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!
I was thinking of giving this four stars, since it's performing a bit more slowly than some other drives in exactly the same operations (I'm using it as a Time Machine backup drive on MacOS Mojave). It's still plenty fast if you're upgrading from a spinning hard drive, but it's among the slower of the 1TB and 512GB SSDs that I have. I have no way of knowing how it would perform in other scenarios, such as main disk of a PC, but I suspect that the difference would be measurable, if not horrible.
On the plus side, it runs cooler than several other "value" drives, and that's very good news, because heat kills electronics.
So all things considered, this drive is well worth the price. It's got huge storage in a 2242 form factor at a very reasonable price. And the performance, while not tops, it well within the range you're looking for from an SSD.
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).
Like my headline, good drive for the money but I'm kind of wondering about having the primary chip set up on the board towards the internal components rather than being on the outside when it's installed. Had a laptop that the msata crashed, put this in and installed a operating system (Linux) and have been using it since (about 2 days as I write this) Will see if when I start stressing the laptop which will increase the heat output if anything glitches.
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!
Nice feature, is ability to resize for 2242, 2260 sizes, in my case i needed a 2260 for a dell venue 11 7140, prices were more economical for 2280 drives, upon researching options i found this model that offered the resizing option by snapping notched sections of the PCB.
I used this with an mSATA-to-IDE converter to upgrade my old iBook G3 clamshell. It was easily recognized by MacOS 9 (after formatting) and does exactly what I wanted it for at a great price point. My iBook is now free of moving parts, silent, and is much faster.
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.