Tuesday, March 19, 2019

addlink 1TB S70 NVMe SSD / Mac Pro 5,1

Feeling the itch to upgrade something on my Mac Pro 5,1 again, and needing some more storage space for various purposes, I added another 1TB NVMe blade to my High Point SSD7101-A PCIe carrier. I bought the addlink 1TB S70 blade. I have to say, I’m very pleased with the performance considering this blade. It costs about the same as my Samsung 970 Pro 512GB boot drive, but carries the same warranty. I’ll post a couple of speed benchmarks below for reference.

As a rule, I don’t like to benchmark SSD’s that much since it degrades the life expectancy (especially the 4K tests). Write amplification can be horrendous and gives inaccurate results. There are no truly well written bench marking programs that are designed from the ground up for SSD media.

Only time will tell over the long haul regarding the longevity of this blade, but the physical quality and heat generated under heavy use seem to be about the same as the industry leading Samsung SSDs. I did a lot of research and found that some of the other big name drives have serious problems with heat and throttling. This one had no negative issues reported at all that I could find, so I took and chance and I’m very satisfied. 

For the time being, I fully recommend this SSD

In fact, I may add another one or two to my High Point card as the storage demands required increase.