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  1. #1
    ROG Enthusiast Array bfollowell PC Specs
    bfollowell PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700K
    Memory (part number)G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) F4-3200C16D-16GTZB
    Graphics Card #1ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC edition 8GB 11Gbps ROG-STRIX-GTX1080-O8G-11GBPS
    Sound CardSound BlasterX AE-5
    MonitorASUS ROG Swift PG279Q & ASUS VW246H
    Storage #1Samsung 850 EVO Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
    Storage #2Western Digital Black Series 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hard Drive
    CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X61
    CaseCorsair 750D
    Power SupplyEVGA 750 G3
    Keyboard Logitech G710+
    Mouse Logitech G602
    Headset Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro
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    SSD advice for new gaming build

    I'm planning my first new gaming build in about six years and am planning to base it around the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero Z270 motherboard. My question is about the SSD for my main system/game drive. I've been considering the Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB drive. It is available in 2.5" SATA and M.2 versions. There's hardly any difference in price and the read/write speeds shown on the spec sheet are almost identical. Actually, the 2.5" SATA version shows just a tad bit faster write speed, but they're almost identical. If these things are so close, what incentive is there for me to choose the M.2 version over the 2.5" SATA version? What am I missing?

    I know I need to study up on the newer technology before I start purchasing but I figured I'd start here by asking for some advice/opinions.

    For those interested, here is my planned build as it currently stands.

    Thanks.

    - Byron



    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.55 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X31 69.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston Savage 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($128.35 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($167.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($92.48 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card ($419.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.90 @ Jet)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.89 @ OutletPC)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.88 @ OutletPC)
    Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($125.92)
    Headphones: Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset ($116.99 @ Best Buy)
    Other: NZXT Internal USB Hub
    Total: $1781.70
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-08 00:17 EST-0500

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    TeamROG Folding@Home Array ottoyu34 PC Specs
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    MotherboardMaximus IX Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 7700K
    Memory (part number)Trident Z RGB (F4-3600C16D-16GTZR)
    Graphics Card #1ROG Strix GTX1080 Ti OC
    MonitorLG IPS LED 27"
    Storage #1Samsung SSD 850 PRO 1TB
    Storage #2Crucial MX300 525GB SSD
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro H115i
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    Power SupplyEVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3
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    M.2 is the form factor, which most commonly found m.2 ssd will have Nvme or sata protocol for communication. Sata variant's performance is usually very similar to 2.5" form factor SATA3 SSDs. On the other hand, nVme ones are usually have read/write sequential speeds ranging up to 3000MB/s.

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    Moderator Array Nate152 PC Specs
    Nate152 PC Specs
    MotherboardROG Maximus IX Code
    Processori7-7700k 5.2GHz Delidded
    Memory (part number)16GB G.Skill Trident Z 4025MHz 17-17-17-39-2T
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    Sound CardROG SupremeFX 2015
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    Hi bfollowell

    Yeah the fastest are the pcie x4 NVMe ssd's.

    Something like the 960 pro or evo is the newest/fastest.

    960 pro

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...=REG&A=details

    960 evo

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._evo_nvme.html


    Sata III is limited to about 550 MB/s that's why you won't find any sata III drives faster than that.

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    ROG Enthusiast Array bfollowell PC Specs
    bfollowell PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700K
    Memory (part number)G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) F4-3200C16D-16GTZB
    Graphics Card #1ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC edition 8GB 11Gbps ROG-STRIX-GTX1080-O8G-11GBPS
    Sound CardSound BlasterX AE-5
    MonitorASUS ROG Swift PG279Q & ASUS VW246H
    Storage #1Samsung 850 EVO Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
    Storage #2Western Digital Black Series 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hard Drive
    CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X61
    CaseCorsair 750D
    Power SupplyEVGA 750 G3
    Keyboard Logitech G710+
    Mouse Logitech G602
    Headset Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro
    Headset/Speakers Logitech G​51 Surroun​d Sound 5.​1 Speaker ​System
    OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Network RouterLinksys WRT3200ACM

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    OK, yeah, I can see I need to read up and familiarize myself with all the newer technologies. Thanks guys. You've given me a lot to think and read about.

    - Byron

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