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Z77 chipset with a 2500K, is getting a M.2 drive over a SATA3 one worth it?

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Thinking about getting a new/larger SSD for my rig, but I don't know how I feel about purchasing a traditional SATA3 SSD with M.2 drives just around the same price range.

The question is, would I be getting the most out of a M.2 drive using a PCIe M.2 riser card on a PCIe 2.0 port?

Thanks.
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Personally, I would just invest in a SSD over the M.2 with the platform you're using. If you were using the Z270 platform, then I would recommend the M.2 but that's my 2cents.gifthumb.gif
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No, unless you are doing something that is really sequential IO intensive such as HD/4K video editing or even just running synthetic disk benchmarks all day long, you will not notice any real world difference between a SATA SSD and an NVMe drive. This has been proven in a number of high profile reviews as well.

Ive just built my new system and have gone for SATA SSD's. By doing so, I have A. got loads more space for my money and B. Avoided any potential throttling issues due to the NVMe drives getting too hot or the system not having enough PCI-E lanes.
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I have used an M.2 Drive, on my desktop, It gets amazing Sequential reads and writes but honestly does not feel any differant to a standard SSD overall, And it consumes extra pcie lanes
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The main reason why I'm using M.2 is I like less clutter inside my case. I agree that speed difference is very minimal in the real world. So my objective is to have less cables in the case for my compact itx build. Besides having dual M.2 slots on an itx (ASUS Strix Z270i) is a wonderful thing to have for a compact rig biggrin.gif
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Thanks for the feedback fellas.

Very informative posts.

SATA SSD it is! (:
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