PCIe SSD upgrade - ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB vs. Samsung EVO 970

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Woodlandjustin, May 19, 2019.

  1. Woodlandjustin macrumors member

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm upgrading a 2017 27 inch iMac (EMC 3070) with a 1TB fusion drive. Wanting to upgrade both drives, and think I have the PCIe decision narrowed down to 2 drives, so would love feedback on which people like more!

    The drives:
    1. ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB vs. Samsung EVO 970
    2. Samsung 970 EVO 1TB.
    And possibly considering
    3. Intel 760p.
    Seems no. 2 may be the more popular one. Seems it is the fastest, BUT, no.1 is cheaper and people say it runs cooler. They both have good endurance, which is where no.3 falls short, though people say no.3 is also cooler than the EVO.

    Cool is good for me if this means the fans will be quieter!
    And regarding speed, they are all such a quantum leap faster than HDD and even all a lot from SATA SDD, so I really doubt the speed difference between them will affect me much at all. But I don't know how much the heat difference is for real world use with an iMac. Think it will make a difference to the fans or life of parts?

    I'm also thinking to upgrade the SATA drive to Crucial MX500 2TB, as discussed in a recent thread. Seems a good price, though, what do you guys think - if the stuff I use mostly is on one of these fast 1TB PCIe drives, if there any point in having a 2TB SSD on the SATA (for like movies, music etc.) or should I just go for an HDD? Perhaps there is no need to that, no effect for listening to music and watching movies, ebook library and all that? If so, any recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
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