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Samsung 970 pro or Sabrent Rocket 4 NVME SSD

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi Guys, need some advice please. I am currently building a new PC and I am having a dilemma with regard to the boot SSD, I have an ASUS WS-X299 Pro Motherboard with a i9 7980xe @ 4.8GHz all 18 cores (cooled by custom loop). Went with x299 over x570 as I got the board and CPU cheaper than a decent x570 board and a 3950x and the i9 7980xe is a cherry picked sample and it is stable at 4.8GHz. I also wanted thunderbolt 3 which I've added with an ASUS add on card and quad channel memory. So being my board is x299 it is only PCI-E 3.0 not 4. The two m.2 nvme SSDs I am deciding between are Sabrent Rocket 4 1TB which is a PCI-E 4.0 ssd or Samsung 970 Pro 1TB ssd which is PCI-E 3.0. My gut feeling is the 970 Pro, as I suspect it has better real world performance (better random reads and writes) and I won't see the advantage of Sabrents sequential reads and writes since I'm using PCI-E 3.0. I can't find however any direct reviews of the two. However what is making me think the Sabrent is that it is only £160 (here in the UK) compared with the 970 Pro which is £300+. Do you think the 970 pro is worth the extra dough in my case?

 

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You can get the Sabrent Rocket 3.0 for much less at Newegg.  Sabrent's the M.2 for me all the way.


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The 970 PRO is very overpriced, and so would be the Rocket 4 in your case, as you can't take advantage of its full speed (which, realistically, wouldn't make much of a difference in real-world tasks anyway).

I'd suggest going for either a 970 EVO or just the regular Sabrent Rocket (not the QLC).


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Isn't the 970 significantly better than the Rocket 3.0? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Mateyyy you are right the 970 pro is way overpriced. They sell for £140-180 in auctions on eBay and that is brand new SSDs not just used ones. Unfortunately there is none on eBay at present.

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4 minutes ago, Anteas99 said:

Isn't the 970 significantly better than the Rocket 3.0? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

(assuming you're referring to the Evo) They're both very good drives, if one is better than the other then it surely isn't a significant difference, or even noticeable. I'd just go for whichever you can find for cheaper.

 

Also, please quote when replying, so we can be notified that you've responded.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

My other thinking with the Sabrent is I can use it again in a PCI-E 4.0 board in the future and its only £20-30 more than the Sabrent rocket 3 and the a 970 EVO 1TB is still more expensive then a Sabrent Rocket 4.

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3 minutes ago, Anteas99 said:

My other thinking with the Sabrent is I can use it again in a PCI-E 4.0 board in the future and its only £20-30 more than the Sabrent rocket 3 and the a 970 EVO 1TB is still more expensive then a Sabrent Rocket 4.

Tbh, I doubt you will see any noticeable differnence in real world. Get the cheapest out of the three


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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 minutes ago, Mateyyy said:

(assuming you're referring to the Evo) They're both very good drives, if one is better than the other then it surely isn't a significant difference, or even noticeable. I'd just go for whichever you can find for cheaper.

 

Also, please quote when replying, so we can be notified that you've responded.

Sorry forgot to quote you. A 970 Evo 1TB are £200+ while the sabrents rocket 4 1TB are £160.

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11 minutes ago, Anteas99 said:

Sorry forgot to quote you. A 970 Evo 1TB are £200+ while the sabrents rocket 4 1TB are £160.

Unless you're using it as a scratch disk, there's no point to buy a 970 Pro. S11 Pro, SN550, SX8200 Pro, Regular Sabrent Rocket, are all good choices that are near the $140 price point.

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For those workloads the Samsung Pro can be a very good choice. Depends how heavy of a user you are. It's MLC too. Personally I'm waiting for 980 Pro though.


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