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Crucial 500Gb X8 External NVMe SSD $79.95

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Crucial [crucial.com] has the 500Gb Crucial X8 portable SSD on sale for $80

This uses NVMe (~1000 mb/s) as opposed to SATA (~450 mb/s) while being the same price as an external SATA SSD.

You will need a compatible USB-C port on your computer to take advantage of NVMe speeds, otherwise it will be limited to SATA speeds.
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This is a really solid deal considering most 500Gb external NVMe SSD's are $150-200 while SATA SSD's are $80-90 (ie. Samsung T5, Sandisk Extreme)

This lets you grab a drive twice the speed but the same price as an external SATA SSD.

Includes 3 year warranty.
Amazon won't deliver till April 22 (likely b/c of COVID)
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90 day average price on amazon = $112.88
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Keep in mind that in order for the drive to reach anything close to advertised "up to 1025 MB/s" your device has to support at least 10 GBps (or USB-C gen 2/usb 3.2) most of usb-c included in lower end laptops are only 5 GBps which maxes out at 625MB/s (realistic speeds are probably around 500MB/s. WD also offers one at even cheaper price ($73) if you don't mind slightly bulkier size and don't have that 10Gb/s usb-c WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MVWJ...EEbKQM9XFH
For some who get confused by this Gbps vs MB/s you can just divide Gbps count by 8 (bits) to get bytes (MB).
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Same price B&H
$2 more at Newegg
These are prob better options for some ppl
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Anyone have any idea what the power draw is on one of these under load? Considering one for my raspberry pie.
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Also on Amazon, but mods removed that link
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Same price B&H
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Keep in mind that in order for the drive to reach anything close to advertised "up to 1025 MB/s" your device has to support at least 10 GBps (or USB-C gen 2/usb 3.2) most of usb-c included in lower end laptops are only 5 GBps which maxes out at 625MB/s (realistic speeds are probably around 500MB/s. WD also offers one at even cheaper price ($73) if you don't mind slightly bulkier size and don't have that 10Gb/s usb-c WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MVWJ...EEbKQM9XFH
For some who get confused by this Gbps vs MB/s you can just divide Gbps count by 8 (bits) to get bytes (MB).
Not exactly. To convert from Gbps to MB, you would multiply Gbps by 125. Meaning, 8 Gbps would be 1000MB/s
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Keep in mind that in order for the drive to reach anything close to advertised "up to 1025 MB/s" your device has to support at least 10 GBps (or USB-C gen 2/usb 3.2) most of usb-c included in lower end laptops are only 5 GBps which maxes out at 625MB/s (realistic speeds are probably around 500MB/s. WD also offers one at even cheaper price ($73) if you don't mind slightly bulkier size and don't have that 10Gb/s usb-c WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MVWJ...EEbKQM9XFH [amazon.com]
For some who get confused by this Gbps vs MB/s you can just divide Gbps count by 8 (bits) to get bytes (MB).
This is correct. The primary people to benefit from this is those with recent (2016 onward) MacBook's as they feature Thunderbolt 3.

Otherwise if your PC just has USB-C or USB-A 3.1 it likely will only handle SATA speeds and this drive isn't necessary. However b/c its the same price as SATA SSD's it seems like a solid buy for future proofing.

The drive you linked is really gimped though for the price, for only ~$5 more you can grab the offers from Seagate and Sandisk that hit ~500 Mb/s as opposed to ~250. Again if your computer is old and only supports USB 3.0 then you wouldn't be able to take advantage of full SATA speeds.
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This is correct. The primary people to benefit from this is those with recent (2016 onward) MacBook's as they feature Thunderbolt 3.

Otherwise if your PC just has USB-C or USB-A 3.1 it likely will only handle SATA speeds and this drive isn't necessary. However b/c its the same price as SATA SSD's it seems like a solid buy for future proofing.

The drive you linked is really gimped though for the price, for only ~$5 more you can grab the offers from Seagate and Sandisk that hit ~500 Mb/s as opposed to ~250. Again if your computer is old and only supports USB 3.0 then you wouldn't be able to take advantage of full SATA speeds.
Most of the popular ultrabooks also have TB3.. XPS 13, Spectre x360, Lenovo X1, etc. Just didn't want your comment to sound like only macs have this.
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i need a cheap internal 2.5" drive.

what's up with all the price fixing though
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I am considering getting this to shuck and swap with my 250gb NVMe on my laptop. Anyone know how difficult they made to open the case?
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I am considering getting this to shuck and swap with my 250gb NVMe on my laptop. Anyone know how difficult they made to open the case?
Reddit came through on an answer:

DarkPrinny

"Yes. Use the ifixit kit, two steel thin spades to go across the seam on the end pieces, they will pop out but requires a lot of force. The circuit board slides out, just unscrew the nvme ssd"

He was referring to the 1TB Crucial X8 but I assume the process would be the same for this one. Amazon.ca had them for $52 3 months ago, now that was slick!!
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Keep in mind that in order for the drive to reach anything close to advertised "up to 1025 MB/s" your device has to support at least 10 GBps (or USB-C gen 2/usb 3.2) most of usb-c included in lower end laptops are only 5 GBps which maxes out at 625MB/s (realistic speeds are probably around 500MB/s. WD also offers one at even cheaper price ($73) if you don't mind slightly bulkier size and don't have that 10Gb/s usb-c WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MVWJ...EEbKQM9XFH
For some who get confused by this Gbps vs MB/s you can just divide Gbps count by 8 (bits) to get bytes (MB).
I was just about to say this. Thank you so much for informing people of the throughput capability when it comes to USB. IMO, this is overkill for a lot of people at the moment, but you can future proof, if you want. worshipPeace
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Keep in mind that in order for the drive to reach anything close to advertised "up to 1025 MB/s" your device has to support at least 10 GBps (or USB-C gen 2/usb 3.2) most of usb-c included in lower end laptops are only 5 GBps which maxes out at 625MB/s (realistic speeds are probably around 500MB/s. WD also offers one at even cheaper price ($73) if you don't mind slightly bulkier size and don't have that 10Gb/s usb-c WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MVWJ...EEbKQM9XFH
For some who get confused by this Gbps vs MB/s you can just divide Gbps count by 8 (bits) to get bytes (MB).
For the small difference in price you should probably buy the Crucial drive, even though you don't have a computer now that can take advantage of the higher speed. This would future proof you if you upgrade to a computer that can perform at the maximum speed.
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