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Samsung T7 Portable USB 3.2 SSD Drive - 500GB $79.99

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Amazon now has the Samsung T7 portable USB 3.2 SSD Drive in 500GB capacity on sale for $79.99
  • Reads up to 1,050 MB/s / Writes up to 1,000 MB/s on USB 3.2 gen 2 supported devices
  • Multi-device compatible
  • USB Type C-to-C and C-to-A cable included.
  • Gray, Blue, or Red available for $79.99

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Good price on top Samsung - but no warranty info on page.

Lately it pays to check carefully.
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They have the same price on Samsung's website just an FYI:

https://www.samsung.com/us/comput...pc500t-am/

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Haven't seen USB 3.2 before
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For what it is worth.
I just got 7 of these for work a couple of weeks ago to help with data migration of computer replacements.

It is much faster/better than using an external spinning drive and smaller and lighter than it looks in the pictures.

We have not used external drives in a while, but instead large USB thumb drives. This is also much faster than even the USB 3 thumb drives. So it was a very much worth while purchase for us.
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If only at least 1tb, id be all over it.
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Too small need at least 1TB to be consider.
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My SSD on my computer is getting maxed from Steam games. How would the performance be if I started saving the games to this?
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My SSD on my computer is getting maxed from Steam games. How would the performance be if I started saving the games to this?
It's faster then a standard SATA SSD (which is 540 MB/sec, this is ~1040 MB/sec) so it will be plenty fast for even AAA games. The bottleneck will be your CPU/GPU before it becomes playing off this external SSD
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If you have a 2016+ MacBook Line they all feature Thunderbolt 3 which allows for the full 1050 mb/s.

If you are just using USB-A or a slower USB-C protocol on a non-mac device you likely will only get the 540 mb/s speed. This is the same threshold the T5 or other SATA SSD's are limited to, unfortunately Samsung no longer appears to make them so getting them cheap is limited.


Only concern with the T7 over the T5 is that a few Amazon reviews report it getting really hot. One photo shows it hitting ~100F vs ~87F on the T5. Likely will get on regardless to try it out. I found my Crucial NVME SSD got wicked hot, so might just be inherent to NVME technology.
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For what it is worth.
I just got 7 of these for work a couple of weeks ago to help with data migration of computer replacements.

It is much faster/better than using an external spinning drive and smaller and lighter than it looks in the pictures.

We have not used external drives in a while, but instead large USB thumb drives. This is also much faster than even the USB 3 thumb drives. So it was a very much worth while purchase for us.
Have you noticed any issues with heat? A few Amazon review report it being really hot and my Curcial NVME external SSD gets disgustingly hot.
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In general all these kind of devices get hot, I cant think of one that would be better than this to get rid of the heat since its all aluminum so the entire thing is like a heatsink.

I personally have only moved like 50gb at a time and for that it didn't even get warm, but if you dump 400gb I am sure it would get hot.

I personally know when I am going to put a heavy load on something and compensate. For example I have 256 and 500gb micro sd cards, if I am flashing an image on them I actually point a little usb desk fan at them to give them active cooling.
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Have you noticed any issues with heat? A few Amazon review report it being really hot and my Curcial NVME external SSD gets disgustingly hot.
NVME drives are just toasty. My NVME m.2 slot on my motherboard has a built in heat sink. The m.2 sata slot is open air.
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Haven't seen USB 3.2 before
Hah!
You are in for a frustrating rabbit hole my friend.
The USB standards body (USB-IF) has spent the past two years royally @#$%ing up the naming scheme and constantly rebranding the same standards with different "newer sounding" names. because despite what you would think they exist to do (ratify new standards and layout clear naming for the consumer) what they actually exist to do is purposely convolute the naming scheme to confuse consumers so that the companies and PC makers participating can unethically advertise their aging products with newer sounding standards without actually upgrading anything.
Ex: USB 3.0 became USB 3.1 (Gen 1) which then became USB 3.2 (Gen 1).
Obviously designed with full knowledge that no one is going to bother with a name that long and truncate their branding down to "USB 3.2", despite the fact that USB 3.2 now means anywhere from USB 3.0 (5Gbit/s) to USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbit/s) and everything in between.
So now, companies can sell a crappy port standard, released in 2008 alongside an identically named standard developed in 2019.
And if you aren't done yet, you can read up on USB4 (with the space purposely taken out for branding) and Thunderbolt 3 merging. But ALSO Thunderbolt 4 coming to market with identical specs as Thunderbolt 3, just without the shady, spec breaking tricks companies have been pulling by calling a port TB3, but only supporting half the PCIe lanes (20Gbit/s instead of 40Gbit/s), no PC charging, one instead of two 4K displays, and a few other features proper TB3 had, but weren't being enforced across the industry.
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