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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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  1. Muhammad Ibrahim
    June 21, 2017 - 5:57 pm

    you bought / tested low transfer rating M.2 , if you test the same with samsung evo pro M.2 the result will blown your mind.

  2. Yousef Albaker
    June 21, 2017 - 6:04 pm

    Use 7200hdd not this slow one next time please

  3. WhiteKnightDrifter
    June 21, 2017 - 6:06 pm

    I;m unsure of the current HDDs technologies there are out there, maybe some gurus are able to assist/correct me in terms of performance.

    Is this order correct?


    M.2 Protocols

    Where does NVMe comes into play

  4. Justin Brown
    June 21, 2017 - 6:47 pm

    honestly I hate when youtubers link stuff cause it caused a price jump… $35 ssd now $47…. bull $*I&!!!!!!!!

  5. Luka Andrejević
    June 21, 2017 - 7:07 pm

    thank you so much! I was close to buy NVMe M.2 but now i see i don't need it 🙂

  6. Ferry Ansony
    June 21, 2017 - 7:50 pm

    The only reason i wasn't using SATA SSD is because the money i shaved from using cheaper SATA SSD from NVME isn't all that different

  7. Fred Nexus
    June 21, 2017 - 8:23 pm

    What about premiere pro export times? Is it faster to export within the m2 drive or to an ssd?

  8. yumri4
    June 21, 2017 - 8:27 pm

    for my storage i have 2 solutions for it
    my main computer with 1 128GB SATA SSD, 1 256GB SATA SSD, and 1 1TB SATA SSD
    a back up computer with 1 256GB HDD and 1 3TB HDD
    the cost to replace my back up computer is as much as that one 1 TB SATA SSD so the main computer is more for speed than for value per amount of drive space
    for gamers though the loading times in games are also reduced but everything else is the same between them using the same game

  9. xXWesley2010Xx
    June 21, 2017 - 9:05 pm

    what about hybrid drives sshd why wasn't it tested too????

  10. Michael Perna
    June 21, 2017 - 10:03 pm

    36 seconds on a cold boot with a ssd? that seems really high even if you're waiting for the hour glass you stop at the desktop

  11. evofx
    June 21, 2017 - 10:40 pm

    Something wrong with your NVME as other channels report below 6 seconds boot times.

  12. Bleex
    June 21, 2017 - 10:52 pm

    Keep your current SSD as your boot drive.
    If you want to game, move your games over to your NVME drive and game off of them, off your current backup 7200rpm backup. You'll game better off the NVME drive.
    Still have questions? If you move games around from one hard drive to another? If you move stuff off your backup drive, move them to your NVME drive. If you have World of Warcraft on your SSD, move it over to your NVME drive. Keep your SSD clear of everything. And have your NVME drive full of games that you want to play…fast.

  13. Sabbra Cadabra
    June 21, 2017 - 11:30 pm

    your Mb took forever to post

  14. Ignafiltro Sanchez
    June 21, 2017 - 11:40 pm

    Even for a 5400rpm drive, you HDD is ridiculously slow.

  15. Alex Brady
    June 22, 2017 - 12:26 am

    Thanks! This really helped :).

    My new laptop came with a 500GB SSD SATA drive, but it has an extra M.2 slot which supports NVMe. I was hesitating to invest in an NVMe drive, but it looks like I wouldn't be able to tell the difference based on my use of the computer :).

    I think I'll just use the extra M.2 slot add a terabyte of extra SSD SATA storage instead of 500GB SSD NVMe storage for the same price!

  16. Sirius V
    June 22, 2017 - 12:44 am

    What about durability?
    And cooling?
    HDD usually crashes and dies after a 2-4 years of use.

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