M.2 VS traditionnal SSD speed ?

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  1. sayopara

    sayopara MDL Novice

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    Hello.
    Well i know the main pros of M.2 is higher I/O speed but realisticly speaking (for everyday usage), how faster it is ?

    If it's worth the change, i'd switch from a 250GB 850 EVO to something like 500GB 970 EVO or PRO in November/December during sales.

    Thanks for any advices.
     
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  2. LiteOS

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    What are doing that involving ssd speed ?
     
  3. sayopara

    sayopara MDL Novice

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    I'm not sure if i understood correctly, but i wanted to know how faster M2 actually is compared to SATA III (for anybody that owns one)
     
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  4. LiteOS

    LiteOS MDL Expert

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    There some good increase of responsiveness when doing normal tasks in the OS
    and more, its not the increase from hdd to ssd
    I would recommand to upgrade if u have heavy tasks involving writing reading to disk
     
  5. sayopara

    sayopara MDL Novice

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    I dropped HDD a moment ago (since I have this particular 850 EVO for about 2-3 years)
    Would you recommend Samsung or another brand though ?
     
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  7. sayopara

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  10. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    #11 MrG, Oct 5, 2018
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    Here is a speed comparison I ran earlier this year between the Samsung 850 EVO SSD, 960 EVO M.2 SSD & Western Digital 7200 RPM spinner.

    SSD speed comparisonB.jpg

    Edit These are all on Test Rig 1 - specs
    ASUS Z170M-E D3
    i3-6300 Core CPU @ 3.8 GHz
    1x8 GB Corsair DDR3 Memory (1600 MHz)
     
  11. Flipp3r

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    i7-6700 cpu? Seems quite old. What's your mainboard? Does it support nvme (pcie) m.2 ssd?
    Some older boards only supported sata m.2. Some m.2 slots could also be for wifi/bluetooth & not storage.
    You's better check that out before spending the $$$...
     
  12. sayopara

    sayopara MDL Novice

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    not that old lol
    b150 pro from asus, i do have the m2 port
     
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  13. Flipp3r

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    Yep, it's a combo: 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode).
    I'd go with the samsung..
     
  14. sayopara

    sayopara MDL Novice

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    that was my thinking as well, can't wait sales :D
     
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  15. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Consider heat, some M.2 run very hot. SATA is good for normal OS use, M.2 etc are usually used for media editing and database management most home users don't need one.
     
  16. Joe C

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    Office and a few other apps seem to open faster with an NVMe drive also.
    I do not think heat is that much of an issue anymore, at most the drive will slow itself down if it does get too hot
     
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    What about OS boot time?

    I'm considering switching from Crucial MX500 250GB to Intel 760p 256p or Samsung 970 Evo, and i'm curious about a boot time differences.
     
  18. MrG

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    I can only answer on those on Test Rig 1as they have the same PC Specs, both Win10 Pro v1803 also.
    Click the Start/Restart button, hit enter @ the dual boot select OS screen & stop timing @ lockscreen.
    The Samsung 850 EVO = 28 seconds on 2nd & 3rd test, both the same
    The Samsung 960 EVO M.2 = 28 seconds on 2nd & 3rd test, both the same.

    They both were the same & both had a 27.5 seconds on 1 of the tests but I left it as a 28 seconds anyway.
    I am sure these times put the WD 2700 RTM spinner to shame, but I didn't run before & after tests on this machine.

    But my sisters (weak POS) Lenovo G575 laptop Seagate 5400 RPM vs Samsung 860 EVO shaved off 1 minute, 40 seconds on the same timing test,
    except she doesn't dual boot so it doesn't get the dual boot screen which adds a few seconds to the total too.


    HTH
     
  19. LiteOS

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    mb oc will make same gain