The boot drive in my Roon Core needs to be replaced, so I did a little research and share my thoughts in this post, in case anybody is interested.
Here’s my ranking of subjective “best” without considering cost:
- Samsung 970 PRO
- Samsung 980 PRO
- Samsung 970 EVO PLUS
- Samsung 980
After considering cost, I picked Samsung 970 EVO PLUS .
- Assuming the firmware is stable and robust, cell structure is the utmost important thing - SLC > MLC >> TLC >>>> QLC
- 970 PRO wins because it uses MLC, 980 PRO is downgraded to TLC even though the latter may offer higher performance in certain scenarios
- Performance difference, while measurable, is not significantly different in terms of non-measured user experience
- The 980 non-PRO is the worst in these four because it it DRAM-less. The DRAM is meant to further reduce write to the flash, thereby extending life. Removing the DRAM for cost is a really bad idea for an OS drive or database drive that is frequently written to.
- Do not use QLC for OS or database or any application that is frequently written. In fact I would not use QLC for anything.
Note: Do not use any of these drives or m.2 NVME with NUC5. NUC6 or above are ok.