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Discussion in 'Systems' started by funkytwig, May 24, 2021.

  1. funkytwig

    funkytwig New Member

    Hi, been looking into getting a 1 or 2TB SSD. I know I need a M.2 PCIe drive but was wondering what to get. Looking at https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/reviews/best-ssds,3891.html it says 'But to make use of that speed today, you'll need either an X570 motherboard or B550 board on the AMD side or a new Z590 motherboard from Intel.'.

    So was wondering if it is cost-effective to get a PCIe v4 drive (and will it even work) or are other cheaper drives just as fast (considering my laptop is a few years old and I don't know if it supports the latest PCIe standards). I am very happy with the speed of the supplied drive and don't want to pay top dollar for the best drive if it will not get any benefit due to the motherboard. Lots of googling has not helped me work out what version of PCIe the laptop has (which version/generation is it).

    So if someone can help me with the version of PCIe or good recommendations for which SSD to go for that would be great.
     
  2. funkytwig

    funkytwig New Member

    PS Western Digital Blue SN550 M.2-2280 2TB PCI Express 3.0 x4 look like a reasonably priced option and gets good reviews but it's only PCIe 3 (which may be all the laptop can support).

    The SSD seems to be Samsung MZVLW512HMJP-00000 which is M.2 PCIe 3.0 (x4) NVMe.

    The motherboard seems to be Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H) (https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/90584/mobile-intel-hm170-chipset.html) which supports PCIe gen 3 so I guess gen 4 is overkill.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2021
  3. funkytwig

    funkytwig New Member

    Seems the WD Blue SN550, while not the fastest SSD performs a little better than the SSD that comes with the laptop according to PassMark (https://www.cpubenchmark.net/) so think I will go for it.
     
  4. m.abby9801

    m.abby9801 New Member

    I've been looking at SSDs and I think based on this I want to get the Samsung 980 pro. Has the fastest read/write based on the benchmark
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2021
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