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Got this as a secondary M.2 drive in a new build just for games. Performance doesn't match higher dollar drives, but still very fast and at a very affordable price. Games performing extremely fast and reliably running from this drive. Twice the high speed storage for the same price make this a bargain. Highly recommended. ---[UPDATE]--- Overnight the device failed catastrophically - just 20 days after the period where I can return it. It's now a $200 worthless chunk of plastic. Didn't even last 2 months in operation. Cannot get Microcenter or Amazon to even talk to me about replacing a failed device that supposedly has a 3 year warranty.
I bought the 1TB model as a secondary NVMe to help store my game libraries and a few of my smaller Docker containers and for that purpose its great! As seen in the attached photo, I was able to get read speeds of 1521 mb/s and write speeds of 1194 mb/s, which are close what the drive is rated for (I should note that my secondary NVMe slot on my B450 motherboard is rated at PCIe v2.0 x4 which gives me theoretical speeds of 2000mb/s r/w, however, due to manufacturing variances and a slight latency penalty of PCIe v 2.0 compared to PCIe v3.0 that probably explains why my read speeds are slightly lower than the rated max).
I think my favorite thing about this NVMe (aside from the good speeds for the price) is its rated write endurance. According to MicroCenter's product page (the vendor for the drive) it has an endurance of 700 TBW which is great for QLC storage. Obviously, time will tell how long this drive will last but MicroCenter's Inland brand has been great for me personally. I've owned a few SATA SSDs from them (still do) and they've been great, so I'm hoping that same quality will be present in these drives too.
In all, if you're looking for a good secondary storage device or are looking to just upgrade your storage speeds at a great price, then this is the NVMe for you! 5/5!
While at first this seems like a good deal, as with most things you get what you pay for. And now that it's been almost 10 months I can no longer get my money back but here's the bad: This drive is not stable. Reading from or writing to the drive it will start out fine but fail within a very short time. I have tried this on a Windows machine, iMac, Mac Pro via several different interfaces (USB adapter, PCI adapter, etc) and it does the same thing every time. After a few GB of file transfer the drive drops offline. Windows just gives me an error of "cannot write to drive" and fails. The Mac tells me I have not ejected the drive correctly. If I unplug it and reconnect it everything seems ok until it happens again, and it always does. Do not purchase this drive, it's not worth the headaches.
What started off as a great bargain has turned into a nightmare, the drive started having issues where opening any applications or files from it would hang up for a second or so, compared to the near instant response time I was getting before and from a different NVMe drive. Now as of today, I had a full system freeze when closing an application and after having to restart - the drive is no longer writeable, and isn't visible in File Explorer, it is only visible using windows chkdsk utility but unable to be formatted. The value is there if you win the silicon lottery, but I can't say it's worth the risk.
When I first installed this drive in the top m.2 slot my x470 wouldn't even post. So I tried it in my second M.2 slot which only runs in PCIE 2.0 mode. After updating to the latest beta BIOS for my x470 it started working just fine in my top m.2 slot though!
It's certainly not the fastest drive out there, but even at SATA SSD speeds most current PCs will be more CPU limited anyway, so you will only see their max speeds in benchmarks. This drive hits 2050MB/s over short sequential reads(1GB), but drops to around 1850MB/s over longer/larger tests(16GB). Which is basically hitting it's rated speeds right on the nose, so no complaints here!
With a 700TBW endurance rating I'd say MicroCenter/Inland has a real winner here that should last me a very long time! I will update this review if my experience with this drive changes though.
Edit: After sitting down and doing research to Figure out Why the SSD wasn't being recognized. I came across Information saying that the SSD needed to be initialized first for the PC the Recognize it. After less than ten Minutes I had the SSD Working. So far all is well My issue was just Lack of User knowledge.
