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NVMe, SSD and M.2

April 15, 2019, Written by 0 comment

Most people understand what precisely a Solid State Drive (SSD) is and most likely have got one mounted in your notebook.

Opposed to a regular spinning hard drive, an SSD is much quicker which usually is why we suggest putting in an SSD as the ideal way to boost the overall performance of an older computer system, laptop computer or a dedicated server.

The fact that is right up until we started out trying to play around with the new SSD standard – the NVMe M.2 SSD.

The new way to boost your server overall performance is installing an NVMe M.2 SSD. NVMe is an abbreviation for “Non-Volatile Memory Express” and is the latest standard protocol for being able to access high-speed storage media and it has many strengths compared to legacy standards.

An NVMe disk drive is also an SSD, but rather of hooking up it with a SATA III cable, it plugs straight into the motherboard via the M.2 PCIe slot or an M.2 PCIe Adapter. But please be reminded there is 2x and 4x, and speed is different.

The M.2 part refers to the form factor and so how the drive attaches to the mainboard. Surprisingly, the disk drive is just about the size of a stick of RAM memory. And whilst an SSD will significantly boost the overall performance over a regular spinning hard drive, an NVMe M.2 is very fast in comparison, we can get 3,000 Mb/s in PCIe 3.0 x 4.However, it generates heats too.

Martin

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