I purchased at 1TB model SDSSDH3_1T02, Solid State Drive drive for SATA III at Best Buy for $140.00.
They have this one also on Amazon for $90, which has the same SATA III specification, so I may return it.
I also need four 8 GB RAM modules and I'm not sure which ones to get.
I have a solution for the drive I think and I have started trying to figure out the memory in this document https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Juvn5H0ch0SQ08DJ2GLamCfWh0oh62lvZgxQN0kJnjM/edit
I admit that the day of the five-year drive warranty is over, but it is not prudent to put anything on an SSD with a 90-day or one-year warranty.
My advice is: Before buying, go read independent reviews written by people who don't sell the drive. And never rely on what you see on amazon.
The speed is dependent on the Interface in your PC/Server/Laptop. If your System has SATA-III, then the two models already are at the top of the speeds you can expect, so for that Interface it is practically as fast as it can go.
If you want "Faster", then you'd need an M.2 connection on your mainboard that is NVME compatible, & get an NVME SSD.
Second, I agree with Dr. Klahn in terms of brands. However, even the "top" brands have issues sometimes. Western Digital recently had a bit of a scandal - see https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/08/silent-changes-to-western-digitals-budget-ssd-may-lower-speeds-by-up-to-50/
Generally, Samsung has the best reputation for consumer grade stuff, though I've used Intel, Western Digital, San Disk and Kingston.
Where to buy? If you have a Micro Center near you, I'd recommend them. They have great prices on hard drives. Otherwise, Amazon and NewEgg would generally be my preferences.
Here's a Samsung on NewEgg for $108 - https://www.newegg.com/p/0D9-0009-00AS7?Item=9SIAPBUEBY1775.
And at Micro Center, same drive, $115 - https://www.microcenter.com/product/624754/samsung-870-qvo-1tb-ssd-4-bit-mlc-v-nand-sata-iii-6gb-s-25-internal-solid-state-drive
If the need is immidiate, I.e. Failing resource that needs to be replaced immidiately, I get it from the store.
If it can wait, order online.
Major brands ..
Often, each person may develop a preference based on experience.
One thing to take account is to make sure you have a backup setup.
Data recovery from failed SSD are extremely costly.
A nearby shop, if you have problems with it, you have a real address which you can report to authorities.
There is a procedure to add NVMe boot capabilities to a system that doesn't already have it:
This gets you around a common error:
I've done this on a few older Dells with success. I've run into one issue I've not gotten past, though. Every boot gives a disk boot error and I have to hit F1 to continue. Otherwise, it works fine.
The procedure is somewhat technical. Read the instructions carefully and decide if you're up for it.
Model: HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz
Will it support anything faster than the Sandisk 3D SSD?
Your system can go to 32GB of ram.
Any SSD will outperform the HDD if one is in.
Sandisk was bought out by Western digital, the acronis imaging tool is available for download to clone.....
What does the system do, adding memory could further improve performance.
Rarely will you be processor bound...
There are PCI Express NVMe cards available, & then you could use a fast NVMe SSD. But as has already been explained earlier, you might not be able to boot from it, or not easily:
What SSD should I buy with that adapter?
My thinking regarding getting it to boot would be to first update the BIOS on the machine and then set the boot order to check that drive first.
Would that be accurate or did I miss something else?
You'd need an NVMe SSD with that adapter, but which one I'd get would depend on the capacity requirements. Something like this:
Now I need to find the 32 GB I suppose and upgrade the memory. What would be your suggestion with respect to that? It looks like the board has four slots.
Be careful if you order from the Link above, some of the offers there come in packages of 2 or 4, so that you don't order too many!
You currently have 8GB, one thing to check is whether you have a single 8GB module installed, or a pair if 4GB.
Depending on the answer, if it is 2x4GB, get a pair of 8Gb, and get the system to 24GB
While 32GB is max, does [edited[ your use require that.
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Which should we be buying?
So far I am understanding that I need to look for and confirm the following:
MLC vs TLC
1.35 or 1.5
HP does not specify which (likely either will work, though not clear whether you can mix modules.
Using the partnumber of the module you have could help identify the SPEC of what you have to then match the Timing, Cas and Voltage in the new ones if you are not buying all four modules...
I started this document also to try and help me sort it all out.
Still looking for the best solution for memory.
This is the memory report from the CPU-Z installation.
meaning trying to buy 3x8 in a dual channel setup could pose an instability between the 8GB you already have and the 8GB you will get..... dual channel commonly means the two modules should be closely matched.....
You probably are better off buying the four,
9-9-9 24 1.5V
The SFF commonly has two PCI-E slots.
The following are options for NVMe.
To be bootable from NVME, on the PCI that is I think the issue Lee raised.
I am not sure whether the NVME on pci-E will be presented as a valid boot device unless you get the right pci-e
Searching for BOotable PCI-E NVME adapters, there are a few but are full size ...not low profile..
If I get a regular size one I think I can make it into the smaller form factor.
I could be wrong about that.
I have updated the original question to show the current objective as well as what I have figured out so far.
What would I need based on that?
Suggested so far
MLC vs TLC
TIMING: CAS AND MODULE VOLTAGE 1.35v or 1.5v (both might work but unclear)
4x8 is the way to go to get it to 32GB.
You could try selling the 4x2DDR3 after.
SPD is serial presence detect, a low speed data line the chipset/CPU uses to interrogate the management ROM on the RAM. All those JEDEC data on that tab are the DIMM's capabilities, the CPU does not test each speed by writing to the RAM but asks the DIMM what it is capable of via the SPD bus. I said DIMM but they may be SODIMM, that info is only available in the CPU-Z text file, not the graphic version.