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Fast, reliable storage is key to a top-performing system. You can throw all your money at processors, RAM, and graphics cards, but if your storage drive is slow, that bottleneck will slow down your entire system.
There are only a few hard drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD) manufacturers that I trust, and at the top of that short list is Crucial. I've been buying Crucial RAM and storage for years, and it's never let me down (and when that day comes, I'll be glad of the company's excellent warranty).
If your motherboard features M.2 drive heatsinks (or you want to buy third-party ones) then the non-heatsink version will work. If not, go for the one with the heatsink. I've tested both versions, and the variant with the heatsink does an absolutely amazing job of keeping the drive cool and operating at the fastest speeds possible.
But what about that claim of the drive being the "fastest Gen5 SSD on the planet?" That's a bold claim.
I tested the 2GB versions of these drives, and in my benchmark tests using CrystalDiskMark I could get read and write speeds that fell within 10% of the rated speed. Now, 10% might seem like a lot, but it's more than acceptable when it comes to real-world testing.
This is a blazingly fast drive. Absolutely blistering in every sense (well, apart from in the heat sense!).
Combine the speed with support for Microsoft's DirectStorage technology -- which allows games to load faster by streamlining the access to data on the drive, allowing the GPU to render high-resolution textures up to 60% faster with up to 99% less CPU utilization -- and this drive is the perfect choice for gamers looking to get more performance from their hardware.
As for long-term reliability, only time will tell, but Crucial (and parent company, Micron) have a fantastic track record in my experience, and there's always that five-year limited warranty to fall back on if the worst comes to the worst.