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  1. Quikj

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    HWINFO says Chi Mei [Unknown Model: CMN15F6]
     
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    Anyone with OLED seeing flickering in gray areas on a dim screen? Looks like a bunch of slightly dimmer and brighter horizontal lines jumping around in the gray areas.

    It goes away when there's anything bright on screen, and it goes away for a few seconds when I change brightness (but then comes back). It also goes away permanently when running on battery...

    I've tried multiple AC adapters. I'm thinking bad power circuitry in the motherboard.

    Go figure, this unit was a replacement for one with a bad heatsink...
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    For secondary storage M.2 SATA SSD offer best value and are much faster than cheaper NVMe QLC drives.
     
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    Aivxtla Notebook Evangelist

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    Or you can get the Microcenter branded (Inland) 1TB TLC nVME SSD for like $99. Or even the Sabrent Rocket ~$130-140 with a Phison E12 controller.
    https://www.microcenter.com/product...pcie-nvme-gen-3-x2-internal-solid-state-drive


    And if you want 2TB drives there are other TLC drives that perform much faster than the 660p for only 40-50% increase in price. ie HP 950 EX, Sabrent Rocket, Mydigital BPX etc.

    The Intel 760p and 660p drives aren’t really a good value at all compared to the competition from both a performance or endurance standpoint. And if I recall I believe they have much longer idle to wake latency as well.

    Even Intel’s 760P TLC line 1 TB drive isn’t all that great price to performance wise. Like $20 more and you get a 1TB Samsung EVO Plus which can sustain about 1.2-1.5 GB/s even after the SLC cache is saturated.
     
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    Thanks for your suggestions. I'm looking specifically for a 2TB drive, hence the conundrum. Sure, 970 EVO Plus rules the high end value-wise, however it runs quite hot and uses a lot of power.

    Couldn't find the 2TB variant of HP 950 EX or Mydigitalssd. The Sabrent briefly caught my eye before, I dismissed it on unfamiliar brand grounds. There are basically no support materials on their website:

    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 massively faster if it works. Looks like a dice roll, but will poke around it a bit more.
     
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    The Anandtech review doesn't seem to corroborate that.
     
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    @etern4l Here are the 2TB Corsair MP510, MydigitalSSD and HP950 price links.

    The Corsair MP510 is probably the best non Samsung TLC drive at least from a few reviews I’ve seen. Infact it can go head to head with the regular non plus 970 EVO. It’s got excellent reviews. It’s also using a Phison E12 controller and Toshiba NAND like the Sabrent.

    https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Force-MP510-1920GB-Storage/dp/B07HR5PN9Q
    $299.99

    https://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-80mm-2280-S3-M-Express-960GB/dp/B07F992T5F?th=1&psc=1
    $329.99

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newegg.com/amp/hp-ex950-2tb/p/N82E16820326181
    $306.99


    Note that you can at times get both MyDigitalSSD and HP drives for a little lower pricing, the 950 was around $290-299 on Newegg a few weeks back.
     
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