buy a Transcend one with a capacity up to 512GB on eBay.
However, to ensure it doesn't throttle, I would need a good heatsink so
I looked online for the best M.2 heatsinks which are, of course 2280s
so I would have find a way or someone to saw them in half.
I learnt all about it here.
Though I'm wondering if I really need to settle for an expensive high-performance one or if
a cheap and cheerful heatsink off of eBay would do just as fine.
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Better value for money if you ask me.
I can't remember the last time I needed a CD/DVD (for which I have an external USB-one anyway).
Lenovo: X240, X250, T440p, M900 Tiny (all with W7/SP1 and NO updates since 2018).
Actually I just switched it off after sitting on standby overnight - not a fair comparison I know but all 3 drives were cool to touch (Crucial MX500 SSD main drive, rando HDD in Ultrabay caddy for non-operational archival purposes mainly - what is a CD/DVD again??). No discolouring on the M.2 SATA sticker to suggest a history of heat - but then again these modern stickers are supposed to be thermo-conductive so you *could* plonk a thermal pad/heat sink straight over it. Looking into it now, I see the issue of heatsinking M.2 SATA NAND SSD's relates primarily to controllers and not so much the NAND chips, and there is almost a fingerwidth of air space directly above the naked SSD. Without a thermal camera to support my observations I reckon my RAM cards and CPU would be far more of a concern, for regular daily driving.
T61 (2007; T9500 2.6GHz, 6GB DDR2)
W500 (2008; T9600 2.8GHz, 6GB DDR3)
X130e (2012; Celeron 857 1.2GHz, 12GB DDR3)
X131e (2013; Celeron 1007U 1.5GHz, 16 GB DDR3)
T440p (2016; i7-4600 2.9GHz, 16GB DDR3)
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