SATA or PCIe NVMe SSD for Thinkpad T470?


Planning to upgrade the T470 with an SSD and trying to decide between Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD: 

For an extra $86, I could get this drive, adapter and cable:

Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW)

Apparently, the 960 EVO would give me about 2 to 3 times faster performance than the SATA SSD.

Which one would you guys choose if it were you considering the usage is mainly coding and watching videos? Any insights would be great. Thank you. :smileyhappy:
Kavit GunasAsked:
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James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
The M.2 will have better performance no doubt. I personally use the 960 EVO 500GB for my rig and its wonderful. There isn't much consideration if you are only using the system to "Code and watch videos" honestly if you have the money. I mean the only benefit you have is loading up the browser and coding application and after that its pretty much a moot point.

Either will suffice based on your description!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would be inclined to use the SATA SSD drive as that is what the machine is engineered for. It will still be plenty fast in that machine. My X1 was engineered for NVMe and that is what I use in the X1

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'm not familiar with the T470, however, if the adapter is adapting the SATA connection then there's no point - SATA is the bottleneck.  If you're adapting another port in the system that's essentially a PCIe port, then it may make sense to get the NVMe.
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art leeCommented:
A almost any thing but samsung would be better
crucial mx300 has huge performance gain 1/4 the price
samsung performance in ssd is very inconsistent
art leeCommented:
to the other random comments
t470 is pcie drive not ssd
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Samsung is a solid high performing drive in my machine.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
PCI-e NVM-e (Samsung 960 EVO) IS an SSD drive which is what the author was looking for.
art leeCommented:
if you think samsung is solid you have not push it hard enough
but using only a laptop I can the limited thinking
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Mine works non-stop and with one or two machines running at the same time is lots of use.

Laptops do heavy duty work and I do more with my own laptop than most people do with Desktops.

I am NOT a limited person or thinker.
art leeCommented:
I have used all samsung ssd products and they always went off line or slow in with all t4xx laptops I have used for years
but as soon as I switched to crucial all my problems went away
also I built entire storage farms with samsung they failed madly as I switch them for crucial my life got easier
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Not true for me in any of our Lenovo products - all clients. Maybe you got a bad batch.
art leeCommented:
Yea several hundreds for years really bad batch
stupid thinking on my part for trusting them
art leeCommented:
what's worse is samsung thinks they are worth gold
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I did not know your time frame. But we have not had any issue. Strange. However I believe your story and just putting my own out for consideration
art leeCommented:
kavit: btw the t470 has a pcie ssd already in it so don't get an ssd or you have to return it
art leeCommented:
I meant don't get a Sara
do get a pcie drive
Kavit GunasAuthor Commented:
Thank you so very much everyone for taking the time to write back. Really grateful to all of you. James Bunch, John Hurst, Lee W, and art lee! :)

Based on your comments, I decided to give up on the 960 EVO and instead use that money to get the 500 GB 850 EVO.

Just wondering if the 860 EVO ($20 more) that comes with improved write endurance is better to get than the reliable 850 EVO? 5 of our computers are running fine with 850 EVO.

I had 840 EVOs before and two of those stopped working, which makes me leary of the brand new 860 EVO!

Thoughts? Thank you again..
i wonder if you'll benefit much in speed from the NMVe drive, since it's connected to the sata port
Kavit GunasAuthor Commented:
Thank you immensely all 4 of you! :)

Went ahead and ordered the Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB and couldn't be happier with the decision after assessing all the options.

Greatly appreciate your time and wisdom. :)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
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