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SATA SSD or M.2 NVMe SSD in New PC Build?


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#1 F1Help

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 09:25 AM

Hi,

I am considering getting a new PC soon (built at my local PC shop).  I would like a 500 GB SSD for the Windows 10 OS and apps (also a 2 TB HDD for data).  The PC is intended to be used as a general purpose home PC, with some gaming.

Which is best for the SSD?

  • SATA SSD
  • M.2 NVMe SSD

I understand that the latter has the better performance (as no SATA bottleneck) but are there any advantages/disadvantages to consider, other than cost?  Does a traditional SATA SSD run cooler for example?

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:06 AM

Both are good options actually.

Now yes nvme is better but if cost factor is an issue there is no shame in going with a SATA SSD.

There are a few SATA SSD's out there that are actually pretty fast despite the SATA bottleneck such as the Crucial MX500 (a great budget option that offers both speed and performance) 


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 04:59 PM

NVMe drives are more durable and faster although the average user won't wear out a SATA ssd in the lifetime of their computer. NVMe drives do run hot but the type of memory used in SSDs actually runs faster hot. 


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Posted 05 August 2018 - 05:36 PM

Well it also depends on if the SSD's can be mounted in where the fans are at too, some cases do have ssd brackets on the power supply shroud.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 09:30 AM

Thanks for your replies.  Just a few other SSD-related questions:

1) Is it okay using a 2.5 inch SATA SSD in a desktop PC (not a laptop)?  Why are SSDs usually 2.5 inch and not 3.5 inch?

2) There are some M.2 drives that use SATA (instead of NVMe).  What is the benefit of these?  I assume they won't be faster than a regular 2.5 inch SATA SSD?



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Posted 06 August 2018 - 11:49 AM

Thanks for your replies.  Just a few other SSD-related questions:

1) Is it okay using a 2.5 inch SATA SSD in a desktop PC (not a laptop)?  Why are SSDs usually 2.5 inch and not 3.5 inch?

2) There are some M.2 drives that use SATA (instead of NVMe).  What is the benefit of these?  I assume they won't be faster than a regular 2.5 inch SATA SSD?

 

Well SSD's are very small compared to standard ones as the internals are small

 

most modern SSD's barely take half of the casing they are in

 

 

of couse this depends on how they are made

 

NVME drives are even smaller:


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 04:56 PM

As for msata vs nvme nvme is faster.

NVME uses the PCIexpress protocol so it doesnt have the limitations of SATA.

Now yes you can use msata drives for m.2 but its better to use nvme.

msata is kind of expensive even moreso than NVME in some cases.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 11:51 PM

Having just put together a system using an NVMe drive, I feel I would have noticed the performance being held back if I'd economized by reusing a SATA SSD, and the system isn't a top end performance unit.


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 07:59 AM

Having just put together a system using an NVMe drive, I feel I would have noticed the performance being held back if I'd economized by reusing a SATA SSD, and the system isn't a top end performance unit.

 

Well the difference is very subtle to the end user but there are some tasks NVME is better at such as compression speed and file transfer.

Granted NVME ironically is slower at boot up than SATA and the advantages are not nearly as perceptive compared to going from HDD to SSD


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:37 AM

It's also neat to have a bootable system entirely on the mainboard.


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:40 AM

Indeed, I mean a NVME isnt a necessity and one can live without it but it does bring something cool to the table.


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Posted 08 August 2018 - 11:48 AM

Knowing that NVMe ironically is slower at boot up than SATA has made me consider going for a traditional 2.5 inch SATA SSD.



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Posted 08 August 2018 - 11:56 AM

Well they are cheaper so there is that


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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:29 PM

If I can rustle up a spare SATA SSD I might clone and do a comparison of boot time, but I've always found it strange that people give weight to Windows start up time, which often occurs only once or twice in a day, in comparison to the speed of operations you're performing dozens or hundreds of times per day.


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