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Currently I have a Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard. I have standard Samsung SSD's but I'm looking for something faster for gaming. My board does have a m.2 slot however I've read that PCI Express SSD's are faster. My question is is the m.2 slot slower or does it operate at the same speed as a PCI Express card that would go into a full PCI Express slot?

Is this a PCI Express SSD or just m.2?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W03JY5026
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i believe the only thing that may be improved would be load times
    
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Check you mobo book that if you enable the 4x Bandwidth for the M.2 see if it disables the PCIe16_2 slot. If you have another PCIe SSD it may impede.

Edit: Chapt 1 pg 35

Ok I looked at the mobo manual it saysthe socket supports M key and 2242- 2260-2280-22110 size storage devices.
Also says the M.2 Socket 3 shares bandwidth with PCIe x 16_3 Slot
Edited by BinaryBummer - 10/8/16 at 4:41pm
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So a M.2 SSD like the one I posted wouldn't be a good idea? I'm basically looking for a faster load time. A friend god a M.2 and said his load times for the game we play are much faster but I wanted to confirm that with my board and the M.2 slot it would actually work faster than the regular sata.
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well yeah it should load faster.. if enabled bandwidth x4 it would be like up to 32 GB transfer speeds. I can say that my former Intel I7-920 D0 clocked to 3.2Ghz cut my time way down. I was like 5-7 mins booting up, after the EVO 850 500GB (2.5 drive) I cut that to around 2 mins under load.

The 850 EVO is good and stable. Just be sure to study a bit on SSD's and get the latest Magician software 4.9.XX to date and use it. Be sure to pay attention on how to set up a SSD's like no recycle bins and stuff that causes more writes to the drive. Writes mean is will eat at your drives life expectancy.

There are a number of GOOD videos explaining SSD's, try the one for the M.2 as well. As far as loading game yes it will help greatly. Min problem is once you use them you don't want to go back to old 5.25's. So try not to fill up your SSD to fast.
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The new ssd tech is called nvme and can be used in either a m.2 slot, u.2 slot, or the pcie express slot from an add in card. The fastest transfer speeds make use of pcie 3.0 x4 but not all older boards may support this and instead might use either pcie 3.0 x2 or pcie 2.0 or even sata3.

The main luxury to nvme drives is its sequence write and read. One example is if you open a game from desktop it uses sequence read to load the game faster same with loading maps and levels and whatnot. Another big advantage is if you download a lot of mods for games first you download it which is subject to your internet speed but then you install it which makes use of sequence writes.

The most use for day to day is going to be random reads and writes though and while the 950 pro does have a random read of 12,000 iops over the 850 evo 10,000 iops in 4kb qd1 this isn't the real reason to put games on an nvme drive. The new 960 evo/pro increases that random read to 14,000 iops in 4k qd1 which should be a bigger step forward from the 850 evo but the big advantage to nvme drives is its sequence read and writes and also the less heat generated on the 960 series over the 950 series.

If you are in a position to buy the luxury which is an nvme drive as a gaming library you are going to want to wait for the 960 evo/pro 1tb or even the 512gb. I have the 950 pro 512gb and have only used 250gb for my os and five games one of them being heavily modded skyrim. For sata 3 ssd's you want to use less than 3/4's of the drives capacity to retain its speeds and not use 256/256gb which I think works the same on the nvme drives.

Edit: I'm also learning as I go and apologize for any mistakes or misinformation in that but should be a good starting point for you to do your own research on if buying an nvme drive is worth it for you.
Edited by New green - 10/9/16 at 6:11am
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