Call me cynical, but it seems that for every drive I read reviews on, there are loads of people expressing the same issues -- either drops in quality of components, poor longevity, or abnormally high failure rates.
I'm shopping for a second drive to expand my Lenovo Legion 5. My options are M.2 NVMe 2280, 2.5" SATA SSD, or 2.5" SATA HDD.
Starting with the M.2 I struggled to find something that was 1TB or more, with DRAM, and didn't run too hot. Excessive heat (with or without heatsinks) is something I'm really trying to avoid as heat was the suspected killer of my previous machine. Closest I got was Samsung 970 evo, but there are too many reports of heat (something like 50 C idle and 75+ C under load -- no thanks). Hynix P31 also came up, but near impossible to get ahold of where I am.
HDDs are also not looking great with no 1TB+ 2.5" by 7mm drives to be had that are not SMR. This will be a primary/OS drive. I really don't want SMR.
Has anyone been having similar research trouble, or are there any recommendations?
I've been using this so-called "master" SSD spreadsheet which has been somewhat helpful.