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Old 06-27-2018, 03:54 AM   #1
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I used a Samsung 960 EVO 250 gb M.2 in a Z170A motherboard for over a year. Recently installed it to a new Z370 +i7 8700k build. It wouldn't boot, error message said to remove it because failure is likely. That's when I noticed on Samsung's software over 750 tbw. Samsung won't repair it, anything over 100 tbw voids the warranty. They told me it's possible the 3rd party at Amazon who sold it to me used it, then shipped it as new. Even though the 960 came out last quarter of 2016 and I purchased it December 2016. I'm receiving it today, then I'll look at the power on hours to see if it matches the amount of time I've had it. Is there anything else that could've caused this? It was a boot drive, on a gaming pc. Z170A, i5 6600k oc to 4.5ghz, 16 gb ram, rx 580 4gb, 750w psu, 1t hdd, ssd 120gb, and the M.2 Samsung 250gb. Very rarely it went into sleep mode, runs 15 hours a day.
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Depending upon the game(s) there is an enormous amount of reading and writing of the ever changing data of a game in progress. I have seen other SSD's used for gaming with normal usage times, but high TBW counts. Until the longevity of SSD technology improves, I caution my gaming clients not to use SSD's for heavy gaming use.

Here's the Magician report for my 850EVO in use for over a year:

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850 EVO Series 500GB/1TB 5 years or 150 TBW

I'm well within the warranty specs, but I never do any games!
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You mean store games on it or no games at all on that pc? I used mine just for OS, other hdd for games.
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Just got it back from rma. It has 7600 poh for 1 year and 6 months time.
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No answer here but a question: If a format is performed on a SSD, does the TBW get cleared?
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My ssd was cleared still reads the same TBW on the software.
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Just got it back from rma. It has 7600 poh for 1 year and 6 months time.
If that drive was on continuously for 18 months, the POH would be around 13080 hours, so 7600 is about right for just over 50% powered on for that period. My system runs 24/7 and it is the boot drive. Remember, the drive that contains the 'scratchpad' or RAM swap file is beaten to a pulp, especially with gaming.

That swap file is generally on the boot drive unless otherwise configured.

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