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standard ssd drive --VS--- m.2 ssd drive
show user profile  npcph
So i ordered a new computer and was going to switch to an SSD drive as soon as it gets here. It has a port for a M.2 SSD drive but i wasn't sure what the difference was between this one and a standard cable connected ssd drive. it doesn't look like a speed diffence so whats the deal?


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11/2/2015 5:41:52 PM (last edit: 11/2/2015 5:41:52 PM)
show user profile  Sangre

The boot times in the video above are very long for some reason.
I'm using a Silicone Power SATA3 SSD which boots my windows 7 in around 20 seconds. Totally satisfied with it. Not sure if M.2 or PCIe drives would improve performance all that much.
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11/2/2015 10:34:27 PM (last edit: 11/2/2015 10:45:12 PM)
show user profile  joelr
Yeh I would say- unless your drive speed is very very critical for your everyday work, your best option would be a regular SSD. The speed is good enough (and if upgrading from a HHD it's very much faster) and won't cost you an arm and a leg.

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11/3/2015 5:48:13 AM (last edit: 11/3/2015 5:48:13 AM)
show user profile  ijzerman

I found this, it says its like the sata protocol but faster 10GB/s vs 6 GB/s.
As far as i know, its just the controller and interface thats different, the actual ssd bit is the same.
For instance, you can get the samsung pro series in both sata 2 and M2 standard. Same SSD, different connector.

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11/3/2015 9:40:29 AM (last edit: 11/3/2015 9:40:29 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
M.2 SSD drives have the potential to be faster than a standard SATA3 drive.
Many of the cheaper M.2 drives are made with a SATA3 controller though, which results in the same speed as a normal SATA3 SSD. (6Gb - 4-500/4-500 R/W speed)
The faster ones will normally be listed as PCI-Express 3.0 x4.

m.2 drives are also sort of neat, since they don't use up a SATA port, so you can have more storage drives.. They are also sort of not neat, since it is harder to get a USB-to-M.2 Adaptor in case the OS gets bonked, and you need to recover some files.

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11/3/2015 10:01:37 AM (last edit: 11/3/2015 2:35:21 PM)
show user profile  npcph
Thanks for the info guys. After watching that video and checking out a few more sites, i think the best bet is the Samsung evo 850 m.2 500 gig drive. about $180 usd and should speed things up a lot. that and 32 gig of ram should make it pretty fast.

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11/4/2015 6:28:32 PM (last edit: 11/4/2015 6:28:32 PM)
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