look up sintech) and it will only work on certain MBP/MBA (2013-2015)/iMac.
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QLC with 200 TBW endurance by the way.

Probably would make for a good data drive if you have the PCIe lanes to spare.
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I bought the 1tb version and I've filled 100gb total with the OS. Might have upgraded too early💀
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QLC with 200 TBW endurance by the way.

Probably would make for a good data drive if you have the PCIe lanes to spare.
If you write 10 GB of data every day on this SSD, you would have written 3.65 TB in a year and would take 54 years to get to 200 TBW limit. I wonder how many people would be generating even that much of data every day? Any person who would be writing ~100 GB worth stuff every day onto this device would burn this out in about 5 years.
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For others interested in doing this, you will need a specific adapter (look up sintech) and it will only work on certain MBP/MBA (2013-2015)/iMac.
Didn't know such a product was out
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If you write 10 GB of data every day on this SSD, you would have written 3.65 TB in a year and would take 54 years to get to 200 TBW limit. I wonder how many people would be generating even that much of data every day? Any person who would be writing ~100 GB worth stuff every day onto this device would burn this out in about 5 years.
The 2TB has a TBW of 400TB, not 200, so it is actually better than that:

https://www.intel.com/content/www...m-3d2.html
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Man I have $4 in points so it's only $186. Tempting. Was eyeing it on amazon for $199. Dam sd
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I know it's not recommended to fill up any type of SSD to the brim of it's capacity, but does anybody know what effect filling this specific drive would do to it's performance and/or longevity? I'm specifically looking for an SSD just to store and play media on, so I'm not going to do constant large-size writes. But I want an SSD I can fill up to maybe 90-95% without it turning into crap...would this Intel fit the bill? Also, how would this drive perform nearly-full if I used it as my OS drive?
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I know it's not recommended to fill up any type of SSD to the brim of it's capacity, but does anybody know what effect filling this specific drive would do to it's performance and/or longevity? I'm specifically looking for an SSD just to store and play media on, so I'm not going to do constant large-size writes. But I want an SSD I can fill up to maybe 90-95% without it turning into crap...would this Intel fit the bill? Also, how would this drive perform nearly-full if I used it as my OS drive?
I think filling up a standard drive to capacity is more of an issue, with the moving parts it gets tricky to fill and access the final bits. Inevitably this data ends up fragmented. I think SSD storage is ideal for your needs.
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I think filling up a standard drive to capacity is more of an issue, with the moving parts it gets tricky to fill and access the final bits. Inevitably this data ends up fragmented. I think SSD storage is ideal for your needs.
The reason I'm asking is I've heard this specific drive slows down considerably at around 70% full. But I haven't seen any hard data about how much it slows down, nor any real-life anecdotes about how it performs in extreme cases (90-95% full.) Also wondering if it's a terrible idea to fill it up if I decide to use it as an OS drive. I've used a Samsung 840 Pro MLC SSD as an OS drive and have ran it nearly-full for years, with no perceivable hit to performance with casual use. And it's still going strong after 6-7 years.
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