As of this writing I cant really give a true Review on the Inland Professional 1TB SSD 3D QLC NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (1TB). Reasons being after installing it onto my PC the Drive isn't Recognized, the Physical installation is easy to do, just plug-in the drive and tighten mother board screw. But after rebooting the computer the Drive isn't recognized. It doesn't show up when you boot up Windows 10, I have gone into the my Bios and it does show that the Drive is there just not given a drive name when Windows Loads up. So as of now currently not functioning for me. I've read a few forums saying That "Reinstalling" Windows could help the issue but haven't gotten around to it yet. So for this issue I'll give it a 1 star if/when I get it working I'll come back and reassess the review.
I have a Sabrent Rocket 4.0 500GB for my OS, and I was using one 2TB SSHD and one 2TB 7200rpm HDD for game storage. I wanted to get my games on an NVME and I started looking around. This one by Microcenter kept coming up and the reviews were very positive, so I pulled the trigger. Speeds are great for a Gen3 PICe drive, I had no issues installing in my X570 Elite's secondary M.2 slot. Using the heatsink that came with my motherboard, I am getting temps in the low 30's at idle, and upper 40's/low 50's under load. Not too shabby. Performance is great, games load much faster now. When faced with the choice of a 2TB SSD from, say, Samsung, or a 2TB M.2 for around the same price, to me it's a no-brainer: Go with the faster drive. UPDATE: Was concerned reading all the one star reviews about failure shortly after buying. Two weeks of daily use, and roughly 1/3 full, and readings are still quite good (see pics).
With no other system activity, and no software running other disk I/O, and CPU utilization very low, sustained write speed for this outrageously slow PCIe SSD is 30MB/sec. Read speeds are equally awful from a matching Inland module that's also connected directly to PCIexpress bus.
I'm disgusted that this NVMe module is only fast very brief periods of time. The modules are being used in powered Thunderbolt-3 enclosures with active fan cooling, so the claims that there won't be serious thermal throttling are also completely false.
Like far too many other fraudulently marketed SSD modules, this one is sold based on its external interface speed and cache speed which cover up extremely slow flash memory modules that are far slower than mechanical hard disk drives, and so slow that they would cause video cameras to fail from slow data transfer speeds.
These modules are already slow when "new", so the extremely slow speed may be due to the well-worn used condition found in some modules being sold as 'new'.
be very cautious relying on this particular drive as your storage drive. I did not overwork it just had my work files on it, photos, documents. Suddenly it did not show up on boot, after 2 restarts it showed up again. Folders were all there but I could not access them, windows was showing up errors. There was no way to get it to work, disk manager and other apps showed it was working fine but I could not access the files no matter. After just 2 more restarts my computer would not post and just turned on. As soon as I removed the drive, it posted fine. Put it back in and same thing happened. I tried it on another computer and same thing would not post.
Now all my data is gone from what I read. There is no way of gaining access to them unless I probably spent a large amount of $$$ on a data recovery service. I have been using and building computers for 20 over years and never before has a drive failed this quick. Be careful with these newer m.2 especially if they are the cheaper ones. No value for money if it cost you more money and stress.
The original drive failed after about two weeks. Performance during those two weeks was great. After shutting the computer off for the night the drive failed on the next boot. I troubleshot for a bit and found that the drive had locked itself to read only to protect the data, so nothing else could be written. This caused all sorts of issues as it was my primary system drive.
Thanks to Amazon's exceptional customer service, they sent me a replacement drive very quickly. I've had that drive installed for roughly two weeks. I turned my system off last night and turning it on this morning, the drive is no longer seen by the BIOS. I've ordered an external enclosure to try and see if I can get anything off of it.
This second failure was not as bad as the first time. since I reconfigured my system to boot off of a SATA SSD and used the 2TB NVME for data, which mainly consisted of games which are easy enough to reinstall.
Whilst installed the drive as a secondary was causing the system to halt upon booting, even though the BIOS failed to detect the drive. Removing it allowed the system to boot right up.
I will see if I can return the drive at this point, otherwise I've got a very expensive and poorly designed paper weight (it's very light).