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I just got one of these for a Steam Library. Wonderful option for the price if you know what you're getting into. I'd also suggest this for any laptop that needs storage over performance... while still having decent performance.
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I'm looking for something I can use as a USB 3.1 external storage drive for RAW when dumping my camera away from home, as well as maybe some movies and games. Is this fast enough? Should I go with Sabrent instead?
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For QLC drives, this Intel 2TB is the only one that I'd consider because it still maintains decent write speed with large datasets. The SLC cache starts at 280GB and as the drive fills reduces to 24GB at minimum. That meets my needs for everyday use at a decent price point for 2TB of SSD storage.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13...nd-arrives

Also, Adorama charges $182 and has free expedited shipping (and shoprunner). If they don't collect tax for your state, you may come out ahead there.
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I'm looking for something I can use as a USB 3.1 external storage drive for RAW when dumping my camera away from home, as well as maybe some movies and games. Is this fast enough? Should I go with Sabrent instead?
I use it for that with an SSK enclosure... $28 on Amazon and good quality. very happy. Usb 3.1 speeds on my Mac
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I'm looking for something I can use as a USB 3.1 external storage drive for RAW when dumping my camera away from home, as well as maybe some movies and games. Is this fast enough? Should I go with Sabrent instead?
I have a 1 TB model with a Sabrent enclosure. It runs about 600-900 MB/S writes. I am very happy coming from a lacie rugged. That being said, I am waiting for a good deal on a Sebrent 2TB as another backup while on the road. That way I can edit off of it faster, not just have it as a storage dump.
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Is this the best 2tb nvme in this price range?
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Thanks all. Might swing at Adorama for the tax free. Appreciate the feedback on the SLC

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For QLC drives, this Intel 2TB is the only one that I'd consider because it still maintains decent write speed with large datasets. The SLC cache starts at 280GB and as the drive fills reduces to 24GB at minimum. That meets my needs for everyday use at a decent price point for 2TB of SSD storage.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13...nd-arrives

Also, Adorama charges $182 and has free expedited shipping (and shoprunner). If they don't collect tax for your state, you may come out ahead there.
when making use of the SLC do you need to format it any differently?
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Thanks all. Might swing at Adorama for the tax free. Appreciate the feedback on the SLC

when making use of the SLC do you need to format it any differently?
The SLC cache is managed automatically to keep up performance with lower cost QLC as more space is used on the drive. Even closer to capacity, it's enough for most user applications.

With a five year warranty from Intel, it's a good value for many that would like more storage in an M.2 NVMe SSD.
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The SLC cache is managed automatically to keep up performance with lower cost QLC as more space is used on the drive. Even closer to capacity, it's enough for most user applications.

With a five year warranty from Intel, it's a good value for many that would like more storage in an M.2 NVMe SSD.
good point on the warranty, and glad to hear it's automatic. For photo/video storage it sounds like more than enough. Thank you!
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I won't be buying any QLC drives until there are no better options on offer, regardless of price. It's like going back to bad old days of cheap MLC. I have a Samsung 830 on my desk now that is headed for the trash due to wearing even though it had a lazy life.
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The warranty is nothing in value compare with data loss. Intel reliability seems is good. I have bad experience with a data, although it's CS is good
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Is this the best 2tb nvme in this price range?
It's the ONLY 2tb NVME in the price range, so yes. If you are writing super huge files or just want the fastest PCIe 3 out there go with a Phison E12 + Toshiba 3D TLC drive such as the Sabrent Rocket or Inland Premium, or a number of other brands use this type of setup.
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I can't wait until these are 10TB.
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I can't wait until these are 10TB.
then dont.
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