I have a soft spot for the Samsung 970, Pro or EVO. Both are good.
I haven’t tried the 980 yet but I assume it will be great.
Otherwise, the absolute best and what I’m using in two systems now, but honestly not primarily for gaming, Intel Optane 905p PCIe cards. They’re like, 10x better at queue depth 1 IOPS than anything else except RAM drives.
Can’t really recommend Optane for gaming because the price to benefit is bad for that. But it really is the next level in storage performance.
Most gaming operations aren’t that dependent on NVMe performance so it hardly matters at the moment. I assume that after developers get used to the consoles streaming game assets directly into video RAM that will change. That hardly matters for now because to support that we’re going to need even newer drives than the Samsung 980. The generation after that will probably have programmable priority levels, automatic stream decompression and encryption.
I read somewhere NVMe server drives are going that way as part of the per-VM encrypted RAM. Encrypted NVMe straight to encrypted RAM using the same keys. And consoles too, for DRM. And then soon after that, full support in consumer systems.
So anyway whatever you get now there will be better, improved stuff in five years.
Hey, well for gaming there is no reason to go for a gen4 drive, I’d consider getting one of the overall best P/P options, like SX8200PRO or EX950, maybe Mushkin Pilot-E or team Z340.
You don’t need a commercial level flash for gaming, just get MLC/TLC.
Optane is a cache drive, I wouldn’t use it for storing files, that’s a waste of money.
As for your considered options, Hynix drives are solid options, Samsung generally is only worth getting if it’s used for productivity, aka it pays for itself, and well Sabrent is the cheap company a lot of people seem to like, personally, I don’t recommend getting Toshiba NAND as it’s unreliable, but all of the cheapest options on market use them.
will this be just games or the os as well? if its just for games grab a intel 665p and spend the money saved on more games. if its for the os as well then i’d look at the adata sx8200 pro (if budget matters) or a wd black or samsung 970 evo if its not super tight. the samsung 980’s (pcie 4.0) look to be much faster than the 970 (pcie 3.0) and all the phison e16 based nvme’s
I recently switched from a Samsung 960PRO to a Crucial MX500 s-ata SSD. Because I wanted to virtualize and passthrough some hardware, and it could only be done with a NVME drive, and I only have 1. My Ubuntu desktop felt a little bit snappier with the Samsung. Booting and starting applications is just a little bit slower with the Crucial.
I would choose Samsung for my next NVME SSD. The really deliver for real world performance. The Sabrent looks good in paper, but I don’t know if they really can outperform Samsung.
Intel Optane seems to be a internet hype to me. Nobody really has one and everybody repeats that is so great. But googling for reviews, the latest seem to be from 2018. I haven’t seem them being included in the latest Samsung 980 PRO reviews.
The 2TB Samsung 970PRO is a really good drive. So is the 1TB 980PRO, the 2TB 980PRO is coming later this year.
So if you read the review then you should understand that it’s best application is caching, it’s high IOPS allow for using it as RAM extension, personally, I don’t understand why Tweaktown used SX8200 and not the pro and ex920 and not the ex950 for comparisons as those drives would beat the 905p in Read and Write speeds and would be closer in IOPS as well, in any case it’s not a consumer drive.
The 905p is comparable to many SLC and MLC drives used in industry with both endurance and IOPS.
I thought you where referring to the small Optane drives to combine with a HDD. My bad.
Caching might be its best application indeed, but al lot of users are thinking about Optane as a regular SSD to use in their systems. Because of its overall performance and latency. It has this reputation on the internet I think.
I think you make the right analysis about the Optane drive.
I didn’t know the HP drive you are mentioning, interesting.
You (stratego) seem to be not so positive to recommend the Samsung drive, why?
Samsung drives are good, they are just poor value for consumers, you don’t require the additional endurance they warrant you and the overall performance is comparable to ADATA, Crucial, HP and Hynix SSDs. In the end only people that actually benefit from Samsung’s drives are Prosumers and Professionals, if the drive doesn’t make you money it’s not worth the additional expenditure.