I’m receiving a Librem 14 soon (for some as yet not determined meaning of the word “soon”).
I’d like to put a 2TB drive in it. If I request an NVMe “Pro” drive from Purism they’ll give me a Samsung 970 PRO with 1TB, not 2TB. If I want 2TB from Purism it will be merely NVMe, not NVMe “Pro”; I’m not sure which Samsung model this will be. In either case Purism will charge me an arm and 2 legs for finding and installing the drive, i.e., the cost will be more than twice what it would cost me to order the same model from elsewhere.
So I have some questions:
Is there any particular reason to favor Samsung? Is Samsung more friendly to libre software? Are their hardware specifications more open? Are they better in any other ways?
In particular, the Samsung 980 PRO comes in the 2TB size. How does this compare with the Samsung 970 PRO? If I understand correctly, each M.2 slot in the L14 will support up to 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes. The 980 PRO can work with PCIe 4.0, but that doesn’t matter for the L14. Does the 980 PRO still perform as well when connected using PCIe 3.0? The 2TB 980 PRO with 1200 TBW should last as long as the 1TB 970 PRO with
Are there any other SSD manufacturers I should consider? Any to avoid?
What are you planning to put in your L14? Assume for the sake of discussion that your L14 will arrive before the end of summer.
Long live free software!