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Crucial P5 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD, up to 6600MB/s NZ$362.41 Shipped (US$239.82) @ Amazon US (Late May Delivery)


The Crucial P5 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 3D NAND NVMe M.2 Gaming SSD, up to 6600MB/s - CT2000P5PSSD8 is down to US$199.99 which means after GST and shipping it ends up NZ$362.41 with Amazon's currency conversion (US$239.82). Note by current estimates, it won't ship for 2-3 weeks so if you order now it won't reach here until May 16 - May 25th.

This is a high end consumer PCIe gen 4 NVMe with what you expect from such an SSD i.e. TLC with SLC cache and DRAM. Biggest disadvantage IMO is it runs hot and also uses a lot of power so probably isn't the best option for a laptop or a very small system. Some reviews https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/9992/crucial-p5-plus-2tb-s... and https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crucial-p5-plus-m2-nvme... . As with SSDs, when looking at reviews make sure you're comparing the capacity of interest. Due to differences in NAND density and controller saturation, a 1TB and 2TB SSD may not perform the same, nor may relative performance between different models be the same.

While the WD SN850, Samsung 980 Pro and anything E18+Micron 176L (Seagate FireCuda 530 etc) may be better, there they're generally a bit dearer in deals available to NZ whereas this isn't much more than the high end generation 3 SSDs like the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. However prices have been coming down for the generation 4 SSDs.

Also performance wise, while sequential speeds don't match the top current gen 4 SSDs (WD SN850, Samsung 980 Pro and anything E18+Micron 176L) it does have good random and mixed performance so can still do well in application benchmarks. Note it uses the same Micron 176L NAND as the E18+176L SSDs that get rave reviews but uses Micron/Crucial's proprietary controller that doesn't seem as good as the Phison E18.

IMO it's a better SSD than the E18+Micron 96L SSDs although others may disagree. Except for specific use cases, it's well better than the E16+Kioxia 96L SSDs that are the most common cheap gen 4 SSD. Notably, outside power usage and heat, this will generally always be better or the same as the best generation 3 SSDs which IMO can't always be said for the E16. (Because of differences in SLC caching strategies etc, I'm sure you can find specific scenarios where the E16 or other SSDs are better.)

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    Hmm, all my systems are Gen 3. I can get a 970 Evo 2Tb for $350 with a full local warranty.

    Decisions decisions…

  • The 2TB is definitely good value and a sharp price from Amazon.

    But if your'e poor like me and have a wife that doesn't agree with gaming, PB Tech has the 500GB variant for $135 and the 1TB for $229 (ends in 4 days)

    Upgrading to Rocket Lake so grabbed a 500GB to use as my game drive.

    • what cpu?, im still rocking a 9700k but the improvements are not enough to upgrade yet.
      For $86 more you can get it here with the 5 year warranty.

      • Going from a 7700k to a 11400f, 11th gen cpus seemed to be good value for money.

        • If you mean as an upgrade to your existing pc it won't be compatible as different gens use different motherboards. Also, I heard the 12th gens are good value for money, due to a large jump in performance plus efficiency cores in higher end and modern architecture. 11400f is comparable to the 12100f unless you need higher than 4 cores for multicore performance.

          • @Bill: Lol of course, just upgrading the CPU, MB, GPU and AIO.

            Too poor to upgrade the rest, so have to keep the current case, PSU and RAM.

        • i wanted to get a 11400f but i got annoyed with which motherboards supported the power limits, if you get one that supports 140w then you will get good performance.

          • @coffeee: I chose 11th gen over 12th gen because of budget and a larger selection of MB's, ended up getting a Z590 board.
            I saw the comments regarding bumping the power limits. I am noobish when it comes to messing with BIOs, about the most I would do is change the XMP.

            • @dandanboy: thats fine, the z series board will support higher power draw.

              • @coffeee: Will probably give it a go, bought a 280mm AIO so hopefully will help with cooling.

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