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Inland Platinum 2TB QLC NVME m.2 SSD $189.99

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Microcenter is selling this for $199.99 at their own site. It's available for pre-order on Amazon for $189.99. I bought one for secondary storage as 1 TB was not cutting it anymore. I've been using their TLC-based NVMD SSDs without any issues so far.

It's a brand new NVME drive from Inland (Microcenter). Don't confuse it with the other 2TB Inland Professional SSD which is their 1st QLC NVME m.2 but spec'd for 1800 read/1500 writes. This drive is touting nearly 2x better speeds.

PCIe gen 3.0
2 TB capacity
3400 read / 3000 write
QLC NAND flash
Unsure of which controller?
Must have a SLC cache given these speeds, but unsure?
3 yr warranty via Microcenter (no TBW warranty spec found?)
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These read/write speeds definitely appear to be SLC-like performance. I doubt it's actual discrete SLC flash, per se, as what these QLC drives' controllers will usually do is store 1-bit per cell as long as capacity permits, effectively treating the QLC flash has SLC. As the drive fills up, there will be fewer cells available to operate as a "SLC cache" effectively reducing performance.

Microcenter's website pegs its write endurance at 200TBW [], which is pretty awful for a 2TB drive. Not ideal for prosumer use (e.g. video editing or frequent large write operations), completely fine for regular home use and gamers. For example, I currently run a QLC-based NVMe (Crucial P1) as my OS drive in my daily driver; my workloads are primarily gaming, web-browsing, and Photoshop. At my current pace my annual TBW per year is 10TBW (as indicated in CrystalDiskInfo), so it would take me about 20 years to reach the 200TBW threshold of this drive. Fair to say that's acceptable for me, but your use cases may vary.

Overall, I'd say this is a decent deal for high capacity NVMe drive if you're not the kind of user who plans to fill up this SSD. Comparable 2TB TLC-based NVMe drives are about $30-40 more, if it's worth that to you to avoid the "gotchas" associated with QLC flash.
Last edited by spartanvi September 22, 2020 at 02:07 PM.
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What is so "platinum" about qlc, lol?
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