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M.2 Better than a SSD?

short answer: yes

long answer: y                  e                         s

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1 minute ago, TravisB said:

Is M.2 better than a SSD?

if you meant m.2 vs sata SSD then

 

on an average situation

M.2 = faster, smaller, doesnt need cables

Sata = cheaper

 

for average consumer, i would still recommend going with sata... m.2 is still finicky to setup on some motherboards

not to mention its cheaper

the speed doesnt really matter unless you like 1 second faster boot time, a sata SSD is fast enough

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M.2 usually is SSD.

I suppose though you mean, is m.2 better than sata. In which case, Yes.

Or perhaps is it better than pcie? No, they're pretty much the same so long as the m.2 ssd you get actually can make use of the bandwidth.

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I haven't noticed the difference between my samsung 950 m.2 and my 850 ssd. Tbh my m.2 has been pretty unstable though.

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M.2 is just the form factor.

M.2 can run via sATA or PCIe.

PCIe SSDs are generally faster than sATA SSDs.

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uh, M.2 IS a SSD

afaik M.2 hard drives dont exist lol

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If they are both using the sata interface you will see little difference as SSDs have have already pushed that interface to the max so you wont see any gain. If you are using a PCI interface you can see a substantial gain

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1 minute ago, Enderman said:

uh, M.2 IS a SSD

afaik M.2 hard drives dont exist lol

 

In this case yes, but they make m.2 wifi cards and such also.

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Just now, TidaLWaveZ said:

 

In this case yes, but they make m.2 wifi cards and such also.

Is a molex connector better than a CPU?

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Just now, Enderman said:

Is a molex connector better than a CPU?

 

I literally have no idea what you're talking about.

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2 minutes ago, TidaLWaveZ said:

 

In this case yes, but they make m.2 wifi cards and such also.

They are keyed differently and don't cross-fit (no pun intended). 

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4 minutes ago, sushisharkjl said:

They are keyed differently and don't cross-fit (no pun intended). 

 

I thought they had m keyed m.2 wifi cards, but I'm often mistaken.

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Just now, TidaLWaveZ said:

 

I thought they had m keyed m.2 wifi cards, but I'm often mistaken.

I think they only exist in E-keyed FFs.

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M.2 SATA = SSD SATA

M.2 PCIe > SSD SATA

M.2 SATA < SSD NVMe U.2

M.2 PCIe = SSD NVMe U.2

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M.2 is just the interface and not the SSD itself. M.2 on some board can be set as PCIe or SATA. A M.2 PCIe mode SSD will be faster than a normal SSD. But a M.2 SATA mode SSD will be the same as a regular SSD.

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