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SSD / NVMe Comparison

This page was originally published on July 28, 2023. Its main goal was to aid in selecting SSD, and NVMe drives during a Micro Center sale.

Storage Technologies

3D NAND

Quad Level Cell (QLC)

Triple Level Cell (TLC)

Multi Level Cell (MLC)

Let's break it down:

  1. MLC V-NAND (Best)
  2. V-NAND (TLC Equiv.)
  3. TLC (V-NAND Equiv.)
  4. QLC (Cheap, less reliable)
  5. 3D NAND (Basic)

How Are SSDs Scored

Storage

Price

Based on price per 1.Selected0.10 as the baseline after averaging some calculations.

Technology Coefficient

NVMe M.2 2280 M Key

Brand Storage Price Notes
970 EVO Plus 500 GB $35 MLC V-NAND
970 EVO Plus 2 TB $100 MLC V-NAND
970 EVO Plus 1 TB $50 V-NAND
980 1 TB $50 MLC V-NAND
980 Pro 2 TB $120 MLC V-NAND
980 Pro 1 TB $70 V-NAND
990 PRO 1 TB $80 MLC V-NAND
Crucial P3 1 TB $40 3D NAND
Inland 500 GB $23 QLC
Inland 1 TB $40 QLC
Inland 2 TB $70 QLC
Performance 1 TB $55 TLC
Prime 500 GB $30 TLC
Prime 1 TB $50 TLC

SSD

Brand Storage Price Notes
Inland 1 TB $50 TLC
Inland 512 GB $25 TLC
Platinum 2 TB $80 TLC
Platinum 1 TB $43 TLC
Professional 256 GB $20 3D NAND
Professional 125 GB $15 TLC
870 EVO 1 TB $50 MLC V-NAND
870 EVO 4 TB $220 MLC V-NAND
870 EVO 500 GB $40 MLC V-NAND
870 QVO 1 TB $70 QLC V-NAND

Final Scores

NVMe

Description $ / GB Coef Score
970 500 GB $35 MLC 0.070 1.25 629
970 2 TB $100 MLC 0.050 1.25 2506
970 1 TB $100 MLC 0.103 1.25 1250
980 1 TB $50 V 0.050 1 1005
980P 2 TB $120 MLC 0.060 1.25 2505
980P 1 TB $70 V 0.070 1 1003
990P 1 TB $80 MLC 0.080 1.25 1253
Crucial 1 TB $40 3D 0.040 0.5 503
Inland 500 GB $23 QLC 0.046 0.75 379
Inland 1 TB $40 QLC 0.040 0.75 755
Inland 2 TB $70 QLC 0.035 0.75 1505
Performance 1 TB $55 TLC 0.055 1 1005
Prime 500 GB $30 TLC 0.060 1 504
Prime 1 TB $50 TLC 0.050 1 1005

*Higher is better.

SSD

Description $ / GB Coef Score
Inland 1TB $50 TLC 0.050 1 1005
Inland 512GB $25 TLC 0.049 1 517
Platinum 2TB $80 TLC 0.040 1 2006
Platinum 1TB $43 TLC 0.043 1 1006
Professional 256GB $20 3D 0.078 0.5 129
Professional 125GB $15 3D 0.120 0.5 63
870 EVO 1TB $50 MLC 0.050 1.25 1256
870 EVO 4TB $220 MLC 0.055 1.25 5006
870 EVO 500GB $40 MLC 0.020 1.25 635
870 QVO 1TB $70 QLC 0.070 0.75 753

*Higher is better.

Conclusions

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