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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello. I have a 13” MacBook Air (Early 2015) model which I bought during my college days which has only 128 GB internal storage. 128 GB was less and I didn’t want to spend as much money for the 256 GB upgrade, so since then I was using a Samsung Evo Plus 128 GB microSDXC card. I want to learn Photoshop now and when I installed the software, Photoshop kept saying that there isn’t space for caching. I cleared storage on my Mac but there was only so much that I could delete. I am also trying to learn Final Cut Pro X, so I installed the trial 2 days ago, and when I was trying to use it, I quickly ran out of space on the internal SSD. So I deleted the rendered files and the cache, and tried putting it on the 128 GB microSDXC card since I get a write of around 85 MB/s and read of 90-100 MB/s on it. That didn’t work for Photoshop and that only made the entire FCPX experience a lot slower.

 

So I looked around a bit and found people suggesting to get an external SSD. I wanted to get the T5 from Samsung but that was way too expensive for my budget at the moment. I had an old Transcend 2.5” internal HDD/SSD enclosure casing. So I decided to buy an internal SSD and use the Transcend enclosure. Now, I want to keep the cost as low as possible, so I am considering only the cheapest SSDs out there right now. My choices currently are the WD Green 240 GB (SATA 3 Interface one), Kingston A400 240 GB and Crucial BX500 240 GB 3D NAND SATA. I looked at their spec-sheet but couldn’t make much out of it because the terms look very similar. Of the three, which do you think will offer the best performance in my particular case scenario?

 

TL;DR: I need to buy a 2.5” SSD that I can use with my Transcend internal HDD/SSD enclosure and choices are the WD Green 240 GB (SATA 3 Interface one), Kingston A400 240 GB and Crucial BX500 240 GB 3D NAND SATA due to their low cost. I intend to use the drive to store Photoshop cache files and Final Cut Pro X render files. Which one would you suggest? Thanks for the help.

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BX would be great, grab a TB model and you have a brilliant all round laptop.

 

I stuck a 500GB in my parents 2009 MacBook and its running like new now for photo editing/viewing, iTunes and word processing.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 2/23/2020 at 2:08 PM, GoldenLag said:

Bx500 is the best out of the three. 

Hey, thanks for the suggestion. Sorry for getting back late. So I read your reply and looked into benchmarks of the BX500 as well as the A400 and WD Green, and I ended up ordering the BX500. I had initially ordered the WD one but then cancelled the more I saw the benchmark scores. 

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On 2/23/2020 at 2:33 PM, NineEyeRon said:

BX would be great, grab a TB model and you have a brilliant all round laptop.

 

I stuck a 500GB in my parents 2009 MacBook and its running like new now for photo editing/viewing, iTunes and word processing.

Hello. Thanks for the reply and apologies for my late reply. So I considered getting a larger drive and sticking it inside my Mac. But I figured getting that up and running would have exceeded the budget. So I just went with the BX500.

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On 2/23/2020 at 10:03 AM, NineEyeRon said:

BX would be great, grab a TB model and you have a brilliant all round laptop.

 

I heard a rumor that new 1TB and 2TB models are on QLC, but couldn't verify it enyware, anyone know is it true?

https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/crucial-silently-adds-1-and-2-terabyte-versions-to-bx500-series-qlc-ssd.html

I couldn't get the type of NAND out of crucial

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15 hours ago, kokosnh said:

I heard a rumor that new 1TB and 2TB models are on QLC, but couldn't verify it enyware, anyone know is it true?

https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/crucial-silently-adds-1-and-2-terabyte-versions-to-bx500-series-qlc-ssd.html

I couldn't get the type of NAND out of crucial

I don’t feel that matters a huge amount for most applications now SSDs are getting cheaper. As long as they are faster than HDDs it’s all good.


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