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Sata vs nvme + adapter : a games drive


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Thinking about getting another ssd strictly for games. Given my desktop wont accept nvme I am wonder if I should just keep it simple with a 2.5” drive, or if it would really be worth the effort/cost of getting something nvme and an adapter.

Thoughts?

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Really matters the games, though normally it does cut loadings in half for myself.

A SSD is still going to be very fast though and you most likely can get a crazy deal on a larger ssd today.

 

If you do go with a adapter you could then run a NVME and Sata m.2 with said adapter which is nice to had the extra 2 smaller drives 

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Another thing to think about is if you're mostly gaming online. I load super fast with NVMe, but often that just means I'm waiting for the consoles (Rocket League) and/or the rest of the players (CSGO, RS2:V) to load. SATA is plenty fast in that regard.

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I think I would be happy to just go for another sata 2.5, but now I am trying to get a decent one cheap. The best deal right now seems to be for Adata su800, but I am not familiar with that...really wish a great mx500 deal would come up (I have had good luck with crucial drives).

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So...a follow on. This is my motherboard

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-Z77-D3H-rev-10#ov

Can you foresee any issues if I used this:

https://www.amazon.ca/ADWITS-Adapter-Compatible-Samsung-Black/dp/B07T58NXVD/ref=mp_s_a_1_30?keywords=nvme%2Bto%2Bpcie%2Badapter&qid=1575724402&refinements=p_85%3A5690392011%2Cp_72%3A11192170011&rnid=11192166011&rps=1&sr=8-30&th=1&psc=1

 

and grabbed an nvme and used it in the pcie X4 slot? 
 

From my understanding of the manual it is the bottom x16 slot, but actually runs at x4. I believe it disables a couple x1 slots when it use,  it I am not using those. Am I missing anything?

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I usually use a PCIe adapter for M.2 drives in most of my rigs (even ones with good M2 slot cooling... as I usually run 3 to 4 NVMe drives in a rig). There are plenty of options. IF you can find a decent one with a heatsink instead of just relying upon air flow... get it instead. They are usually about the same price. As for issues. 99 out 100 if it works in the M2 slot it will work in an x4 slot. PCIe is PCIe.

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20 minutes ago, MARSTG said:

Any updates on this project? I find Toshiba XG5 have great prices on eBay and they are fast drives. Also, if you do have UEFI BIOS you can try to inject the NVME driver in the BIOS for  proper NVME support that would allow booting from NVME too !

I didn’t end up going with an adapter, since I didn’t want to deal with potential issues. Let us know if you do end up giving it a shot.

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