Request for pcie m.2 2280 drive recommendation

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    • #28925

      I would like to use the pcie drive for data storage. I had tried a WD Blue SN500 500GB NVMe Internal SSD – Gen3 PCIe, M.2 2280, 3D NAND – WDS500G1B0C but this drive failed within 3 days, causing crashes.
      Has anyone tried any different drives that are working well?

    • #28984

      Hi. I am using an intel 660p m.2 ssd. I have been getting bsod issues and sometimes my computer would reboot randomly. I believe it may be due to it getting really hot ~70 C or more. I added a heatsink to it and it has helped to reduce the temperature. Did you check the hard drive temperatures? I think m.2 type drives get hot inside this case due to no good ventilation. I have used crucial 2.5 inch ssd drives in the past as well as Sandisk ones. I think I would buy them as m.2 drives as well. Hope this helps.

      • #29021

        Thanks for the info. I agree, I think the temperature is the key to the issue. Azulle support offered this:
        “The Inspire only supports up to 320GB on the M.2 slot, going above this size is not recommended. Using drives higher than 320GB will lead to less than optimal performance.”

        This is ridiculous, as the Amazon Azulle Q&A provides:
        Q: There is an answer “you can go with an m.2 up to 512 gb”, but is this product not compatible with m, 2 ssd with 1 gb capacity or more?
        A: Hello,
        Thank you for your interest in our device. Yes, the Inspire units support more capacity for the internal storage, we just mentioned the size that we have tried.
        By Azulle on November 12, 2018

        At this point, I am thinking the m.2 drive will run too hot to be dependable. I am looking for drives that run cool, but I may have to wait for technology to address the heat issue.

        Thanks again.

    • #29715

      Am using a MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro NVMe SSD Review (2TB) drive without issue.

      You do have to apply thermal pads to couple it to the bottom of the chasis for a heatsink effect. Please refer to the installing M.2 storage video at

      • #29826

        Thanks for the reply, blkIncr – would you mind posting your temperature readings on you cpu? It was my experience that the temp sky rocketed to 100 c and that caused the system to power down.
        Thanks again.

    • #29968

      For a room temperature of ~78F~25Celsius.

      After about an hour of web browisng and Office productivity app use:
      Using crystal disk info: nvme drive temp of about 43C – have seen this rise to as high as 50 at other times.
      Using Intel Extreme Monitoring Utility : CPU temps of 52-54 at mild use with web browsing and office productivity apps

      During Usserbenchmark:
      Package temp – max of 87-92 during bench

      3-5min after benchmark:
      nvME drive at 47C
      Package Temp of ~62C

      Machine has been stable except for one crash during nvme drive benchmarking when i first got it. At this time, I did not have the thermal pads applied as shown in the Azulle video and the drive was a 1TB Sabrent pci express 3 nvme – I promptly replaced it with the aforementioned 2TB BPX pro and some Amazon purchased thermal pads. As far as nvme drives go, I suspect that Samsung drives would likely have the best reliability in thermal throttling conditions, but I would defer to dedicated review sites.

      I would like to point out that Azulle did NOT include the following with my barebone model
      1. the m.2 screw to secure the nvme drive to the mainboard
      2. m.2 drive thermal pads

      • #30522

        Thanks! I used a WD drive and an add-on heat sink, so both strikes on the thermal issue.
        If I do invest in the nvme drive again, I will follow your advice.
        Best regards!

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