Best NVMEs for temp storage? (Non outrageously priced ones)

I upgraded most of my NVMEs to Samsung 970 Evo Plus last week and saw a tremendous upswing in speed and efficiency plotting. I managed to get some 1TB 980 pros from my local best buy and am testing them now to see how much of an edge they actually have over the 970 evo plus.

Has anyone else done this already?
Any insights to more cost affordable options or do I already have the best bang for my buck?

One thing I learned the hard way is that you need PCIe 4.0 for the 980 pro’s. They will still work on 3.0 and be better than the 970’s, but to see the real big gain, you will need 4.0.

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luckily I do have gen 4 capability. Thank goodness.