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Without hopefully sounding mean, if you have to ask about a PCIE 4 NVMe drive versus a PCIE 3 NVMe drive that's reasonably cheaper, you should probably just get the cheaper drive. You're paying a premium for PCIE 4.0 and probably not using the difference in real world usage: it'll show up in benchmarks and that's about it. Unless you specifically know what you're buying a PCIE 4 NVMe drive for, even if you HAVE a compatible motherboard, chances are you won't notice the difference.

For gaming, for example, simply moving to basically any NVMe from a SATA SSD turns into massively diminishing returns, any speed differences between NVMe drives become essentially pointless when it comes to most games. Most game load time benchmarks show no difference between PCIE 3 drives and PCIE 4 drives, and of the ones that do it's usually less than a second: https://www.techpowerup.com/revie...000/3.html (for example)

While in theory a PCIE 4 drive might make a better scratch disk for Photoshop or something similar, that's more write performance bound which doesn't exceed the PCIE 3 bus speed anyway in pretty much all cases. Etc.
Brand new PCIe 4.0 version of the Rocket Q, without a huge premium compared to the "older" 3.0 version. QLC drive with Phison E16 controller. (Confirmed by Phison themselves. [facebook.com])
Check here: https://ssd.borecraft.com/SSD_Buying_Guide.pdf

Basically, this drive is better but whether you'll really need it is entirely up to your use case. Also keep in mind this is PCIe gen 4, so you'll need a motherboard that supports this speed,, many current ones are gen 3 which is still fast.

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Brand new PCIe 4.0 version of the Rocket Q, without a huge premium compared to the "older" 3.0 version. QLC drive with Phison E16 controller. (Confirmed by Phison themselves. [facebook.com])
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Has anyone found reviews of this specific drive?
It's confusing on newegg, because most people are talking about the (admittedly amazing) TLC version, but newegg mixes them in the same product page.
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Are there any usb enclosures that support pcie 4.0? Does this drive run hot / come with a heatsink?
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Can someone smarter than me (most anyone) tell me if this is better than the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD 1TB I bought for $129 (plus free 32gb flash drive)? It's for a primary drive.
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This or the adata deal for 124?
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any specs on TBW warranty? Can't find any reviews on it.
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Has anyone found reviews of this specific drive?
It's confusing on newegg, because most people are talking about the (admittedly amazing) TLC version, but newegg mixes them in the same product page.
On Amazon, since you can view all and then filter by "format", I found one review:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3ELY0R9RB8MS9/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B08F... [amazon.com]

Nicely, they included a CrystalDiskMark chart! It mostly simply falls in line with what could be expected from the specs. What's interesting is that the 4k random writes RND 4K Q32T16 holds up in speed, compared to the TLC version.

It would be interesting to see how sequential writes do when the cache is exhausted.
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TU! Bought the 2tb with heatsink. Yeah its overkill, but I wanted it
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Can someone smarter than me (most anyone) tell me if this is better than the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD 1TB I bought for $129 (plus free 32gb flash drive)? It's for a primary drive.
Check here: https://ssd.borecraft.com/SSD_Buying_Guide.pdf

Basically, this drive is better but whether you'll really need it is entirely up to your use case. Also keep in mind this is PCIe gen 4, so you'll need a motherboard that supports this speed,, many current ones are gen 3 which is still fast.
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Can someone smarter than me (most anyone) tell me if this is better than the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD 1TB I bought for $129 (plus free 32gb flash drive)? It's for a primary drive.
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This or the adata deal for 124?
Without hopefully sounding mean, if you have to ask about a PCIE 4 NVMe drive versus a PCIE 3 NVMe drive that's reasonably cheaper, you should probably just get the cheaper drive. You're paying a premium for PCIE 4.0 and probably not using the difference in real world usage: it'll show up in benchmarks and that's about it. Unless you specifically know what you're buying a PCIE 4 NVMe drive for, even if you HAVE a compatible motherboard, chances are you won't notice the difference.

For gaming, for example, simply moving to basically any NVMe from a SATA SSD turns into massively diminishing returns, any speed differences between NVMe drives become essentially pointless when it comes to most games. Most game load time benchmarks show no difference between PCIE 3 drives and PCIE 4 drives, and of the ones that do it's usually less than a second: https://www.techpowerup.com/revie...000/3.html (for example)

While in theory a PCIE 4 drive might make a better scratch disk for Photoshop or something similar, that's more write performance bound which doesn't exceed the PCIE 3 bus speed anyway in pretty much all cases. Etc.
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Can someone smarter than me (most anyone) tell me if this is better than the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD 1TB I bought for $129 (plus free 32gb flash drive)? It's for a primary drive.
Short answer is no. The blue is better. Both prices arent good. Both should be close to $100 even.


Not sure I understand making a budget drive x4 and charging more than a higher level x3 drive. Not sure the extra requirements right now for the x4 are worth it on a budget drive that most likely wont use the extra bandwidth.
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No not mean at all. I'm just still learning about what to look for in an nvme. This helped a lot. I was just debating on if going from 3.0 to 4.0 was worth the extra 20-30 dollars. This would be for a boot drive. So if I'm not going to see real world gains, there's no point in spending the extra cash. Thanks!
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