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M.2 VS 2.5" SSDs

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I'd get the 1TB and have the higher capacity.

 

The main difference between M.2 SATA and 2.5" SATA is form factor.

 

M.2 goes on your motherboard directly, SATA uses a cable and goes in a drive tray, similar to a hard drive.

M.2 is usually slightly faster, but the board will turn off one or two SATA ports when the M.2 slot is in use.

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Read and write speeds are better with M.2 NVMe. It uses the PCI that can handle much faster reads and writes


Up to 3,500 MB/s reads  Up to 2,500 MB/s writes vs the SATA drive that can only do Up to 550 MB/s reads Up to 520 MB/s writes.

 

Depends on what your doing, but your probably better off getting the 1TB drive, it is still plenty fast for most people.

 

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I'd go for the 2.5" unless you really need the NVMe speeds.. Samsung SSDs are close to, if not, the fastest SSDs on the market already so even a 2.5" would be pretty quick.

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For gaming, the 1tb SATA SSD is better value.

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100% I'd go for the 1TB. So much more storage, and games are getting huge.

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Go for capacity! I’d rather 1TB of space rather than slightly better performance 5-10% of the time.

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2 hours ago, Ashiok said:

I got the 1TB ssd! Thanks everyone! 

Best choice.

 

I chose the m.2 route in your scenario, just because I had been using SSDs for years and fancied an upgrade.

 

I have a 250GB m.2, a 500GB and 120GB SSD and a 4TB HDD now. That meets all my needs as the SSDs are about half full now (no plans to buy/download new games or programs for now).

 

Choosing the solution that works for you is best, sometimes it’s necessary to have a m.2 and sometimes it just for fun.

 

 

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17 hours ago, Crunchy Dragon said:

The main difference between M.2 SATA and 2.5" SATA is form factor.

 

The M.2 one is NVMe, not SATA. 

 

I saw OP went with the 1TB but just to say what I would have:

NVMe is not worth it for consumer applications. SATA SSDs are slower, yes, but the performance benefit of NVMe is unnoticeable in day-to-day use. Get the 1TB and enjoy more storage with similar performance.

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