4 months ago
I am planning on buying a Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD M.2 2280 - 2TB for my current computer. Its the disk I have planned to use in my next computer, but I have decided I want to postpone buying the next computer and just upgrade my current one with this disk... if it makes sense. That its the Plus version of this disk makes it have 800 mbps write speed as far as I can tell, so that seems worth it.
I am not sure how good these PCIE expansion cards are? Some of them seem to only support SATA speeds, making it a bit pointless to get what seems to be the fastest SSD a regular consumer can buy. There is another thread asking about using x2 and x4 ports for it. I have to check, but I think I might only have a x2 port. The disks specs says PCI Express 3.0 x4 (NVMe), so I am guessing I will need x4 to get the full speed, and otherwise it would be... half the speed? Which is still much faster than my current SATA SSDs though. But I want to try to make the most of it.
This is the expansion card I am looking at right now: https://www.startech.com/dk/HDD/Adapters/pci-express-m2-pcie-ssd-adapter~PEX4M2E1
I have seen cards that support two M.2 disks, but seems like that would not make much sense if both of them requires 4x PCIE, if its going into a 4x port anyway. 2 would require an 8x port I take it?
Seems like it should be possible for me to install Windows on it, which I am sure will help with boot times.
Btw. checked my specs: Motherboard should be a MSI Z170-A PRO. The CPU is the i7 6700K
So I have looked at the specs of the motherboard a bit, and it seems I do have 2 X16 PCIE slots, one I am using for my GPU, the other, I will be using for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvPAuaFL_JA Asus Hyper M.2 x16, which supports 4 NVME disks. Instead of getting the 2tb 970 EVO PLUS, I am going with 2x 1tb 970 EVO PLUS disks, to put them in raid... because, why not? Its cheaper and I can put them in raid 0... I think.
I ordered them now because that should hopefully mean I can have it by tomorrow and begin benchmarking it and see if I can install Windows on it.