Best secondary 2TB M.2 SSD?

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Is Intel 660P the best value secondary 2TB M.2 SSD on the market at the moment?

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  1. etern4l

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    Never use a QLC SSD as your boot drive, BUT if its gonna be holding games and one drive and other bulk storage like that, its perfect. The write caching system on QLC drives makes it suck for write heavy work loads, but if its all read? Hell yes its perfect.
     
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    Thanks, Anandtech review looks good too:

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/13078/the-intel-ssd-660p-ssd-review-qlc-nand-arrives/6


    Sabre Rocket 2TB might be a contender, however, there is basically no support material on their website (no drivers, firmware etc):

    https://www.sabrent.com/product/2tb...gh-performance-solid-state-drive/#description

    They don't even quote TBW reliability. Couldn't find a single "pro" review either. Amazon reviews are mixed. That said, it's just 25% more expensive than the 660p and quite a bit faster if it actually works.
     
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    Is it for write intensive work? There's Micron 1100 which sells rather quickly and its an OEM drive.
    If its just for storage and nothing very critical grab it.
     
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    Looks interesting but TBW is very low at 400 and M.2 2TB doesn't seem to be available in the UK.

    Getting the Corsair MP510. It's rates at 3700 TBW... SATA M.2 is dead.
     
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    My condolences on your dead M.2 port.
     
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    I hope the port is fine. I am just saying there is hardly any point getting a new SATA M.2 drive if NVME is also supported. Still, I guess it's nice the m15 still supports SATA on the second port in case someone has an old SSD they want to use.
     
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    SATA SSD are still relevant because NVMe drives throttle very quickly under 30 sec of heavy write IO while SATA maintain the same speeds for longer just because SATA3 restricts to 6Gb/s.
     
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    High end NVMe drives like 970 EVO don't throttle at all, and this budget Corsair throttles to "just" twice the max speed of SATA and is cheaper than 860 EVO.
     
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    Most M.2 throttle point is set to 70C including Samsung SSDs.
     
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