Amazon.com: Customer reviews: SSD SATA M.2 2280 500GB Dogfish Ngff Internal Solid State Drive High Performance Hard Drive for Desktop Laptop SATA III 6Gb/s Includes SSD 60GB 120GB 240GB 480GB 1TB (500GB, M.2-2280)
I purchased one of these 120GB ones last week for a NuC and installed it, all seemed fine, then in the middle of cloning the system to it, it died.
I debated giving up on these, but decided to try one more time and Amazon immediately sent me a replacement which arrived today. I took every safety precaution and installed it, let it acclimate, and cloned the system over to it and the second one as of the last 3 hours is performing flawlessly.
This is replacing a Kingston 2.5 ssd as the sata connector card in the NuC is defective. When I booted up the system after setting the bios to start form the msata card, the speed was phenomenal compared to the older kingston ssd. If it works for a long time this will make me very happy.
Of note, the first one I received is the complete opposite of the pictures here in this item page. the chips and components were on the opposite sides of the board! I do not know what kind of revision it was, but it died immediately. The second one that is working looks just like the first image in the listing here.
Amazon gets top marks for getting me a replacement immediately!
This is NOT a paid review or a free sample review... I bought this product for my own laptop. I do own other ssd's and have used other ssd's in the laptop I am using this one now.
With this out of the way, this little ssd surprised me a lot! it performed very well, keeping temperatures stable, even under load. Now the name is funny, and I got the 120gb, but it passed all my needs with flying colors.
Only thing I cannot say is durability, because I have used this for a few weeks, but I do not know in the long term how it will hold up, but for the moment, everything looks normal, and performs excellent.
I really hope it does hold up over time, but I have my documents, pictures and downloads folders mapped to a second drive anyway, so at worst I would need a reinstall if things go sideways (with a small SSD, it is what I do anyways, just windows and apps installation, files in a second drive).
SMART data reporting could be a bit better, it doesn't report the wear leveling very well which makes me just nervous. Overall it does what it's suppose to. I wouldn't use in a highly critical application. In my case it's running in a traffic shaper with no write backs.
I bought this SSD to increase the performance of my desktop system. The drive arrived early with packaging intact. I installed the drive in less than 10 minutes and I immediately saw the difference an SSD can make. Disk reads and writes were very quick boosting my desktop's overall speed performance. This was a great buy!
Loaded Lubuntu up on this ssd on an old desktop and it flies. It works great and the price was great. Only thing left to find out is longevity. Boots in 25 seconds and that is including the bios screen and its delay.