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ADATA Swordfish 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVME TLC DRAMless $94.99

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It's relatively cheap because the speeds are relatively slow for an NVME drive (1800 MB/s Read/1200 MB/s Write). For reference, their "Falcon" variant is $104 and ups the speeds to 3100 MB/s Read/1500 MB/s write, making it the better value between the two models.

If you're just looking for an alternative to a SATA 3 SSD drive, then either of these will be faster; for reference, a good SATA 3 SSD will do like ~500 MB/s Read and Write. But if you're looking to buy an NVME drive for actual NVME-use cases, you'll want to look elsewhere. A good PCI-E 3 NVME drive should pump out ~3000 MB/s Read and Write.

Again, depends on what you need. You're going to pay more for more speed. But I think 1800/1200 MB/s is pretty slow for an NVME drive.

Examples of better values for around the same price:

- https://www.amazon.com/Blue-SN550...748&sr=8-8

- https://www.amazon.com/XPG-SX8200...48&sr=8-11

- https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Ro...748&sr=8-9
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It's relatively cheap because the speeds are relatively slow for an NVME drive (1800 MB/s Read/1200 MB/s Write). For reference, their "Falcon" variant is $104 and ups the speeds to 3100 MB/s Read/1500 MB/s write, making it the better value between the two models.

If you're just looking for an alternative to a SATA 3 SSD drive, then either of these will be faster; for reference, a good SATA 3 SSD will do like ~500 MB/s Read and Write. But if you're looking to buy an NVME drive for actual NVME-use cases, you'll want to look elsewhere. A good PCI-E 3 NVME drive should pump out ~3000 MB/s Read and Write.

Again, depends on what you need. You're going to pay more for more speed. But I think 1800/1200 MB/s is pretty slow for an NVME drive.

Examples of better values for around the same price:

- https://www.amazon.com/Blue-SN550...748&sr=8-8 [amazon.com]

- https://www.amazon.com/XPG-SX8200...48&sr=8-11 [amazon.com]

- https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Ro...748&sr=8-9 [amazon.com]
or just go for their top of the line SX8200 Pro with 3500/3000 speed for like $120
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Really appreciate that that thread title included the mention of DRAM-less since that's always one of the first things I always find myself researching on these offers. There are actually a bunch of other tricks manufacturers are using now, such as running unused space as a pseudo-SLC cache (which becomes impossible as the drive fills up, lowering performance), but this key feature (DRAM cache) still tends to separate the high-end (and higher-priced) models from bargain entry-level units.

Being DRAM-less doesn't make this broken, but certainly does impart a specific performance cap from other SSDs which is critical when evaluating the deal on offer.

Good luck!
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I have the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB ProductFRED mentioned. Its insanely fast and $10 off right now. Bout mine on sale at $108 but still worth every penny of $119
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Without dram this should be $80...
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