Top positive review
Good bang for buck. Ignore the naysayers.
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
UPDATE (09/4/20): After using this drive as my. OS's daily driver for about two weeks, I can safely say it's super fast. Speeds DID diminish while the pcie bus is being used actively by the OS, but I only saw a difference of about 50-100mb/s of the 2.5gb/s write speed. It should also be mentioned that I bought a fancy heatsink for this M.2 so that may also be playing its part in keeping speeds stable as M.2 drives will auto-bottleneck in order to cool down if they get too hot.
There are some complaints about SP drives not delivering the speeds advertised. Personally, I feel as though much like the capacity of a drive, manufacturers will often round up the speeds too.
Also, you have to factor in that if you are using this device as your OS's daily driver or its under load when you perform a crystal test, that will most definitely impact your results.
To be on the safe side, I booted into Gandalf recovery and ran the most recent version of CrystalDiskMark and ran the NVMe tests in the standard volley of 5-pass 1GB tests.
Needless to say, this drive does not disappoint. Random R/W is always going to be sluggish on any drive but when the mapping table knows where data is parked, your sequential R/W is going to be right on par with the speeds advertised.
It may not be FireCuda fast, or Gen4, but you'll still get into windows or linux in under 20 seconds. I'm very satisfied with the results that I have seen thus far!