Everyone is spouting TBW when percentage used is what manufacturer set to be the warranties lifetime. Go read the smart specs.
No one talking about NAND types (SLC,MLC,TLC,QLC) or one of the hybrid types (pSLC, iTLC, etc) which can be difference between 1k and over 100k P/E cycles.
My guess is this behaviour is (mostly) by design, using high bandwidth mass storage as some awesome high performance virtual memory.
Why are people complaining about 1-3% wear in 2 months when used as a dev machines, or running a hundred tabs in chrome? That’s still over 5 years usage within expected lifetime on very heavily used machines, and it could be even higher in reality.
In those machines, Apple just uses TLC flash from Toshiba/Kioxia (off-the-shelf).
There's already some pathological cases where the drive actually died from this: https://twitter.com/lunixbochs/status/1366209143824998405?s=...
For some reason, it goes crazy after about a week and a half of uptime in desktop use, after which it starts thrashing the SSD at a crazy rate.
The 256GB model of the 980 Pro, a top-of-the-line TLC SSD is rated at just 150TBW.
It is CLEARLY not regular consumer TLC given the figures reported. It will be using some pSLC type arrangement (iTLC?), otherwise percentage used would be considerably higher given TBW.
From the horses mouth: https://blog-us.kioxia.com/post/2020/09/18/solving-a-designe...
More information: https://www.electronicdesign.com/industrial-automation/artic....
The 960EVO hasn't started to slow down yet or use it's reserved space, so I imagine I can keep using it as an external drive until it does.
edit: What I've said is indicative of an TLC/PCIE 3 NVMe upgrade path, what will a PCIE 4 NVMe (980PRO) upgrade look like in 4 years?
I think thats also part of the problem. You have a device that wears out, but basically is unserviceable.
2 real SSD warranties are actually specified in TBW.
2) This field is specifically for warranties - go read the spec. All manufacturers use this in their warranty - its actually coded into the controller. They may report the value to you in TBW, but that same value is stored in the controller, which is where the percentage comes from. If you think otherwise, why dont you point me at the apple warranty that states the number of TBW.
Again, go read the spec instead of spreading FUD.
My phone does that, I’m not surprised the desktop version does it too...