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    Time To Upgrade - SATA SSD or NVME M.2?

    Well I need to get a bigger drive, and at present I have a Samsung 840 Pro & 850 Pro.

    I've been doing a bit of reading online, and the benchmarks look impressive for the NVME M.2, but then I read real world usage, people aren't seeing a lot. Then there's the heat issues, throttling, lack of OS stability/compatibility, etc... Makes me wonder are NVME really ready for primetime... hmm

    The 2 drives I've been considering;

    SATA 850 Evo - 500GB
    960 Evo NVME M.2 - 500GB

    So far for the NVME, I've only been considering the 960 Evo, because from what I've read, compared to the Pro, it's a better deal...

    Also I use Win7, but I've read, install the drivers with the OS running SATA, then backup/clone, shutdown, install NVME, install clone/backup, and boot into new system. Anyone know if this works smooth?

    Last thought, is Samsung still the King for SSD, or any others I should consider?

    THANKS
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    i cant really speak from personal experience, but a buddy got himself a M.2 drive on his new build. He is like me, just games wants things to be pretty and load quickly. He hasn't noticed any substantial difference between his old SSD. Which has caused me too look at pricing over anything else, and for $ to space ratio, i just went with a new 1TB SSD for the same price to a M.2 256gb

    If you do a lot of file transfers it may be beneficial to get a M.2, but for gaming, not so much

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    Yes the gaming aspects I know aren't much..

    I guess I didn't ask, if anyone might know for compiling software there will be a difference?

    I compile a lot in Linux and was considering the M.2, hoping it might improve compile times?

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    In that scenario a M.2 will indeed be the better option
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    I guess the thing is, order the bloody thing and try and see...

    Now, I'm concerned about heat, also as I mentioned I use Win7, and I've read install the drivers with the OS running SATA, then backup/clone, shutdown, install NVME, install clone/backup, and boot into new system, and this is suppose to work... So I need to make sure on this as well...

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    just have a fan blow over it and it will be cool.
    its like comparing to a CPU, the more load = the more heat.
    i my self have a fan blowing across it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlackROG View Post
    I guess the thing is, order the bloody thing and try and see...

    Now, I'm concerned about heat, also as I mentioned I use Win7, and I've read install the drivers with the OS running SATA, then backup/clone, shutdown, install NVME, install clone/backup, and boot into new system, and this is suppose to work... So I need to make sure on this as well...
    Hi SlackROG,
    How's Tux
    My wife's old laptop has a 1TB Crucial MX200 SSD and my R5E has a Samsung 960 Pro 1TB, both Win10, and I don't see any difference in boot times. For copying large files, however, the NVME really screams or so it appears to me (see Samsung brochure attached). As far as temps, in Samsung Magician you can see the S.M.A.R.T. data and it shows the NVME temp at 28C whether idle or reading/writing (maybe it is a long-term average?). On the R5E it is behind the video card, but I have an HAF932 high airflow case. You probably won't regret getting an NVME boot drive, and if you don't you will lie awake at night wondering if you should have The Samsung firmware and drivers can be found here http://www.samsung.com/semiconductor...ownload/tools/
    Good luck!
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    @kkn I have 2x 140mm in the front of the case, so hopefully that's enough air flow...

    @R5Eandme Tux is Rocking as always! You might have to change that Nick to --> Tuxandme

    Yeah I better go for a 960 Evo and see how it goes, I'm sure compile times will be faster...

    Thanks

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