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Amazon has the Crucial 1TB X8 Portable SSD for $134.95, $30 less than directly from Crucial or the usual sites (Newegg, etc.). If your computer supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, this drive can perform about twice as fast as most other portable SSDs, like the Samsung T5 ($150 at this capacity).

Dimensions: 4.33 x 0.45 x 2.09 inch, weight 3.52 oz

Features:
- Incredible performance with read speeds up to 1050 MB/s
- Works with Windows, Mac, iPad Pro, Chromebook, Android, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One with USB-C 3. 1 Gen2 and USB-A connectors
- Durable design featuring an anodized aluminum core, drop proof up to 7. 5 feet, extreme-temperature, shock and vibration proof
- Includes a 3-year limited warranty
- Backed by Micron one of the largest manufacturers of flash storage in the world

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-1T...07YD5TK4F/

Reviews:
https://www.techradar.com/reviews...rtable-ssd
https://www.guru3d.com/articles-p...iew,1.html
https://dongknows.com/micron-cruc...sd-review/
https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews...index.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viENz9aeVnk
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Buyers Beware this encloses P1 SSD inside which are QLC, no long term high speed guaranteed.
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Actually no. That's not what he meant. Some SSDs have dram space for caching data to maintain throughput. Some don't. These....don't. Which means that once it's saturated from moving data to the drive it will slow down considerably, depending on the amount of data being written. If all you do is open spreadsheets and word docs then you wouldn't need this drive to begin with. But with some people's work flow when it comes to editing and moving large files then you wouldn't be buying this drive either.
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This was $126.65 briefly from crucial a few weeks ago. Speeds are great but reviews also do mention that the drive gets very hot.
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This was $126.65 briefly from crucial a few weeks ago. Speeds are great but reviews also do mention that the drive gets very hot.
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Buyers Beware this encloses P1 SSD inside which are QLC, no long term high speed guaranteed.
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Buyers Beware this encloses P1 SSD inside which are QLC, no long term high speed guaranteed.
I'll be honest, I don't know what this means, but seems ominous and I'll remember and pass.
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Is the Samsung T5 better?
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Is this good for PlayStation classic if I use powered otg?
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Will this work as expandable storage on a PS4?
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So tell me how much data do I need to read and write to reach this? How many years should I wait to even be in this situation?... A lot .. right? That it is almost insignificant to worry about.
Actually no. That's not what he meant. Some SSDs have dram space for caching data to maintain throughput. Some don't. These....don't. Which means that once it's saturated from moving data to the drive it will slow down considerably, depending on the amount of data being written. If all you do is open spreadsheets and word docs then you wouldn't need this drive to begin with. But with some people's work flow when it comes to editing and moving large files then you wouldn't be buying this drive either.
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4TB WD 5400 RPM portable drives are $80, I don't see anything slick about portable SSD's, maybe in 5 years it becomes the standard, but now? meh. You only need SSD's for boot/loading tasks. The main requirement in an external drive is reliability.
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So tell me how much data do I need to read and write to reach this? How many years should I wait to even be in this situation?... A lot .. right? That it is almost insignificant to worry about.
The P1 uses a variable size SLC write cache, so the concern is more:

1. Performance when the drive is close to full and the SLC write cache is small
2. Steady state performance on big writes

Check the attached image, we can see that when the drive is empty, the SLC write cache is about 150 GB. So you get about 150 GB of full speed performance, and then writes drop down to ~100MB/s steady state.

For most desktop use cases, I would call this a non-issue. Very rarely do most people need to write that much to a computer, at full SSD speeds. In a portable SSD, where, presumably, the intention is to copy large files back and forth, it can be much more of a problem.

For more info, read the AT review. https://www.anandtech.com/show/13...d-review/7
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Just FYI, this has an F in Fakespot
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4TB WD 5400 RPM portable drives are $80, I don't see anything slick about portable SSD's, maybe in 5 years it becomes the standard, but now? meh. You only need SSD's for boot/loading tasks. The main requirement in an external drive is reliability.
Some of us run external drives for virtual machines so booting / loading from external is important
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Is the Samsung T5 better?
T5 is more compact, but also pricier at the same capacity.

In terms of performance: most of the time the Crucial will be faster if you have a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port. If Gen 1 speed will be about the same. In some edge cases the Samsung could be faster due to using TLC rather than QLC, but in most normal uses the Crucial will come out ahead.

In terms of reliability Samsung and Crucial (Micron) are both excellent, they make their own SSDs.
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