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Old March 14, 2019, 09:18 AM
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https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/14/...vme-ssd-cheap/


they're essentially running at PCIe x2, so fast enough for the price. alas, the capacity maxes out at 500GB, which is the pits.
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Where i'd like to see these is to build say a mini nvme only NAS. Say a mini synology that is around the size of a 3.5in HDD enclosure with 4 of these inside of it. A mini+mobile NAS like that could be quite handy in some situations.
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Hrmmmm.... they're basically 3X the speed of a Sata SSD. I sure as hell hope the intention isn't to replace the market for Sata SSDs with these, as in most cases the big market for Sata SSDs these days is as secondary storage in a laptop that's sporting a primary M.2 NVMe drive.

If I wanted a "slow" NVMe based on lower price, I'd be inclined to recommend the Intel 660p series.

Double Hrmmmm..... the prices they're quoting aren't even close to what they'd need to be for value... $78 is pretty much exactly on par with the current HP EX920 deal and that's twice as fast as this particular drive.
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Where i'd like to see these is to build say a mini nvme only NAS. Say a mini synology that is around the size of a 3.5in HDD enclosure with 4 of these inside of it. A mini+mobile NAS like that could be quite handy in some situations.
1st before anything like this though, 10Gb ethernet needs to become dirt cheap and standard. Network is currently the #1 speed bottleneck for network storage.
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1st before anything like this though, 10Gb ethernet needs to become dirt cheap and standard. Network is currently the #1 speed bottleneck for network storage.
True, I did stop buying cat5 cabling though and have been only rigging up cat6 as the cable isn't so bad to buy. But a proper 10G switch and stuff isn't quite there in price yet let alone the rest of it.
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660p's have terrible performance though, so they would only be good for storage purposes. the 660p best feature is you can buy a 2TB option...just needs to be a better price.
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660p's have terrible performance though, so they would only be good for storage purposes. the 660p best feature is you can buy a 2TB option...just needs to be a better price.
They don't have worse performance than these drives would.... they come in at somewhere around 4X Sata speeds vice 3X and also benefit from the Intel brand on a proven platform.

That said.... with well performing storage options coming down drastically in price, this almost sounds like the argument for cheap(er) cacheless Sata SSDs based on the fact that they're 3 or 4X faster than mechanical drives.... once prices come down as low as they appear to be going... it honestly wouldn't make sense to recommend one of these if it comes down to an extra $10/TB for a significant improvement in performance.
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I think this is a good call. Motherboards will have to start adding mor NVMe in the next couple gen. Pricing will be everything though. It kind of finds itself notably faster than data, but notably slower that the high end. That said, if it performs as advertised and is priced well I think it would be a great ssd for the general population.
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They don't have worse performance than these drives would.... they come in at somewhere around 4X Sata speeds vice 3X and also benefit from the Intel brand on a proven platform.

That said.... with well performing storage options coming down drastically in price, this almost sounds like the argument for cheap(er) cacheless Sata SSDs based on the fact that they're 3 or 4X faster than mechanical drives.... once prices come down as low as they appear to be going... it honestly wouldn't make sense to recommend one of these if it comes down to an extra $10/TB for a significant improvement in performance.
Vortex likes to link to a review by Linus that shows the 660p performance often falls below that of SATA. that's likely due to immature firmware and is probably better now...but who knows.
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1st before anything like this though, 10Gb ethernet needs to become dirt cheap and standard. Network is currently the #1 speed bottleneck for network storage.
Indeed : my 2.5" external drive on usb 3.0 tops around 120 MB/s and that is a single drive.
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