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Old 02-11-17, 02:00 PM
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M.2 PCI-E NVMe SSD?

I built my PC around 4 years ago and it's still going well, I don't need to build a new PC yet but I am looking to upgrade the SSD to get more storage.

However, I noticed a lot has changed since I last bought an SSD, in that the M.2 standard and M.2 with PCIe is becoming more common.

I am looking to get something like a Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD but my motherboard does not support it (I have a Gigabyte Z77-D3H) - see here: https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard...-D3H-rev-10#ov

So as I understand, I will need some sort of adapter. My question is, what adapter will I need and will it affect the SSD's performance if I use an adapter? Is it worth me buying a NVMe drive with this motherboard or shall I just stick to a normal 2.5 inch SSD? I want it to be future proof.

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Old 02-11-17, 02:48 PM
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I would just get a 2.5 Sata one now and put a M.2 drive on the shopping list when you are planning to upgrade and you can then still take the 2.5 with you, as for difference in loading times for windows or games, i haven't noticed much of a difference, if any between my Nvme and normal ssd's.

The real difference i noticed with Adobe Premiere and the speed difference when it was conforming video files, but other then that they perform relatively the same for normal day to day use and gaming. Upside of m.2 is having less cables to deal with when its on the mobo, but its only a minor thing.
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Old 08-11-17, 12:54 PM
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I would just get a 2.5 Sata one now and put a M.2 drive on the shopping list when you are planning to upgrade and you can then still take the 2.5 with you, as for difference in loading times for windows or games, i haven't noticed much of a difference, if any between my Nvme and normal ssd's.

The real difference i noticed with Adobe Premiere and the speed difference when it was conforming video files, but other then that they perform relatively the same for normal day to day use and gaming. Upside of m.2 is having less cables to deal with when its on the mobo, but its only a minor thing.
Ye good point I guess. I also just realised that my mobo was released before NVMe so there is no support for booting via an NVMe drive either, so really pointless for me until I upgrade the mobo, cpu, ram.

Hopefully gonna get myself a Samsung 850 500GB.
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