HDD Vs. SSD Vs. NVMe M.2 – Does a NVMe Drive Help Boot Times?
June 21, 2017 Jon 16 Comments
Today I perform a heap of real world benchmarks (like booting Windows 10, launching Battlefield 1), where I start testing a hard drive vs a ssd vs a nvme m.2 to see what the differences are between these three choices of disk drives, I have a WD 3TB Blue (5400RPM, and yes a 7200RPM will be faster, but not by whole lot to make these benchmarks different) Vs A SSD Vs. a NVMe M.2. Even though the synthetics showed a massive difference, the boot times of games and also the OS showed virtually no difference, and it was here that I thought that most people are not going to really benefit from going from an SSD to an NVMe drive, unless of course they are trying to save time on productitivty workflow (like Adobe Premiere Pro for example).
**Note – There are different types of m.2 drives, m.2 drives that work via pcie and m.2 drives that function like a standard sata 3, and if they are the latter than they will be capped at 6gb/s and cheaper (roughly 550MB/s real world). Be mindful of this when purchasing an m.2.
Though of course there is a big difference between a sata 3 SSD and the HDD, and although you won’t gain FPS in games, you will save a lot of time and you can eliminate some stuttering if your HDD is busy in the background.
Here are some cheap options for SSDs if you want to use them as a boot drive (the 4k reads are much faster, which is very important for speeding up everyday use).
International Kingston 32GB drive for (maybe a fake though) on ebay – https://goo.gl/xvrVng
Amazon 32GB 20$ – http://amzn.to/2go6gRU
64GB SSD – – http://amzn.to/2gabwWj
Fast & Solid Value NVMe – http://amzn.to/2go4kch
525GB MX300 SSD – http://amzn.to/2go9ept
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