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trying to figure out SSD config for new PC build

Building a new gaming/workstation rig and trying to figure out the best SSD configuration.

I'm building on the ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-H and am trying to figure out the optimal way to get 2 TB of SSD in there with fault tolerance.

My ideal would be 4x 1TB drives in RAID10, but could settle for 2x 2TB drives in RAID1 (unless you want to convince me this is the wrong thing to want).

It's clear to me that I can stick 4x 1TB SATA drives in there no problem, but M.2 PCIe drives would be faster.

But there are only 2 M.2 PCIe slots on the board.

Is there an adapter or card or something that will expand the number of M.2 PCIe slots so I can do 4x 1TB M.2 PCIe drives? Do I just go with SATA instead? Would 2x 2TB M.2 PCIe in RAID1 be better(faster) than 4x 1TB SATA in RAID10?

Probably doing this with Crucial MX500 drives regardless of configuration.

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Would 2x 2TB M.2 PCIe in RAID1 be better(faster) than 4x 1TB SATA in RAID1

one decent NVME will be faster than 4 AHCI M.2s in RAID 0, lol.

RAID isn't a backup, run one or two NVME and do your backup elsewhere.

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It's the downtime protection I need from RAID. Backup is handled via steam cloud and dropbox--I don't keep important files anywhere but dropbox.

So... I guess you're saying 2x 2TB NVMe drives in the M.2 slots is the way to go?

Edit: like a pair of these? https://www.newegg.com/sabrent-rocke...9015-_-Product
Ends up being $100 more than what I was planning with the MX500's, but I guess worth it for NVMe?

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if you spend time writing large files from disk to disk multiple times a day, maybe. zero difference in 99% of real world tasks.

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now I'm confused (sorry). You're saying it's not worth the $100 for NVMe? I should just stick with the cheaper MX500s (they're M.2 SATA III) instead of M.2 PCIe 3.1 x4 on the pricier Sabrent's I linked above. (Thanks for your help)

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the drive you have in your OP is DRAM less, I wouldn't buy it regardless of the price.

the price difference between a (worthwhile) NVME drive and a AHCI one is usually very little, so in that case then sure, go for the NVME. But the performance difference in 99% of the things you probably will do will be identical.

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Thanks so much for your help. Do you recommend any other drives? I'm really just working off of this review: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...ssds,3891.html and trying to find the cheapest option on there, as I haven't kept up with best/reliable/fastest SSDs in the past 5 years. I can pull the trigger on the sabrent but I'm happy to entertain better options if they're out there.

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basically any NVME that isn't QLC or DRAM-less, the HP EX900/920/950, Adata XPG SX8200/SX8200 Pro or GAMMIX S11, Samsung 970, Mushkin Pilot/Pilot-E, Sabrent Rocket Q, ...

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Yeah go with those 2tb rockets. Then you wont need a mess of sata cables.

did you click the link he posted? he's asking about a Sabrent 2TB Rocket that's an M.2 2242 DRAM-less Low Power NVME SSD

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basically any NVME that isn't QLC or DRAM-less, the HP EX900/920/950, Adata XPG SX8200/SX8200 Pro or GAMMIX S11, Samsung 970, Mushkin Pilot/Pilot-E, Sabrent Rocket Q, ... basically anything that isn't




did you click the link he posted? he's asking about a Sabrent 2TB Rocket that's an M.2 2242 DRAM-less Low Power NVME SSD
Thanks. Found Rocket Q's at the same price as the rockets I linked above

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