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Upgrade to M.2 Or just Upgrade 2nd Drive?

Syralys
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I'm using a Samsung 850 Evo SSD as my Bootup and my main games I play along side a WD Black 1Tb HDD. I was looking at some sales for Black Friday on Newegg and a couple other sites to potentially upgrade my storage since I have a lot of Steam games. 

 

I found an M.2  Samsung 860 Evo 2Tb for what seems to be a good price for an M.2 SSD though I've never used an M.2 because I know they're not much different in SSDs in terms of performance just less cables less bulky hard drives. With the M.2 I would have enough for almost everything including almost every game I own currently in my SSD though I do know that eventually I will have to deal with this issue again later down the line, but will have the 850 SSD and the HDD to back me up for later. 

 

OR I can just upgrade the WD to a Seagate 2Tb SSHD and get pretty good performance. 

 

The motherboard I'm using is ASRock Z370

 

I'm just looking to see which route may benefit me in the long run. Thanks in advance for your responses :)

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If you have the budget for the 2TB 860 EVO, there's no reason to consider a 2TB SSHD (which aren't that good anyways). 

3 minutes ago, Syralys said:

I found an M.2  Samsung 860 Evo 2Tb for what seems to be a good price for an M.2 SSD though I've never used an M.2 because I know they're not much different in SSDs in terms of performance just less cables less bulky hard drives.

M.2 is a form factor, not an interface.

 

The 860 EVO comes in both a 2.5" and M.2 variants.

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6 minutes ago, Syralys said:

I'm using a Samsung 850 Evo SSD as my Bootup and my main games I play along side a WD Black 1Tb HDD. I was looking at some sales for Black Friday on Newegg and a couple other sites to potentially upgrade my storage since I have a lot of Steam games. 

 

I found an M.2  Samsung 860 Evo 2Tb for what seems to be a good price for an M.2 SSD though I've never used an M.2 because I know they're not much different in SSDs in terms of performance just less cables less bulky hard drives. With the M.2 I would have enough for almost everything including almost every game I own currently in my SSD though I do know that eventually I will have to deal with this issue again later down the line, but will have the 850 SSD and the HDD to back me up for later. 

 

OR I can just upgrade the WD to a Seagate 2Tb SSHD and get pretty good performance. 

 

The motherboard I'm using is ASRock Z370

 

I'm just looking to see which route may benefit me in the long run. Thanks in advance for your responses :)

I'd personally go with the 2.5" variant to leave open the m.2 slot for an nvme/pcie ssd down the line :) (and it's $3 cheaper so it's not a better deal to get the m.2)

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23 minutes ago, Syralys said:

Awesome thank you two for your responses :)

The 1tb is $128 right now, can save money grabbing 2 instead of the 2tb if money is more of a concern.  Your motherboard should have 6-8 SATA ports anyway.

 

Depending on how many M.2 slots you have, @mikat has a good point.  I have 3, so filled 2 with 860 EVO's and leaving 1 open for NVMe possibly.  Tho I doubt I'll go NVMe unless the prices come much closer to SATA SSD's.  Right now it makes no sense for that little real world gaming performance increase.

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