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M.2 PCIe vs SATA SSDs


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What is the difference? Is 1 more superior over the other? Looks like they both go into the M.2 slots on the motherboard but 1 has a different male connector.

 

I am not asking the different between PCIe and SATA. I am asking the difference between M.2 PCIe and M.2 SATA. When I go to Newegg and search for "SSD" I have to choose between the 2 options.

 

I am looking to upgrade from a standard SATA Samsung 860 EVO SSD to a M.2 Samsung 970 EVO Plus. Would it be considered an "upgrade?" It looks like the M.2 SATA is newer tech over M.2 PCIe based on the release dates of these items?


Edited by heartgrave, 19 February 2020 - 08:00 PM.

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Edited by heartgrave, 19 February 2020 - 07:42 PM.

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m.2 is the form factor.  The physical connection.  The other half of the equation is that they come in either sata or nvme.   You will need to look at your system documentation to see if it supports NVME.  I've included some links to help explain the technology and also a review of the driver your looking at getting.

 

NVME works directly with the pci-e bus, making it much faster.

 

https://www.pcworld....about-nvme.html

 

https://techreport.c...me-vs-ssd-test/

 

So to answer your question, yes the M.2 Samsung 970 EVO Plus would be an upgrade

https://pcper.com/20...e-speed-leader/


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Thank you! I have an ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 Motherboard. So, I believe it does? This is what it says in the specs:

M.2 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1), support M Key type 2230/2242/2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32Gb/s)**
2 x Ultra M.2 Sockets (M2_2 and M2_3), support M Key type 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 M.2 SATA3 6.0Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32Gb/s)**
** Supports Intel Optane Technology
** Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
** Supports ASRock U.2 Kit

I understand that I lose access to things plugged into certain SATAs, yes? Swapping them isn't an issue for me. "Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks? Should this be of concern? 

 

This is the one I want. https://www.newegg.c...N82E16820147743

 

Reading the tech article, I see now that SATA versions access the SATA bus, while NVME access the PCIe bus. Thank you.

 

I did do a PCpartpicker and they didn't say there any conflicts.


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sounds good and good luck!


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