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Great drive great price. These have Dram and have generally great speeds, used dozens of them in build with no problems.
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A SSD without DRAM can still be great. One example, Toshiba "Q Series Pro" line of SSD. I've been using three of them as OS drive since 2015 (two 128GB as C drive and D drive in one PC, and one 256GB as C drive in another).

Their secret recipe is called "full disk caching". The user will need to keep at least 50% of the free disk space. The SSD uses the whole free space as its DRAM. It worked out great for me.
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This Teamgroup SSD had DRAM.
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Good price, lower SSD prices are a bright spot in 2020.
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97 for 1TB on Amazon!
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A SSD without DRAM can still be great. One example, Toshiba "Q Series Pro" line of SSD. I've been using three of them as OS drive since 2015 (two 128GB as C drive and D drive in one PC, and one 256GB as C drive in another).

Their secret recipe is called "full disk caching". The user will need to keep at least 50% of the free disk space. The SSD uses the whole free space as its DRAM. It worked out great for me.

Doesn't that make it a very expensive drive if 50% needs to be free for it work like an SSD with DRAM?
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97 for 1TB on Amazon!

Which puts it on par with the MX500 1TB... one of the best performing SSDs currently from a US company with a 5 year warranty.
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I got this from newegg during tough times for 100 bucks when recognized brand ssds were more than 150+ bucks. It is going strong as a main for my game addict brother for 2.5 years. Its performance was on par with sata SSD 5 from Intel based on Crystal Mark results I have done myself. I also have 240gb version of it still works.
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Doesn't that make it a very expensive drive if 50% needs to be free for it work like an SSD with DRAM?
You can use 100% of the SSD. Only if you fill more than 50%, the SLC cache will drop to 5GB which is still big enough for normal usage. If you use less than 50% of the drive, the other 50% or more is all SLC cache. That's Toshiba's secret recipe for not using DRAM. Toshiba knows how to build SSD.

On the price, I paid $30 each for the two 128GB in 2015, and a year later $55 for the 256GB. At $55, I think I can afford only using 50% of the space. The bulk of my data is on the 8TB hard drives. I'm keeping an eye out for the $200 14TB hard drive deal.
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You can use 100% of the SSD. Only if you fill more than 50%, the SLC cache will drop to 5GB which is still big enough for normal usage. If you use less than 50% of the drive, the other 50% or more is all SLC cache. That's Toshiba's secret recipe for not using DRAM. Toshiba knows how to build SSD.

On the price, I paid $30 each for the two 128GB in 2015, and a year later $55 for the 256GB. At $55, I think I can afford only using 50% of the space. The bulk of my data is on the 8TB hard drives. I'm keeping an eye out for the $200 14TB hard drive deal.
You shouldn't fill any SSD to capacity for extended periods of time, especially in systems where writes are as voluminous as reads.

Most TRIM algorithms rely on this free space to perform bit shifts and other maintenance tasks that prolong the life of the drive.

It would be nice if NAND manufacturers included a buffer capacity for each NAND chip, like the gas tank in a car or a lithium ion battery. But I doubt they'd ever advertise it since someone would just hack it for free storage space.
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coupon code only brings it down to $50.39 for me
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