When I got the MSI Cubes 2 in 2017, after the sudden death of my Zotac ZBOX ID83, I tried to enjoy everything it could from the old Mini PC, to save. So, the MSI Cubes 2 got a SSD Sandisk Extreme de 120GB de 2,5 inches, acquired in DX in 2013.
This was not the best configuration, because MSI Cubes 2 has a slot for an SSD m.2 2242, and without the drive 2,5 inches it gets thinner. To use the drive it is necessary to use an alternative bottom cover (accompanying). But buying a m.2 SSD 2242 at that time it was not in my plans. I left for the future.
And the future came in mid-January, When the MSI Cubes 2 started complaining about the lack of space on the SSD. I figured it was because of the new Windows updates 10, but then I realized it was just a configuration error in the Elgato Game Capture HD60, that was saving the videos on the SSD instead of the 2TB external HDD. When I realized the nonsense the purchase of SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF it was already done, and so I chose to continue with the idea of upgrade.
Choice of SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF
Those who know the Skooter Blog know that I have a preference for Sandisk SSDs. But not m.2 format 2242 unfortunately there are not many options. Among the lesser-known Chinese brands, KingSpec seemed like a good option, with praise from several buyers. So I ended up choosing the SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF in AliExpress.
The SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec is available in various size: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB. At first I would buy the SSD from 512 GB, that would be more than enough for the application of MSI Cubes 2, which is basically capturing videos, do live streams and run emulators. However, the 1TB option had a better cost-benefit ratio. So I decided to choose the larger model to guarantee the future.
Purchase of SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF
I ended up making the acquisition of SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF in KingSpec Official Store because she had the best price and good reviews. Request made in 15/01, sent em 18/01 and give em 28/02.
Unboxing and Installation of SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF
The SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF came in its original box. At the rear we have some useful information, although with obvious typos:
- Warranty: 3 years
- Flash Type: MLC/TLC NAND Flash
- Operating Voltage: 3,3In
- Operating Temperature: 0° C – 70° C
- Operating System: Windows 7/8/10, Linux, Mac OS
- File Formats: FAT 16/32, NTFS, ReiserFS
The part number is NT-1TB.
Check out some photos and the video of the unboxing and installing the SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF:
The installation of the SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF It was quiet, just fit it and put the only screw that holds it on the motherboard.
With the two SSDs connected I cloned using the MiniTool Partition Wizard Free 11. Then I removed the Sandisk SSD and left only the KingSpec 1TB.
Tests of the SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF
In tests with CrystalDiskMark the SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF positively surprised me. I thought I would gain space but lose performance, after all the SSD Sandisk Extreme was Sandisk's top of the line at the time, and KingSpec is just a simple SSD, low cost. But to my surprise the KingSpec 1TB is faster than the Sandisk Extreme in all tests. The evolution of technologies in these 7 years must have made a difference.
These are the package tracking information obtained in the AliExpress:
2020.02.28 18:47 (GMT-7): Delivery successful 2020.02.18 09:12 (GMT-7): Cleared customs 2020.02.10 07:49 (GMT-7): Accepted by Last Mile Carrier 2020.01.24 01:12 (GMT-7): Departed country of origin 2020.01.18 16:32 (GMT-7): Shipment accepted by airline 2020.01.18 13:14 (GMT-7): Shipment left country of origin warehouse 2020.01.18 10:28 (GMT-7): Shipment at country of origin warehouse 2020.01.18 09:58 (GMT-7): Shipment dispatched
And these are the information obtained on the site of the station:
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This is the table-summary of purchase.
|Product Name:||SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF|
|Name Original:||KingSpec m.2 SSD 2242 120GB 240gb 500gb HDD 2242mm NGFF SSD M2 SATA 1tb 2tb Hard Drive for laptop Jumper 3 pro prestige 133|
|Store:||AliExpress | Store: KingSpec Official Store|
|Current value:||R$ 582,65 (US$ 113,94)|
|Payment Method:||Credit Card Visa International|
|Shipping Type:||Aliexpress Standard Shipping|
|Package Home Country:||China|
|Time in Transit:||41 days|
|Declared content:||Drive (NT-1TB-2242)|
|Type Marked Content:||Others|
|Declared Value:||USD $10.00|
I was quite pleased with the SSD m.2 2242 KingSpec 1TB NGFF. With low cost, your performance surprised me, being faster than the SSD Sandisk Extreme 120GB that he replaced. I now have plenty of room in my MSI Cubes 2, and it was even thinner and more elegant in my rack.
I just don't know what to do with the SSD Sandisk Extreme. Esses SSDs de pouca capacidade acabam não tendo utilidade quando são substituídos.