Should I upgrade to a NVME SSD?

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  1. blesner

    blesner Ancient Guru

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    I currently have x2 Sata SSDs with my main being 1TB Samsung SATA SSD with a speed of 500+MB/S.

    My question is should I upgrade to a NVME SSD? Will I see a performance increase in game? If so, which one should I buy in terms of future proofing and best performance with low temperatures?



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  2. RealNC

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    Nope. Neither in games nor in the OS and applications. There's plenty of SATA SSDs vs NVMe gaming benchmarks online. They all have the same conclusion: only buy an NVMe if you're looking for more storage, since prices are now virtually identical between SATA and NVMe. Do not buy one hoping it's going to be a speed upgrade.

    Things might change when "DirectStorage" for DirectX comes out, and games start actually supporting it. See:

    https://devblogs.microsoft.com/directx/directstorage-is-coming-to-pc/

    But right now, there is no perf difference in games between SATA and NVMe.

    There are use cases where NVMe provides speed advantages right now, like in high performance storage servers. Maybe video content creation as well (like lossless 8K video in systems with obscene amounts of RAM and whatnot.) But that's about it.
     
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  3. blesner

    blesner Ancient Guru

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    Will it not boost my max FPS as my system could be limited by the bandwidth of data?
     
  4. DannyD

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    Won't boost fps but will give your system a general kick in the ass, make things more snappy for you.
    I'd highly advise a good nvme, or two.
     
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    The route i'm going with my pcs is: M.2 for OS & Applications, SSD for games & HDD as storage/random low prio games.

    Booting and installing stuff will defo be faster than SSD.
     
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    I'd have to say no to both posts above this one. It hardly matters and only shows benefits in synthetic I/O benchmarks, not in games:



     
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    RealNC is correct.

    A good quality SSD is virtually the same as a 4.0 NVME. Been there and wasted money on a Sabrent Rocket 4.0, great drive but kinda pointless at this point in time.

    I love the NVME M2 form factor, great for a tidy build and highly recommend them.
     
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    Raserian Member Guru

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    Don't upgrade, SATA works just fine.
     
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    cucaulay malkin Ancient Guru

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    you won't tell a diference
    i got a highly recommended sx8200pro 1t just to check it out,and while it's fast,my 6 other sata ssds are absolutely fine too.
    I'd rather someone launched an affordable 4TB 3d tlc drive than add another 100mb/s to sequential reads on pci-e 4.0 drives
     
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    blesner Ancient Guru

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    Thank you every one!
    Will it not boost my lowest 1% in FPS?

    I also get the odd hitching in Forza and GTA 5
     

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    blesner Ancient Guru

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    Will it not boost my minimum FPS? I also get the odd hitching in Forza and GTA 5.
     
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    Nah it just makes life on the pc a bit more comfortable.:)
     
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    SSD's using NVME won't be worth it for gaming until DirectStorage is mainstream.
     
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    Recently I compared the difference between system and planet texture streaming in EDO.
    The drives I tested with are a 870 EVO 4TB and a 980 Pro 1TB.
    Conclusion: there is no noticeable difference if any that affects the load times when jumping between systems and texture load when getting close to planets.

    DirectStorage will take some time to get implemented, so if for games only, I would advise to got with a descent SATA SSD with as much space as possible.
     

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