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User Info: emidas

emidas
2 months ago#1
I'm learning about this now, as I'm likely preparing for a new build soon.

How much faster is this than a SATA SSD? Noticeably? What other benefits would this entail?

There is no way to make this work on an older (2011-2012) mobo, correct? There's no NVMe support on those Mobos so the speed benefit is gone?
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User Info: Renraku_San

Renraku_San
2 months ago#2
benchmarks that are posted online will tell you how fast it is compared to sata ssd
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lost_within
2 months ago#3
There is a huge difference in the read/write speeds. Look up benchmarks to confirm, but you wouldn't regret the upgrade.

You can get a expansion card that will plug into your PCI-e slot with m.2 ports, but mileage may vary and I would not recommend that.

To get the most out of NVMe make sure that you get M.2 PCI-e, not M.2 SATA as the SATA version used the the SATA standard as the name implies and is limited to the 6gbs.

You will want to get a new motherboard, to take full advantage.
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User Info: Ryzeki

Ryzeki
2 months ago#4
Your PC is too old, use a SATA ssd. PCIe NVMe drives are considerably faster, but they are also only supported on newer machines.
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gideond
2 months ago#5
I'd just get a SATA SSD with that PC. Yes M.2 is faster, but in real world use you are never going to notice the difference unless you are transferring huge files and like to watch the progress meter tick down.
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User Info: Dirk85UK

Dirk85UK
2 months ago#6
If you are going to get a new build, then there's no reason not to go with an NVME SSD, since they cost only a little more than a SATA SSD with the same capacity.

User Info: PhilOnDez

PhilOnDez
2 months ago#7
Decent ones can be 5-7 times as fast as a SATA SSD but despite that huge difference I wouldn't say it's immediately apparent, definitely not like moving from mechanical to SSD despite being a bigger jump.

In your case, there's nothing stopping you from picking up a pcie card with an m.2 slot, I grabbed one with a pcie m.2 slot and sata m.2 slot for about $20 so they're not really expensive. However, with your CPU (and likely the motherboard as well unless you picked up one with one of the Ivy Bridge chipsets) you're going to be limited to pcie 2.0 which will top you out at 1600MB/s. Still much faster than sata based drives but your cpu/mobo will be a bottleneck since they don't support the newest technology. If you need fast storage it's still the best option, you just won't be getting 100% of the speed the drive offers.

If you're planning on a new build soon I don't see a problem with buying one now and using an adapter, $15 isn't much at all and you'll be able to use it for other PCs as well if you want.
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User Info: emidas

emidas
2 months ago#8
Ryzeki posted...
Your PC is too old, use a SATA ssd. PCIe NVMe drives are considerably faster, but they are also only supported on newer machines.


I mentioned in the first sentence that I'm preparing for a new build.
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Ryzeki
2 months ago#9
emidas posted...
Ryzeki posted...
Your PC is too old, use a SATA ssd. PCIe NVMe drives are considerably faster, but they are also only supported on newer machines.


I mentioned in the first sentence that I'm preparing for a new build.


Being likely to prepare, and preparing for a new build are entirely different things. PCIe drives for your current PC are basically useless, and you are better off with a SATA SSD.

The Sata SSD can still be used on your new PC, but if you want to get a fast boot drive for a new PC, then don't buy anything right now and wait for the new build to incorporate it.

I use both a fast small PCIe drive as a boot drive, and 1TB SSD sata for games etc. Because while not as fast as pcie drives, they are still much faster than old HDDs, and their price has become, imo, acceptable.
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