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    Default New Hard Drive for gaming system

    Thought I would shout my gaming system a new hard drive.
    Currently has the OS on a 250 EVO
    Steam library on another 250 EVO
    Plus a 500 mechanical for storage.
    The mobo is Asus Z170 Gamer & has provision for a M.2 drive, so thought I'd go that way this time.

    M.2 Socket 3, with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110

    Couple of questions:

    1/ Looking at a 500GB, any recomendations or ones to steer away from.
    2/ Would prefer to have the steam library on that drive.
    Would the system be happy running that way, or should the OS be on the M.2 drive.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    Thought I would shout my gaming system a new hard drive.

    1/ Looking at a 500GB, any recomendations or ones to steer away from.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    For a data/ storage drive it's not too important and I'd shop for price and warranty myself.

    One of these would be my choice just from PBtechs available range:
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/HDD...eading--510MBs
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/HDD...-NVMe-PCIe-Gen
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/HDD...2-2280-5-Years

    And while I'd agree with Piroska for mechanical hard drives, for SSDs Samsung is one of the best.

    Another good option if you don't want to go to Pbtech
    https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/sho...nvme-500gb-ssd
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    Ideally you'd have your OS on the M2 drive since it will be considerably quicker than the SSDs and won't make much of a difference in gaming performance.
    The M2 drive might "use" one of the SATA ports that one of those drives are currently using - check your motherboard manual to see if SATA 0 or 1 is unavailable when using an M2 drive.

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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    Quote Originally Posted by autechre View Post
    Ideally you'd have your OS on the M2 drive since it will be considerably quicker than the SSDs and won't make much of a difference in gaming performance.
    The M2 drive might "use" one of the SATA ports that one of those drives are currently using - check your motherboard manual to see if SATA 0 or 1 is unavailable when using an M2 drive.
    Yes I was thinking the OS would be better on the M.2 drive. Bit of hassle having to reinstall it though.
    You are right about it cancelling out one of the sata ports.

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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    Quote Originally Posted by autechre View Post
    Ideally you'd have your OS on the M2 drive since it will be considerably quicker than the SSDs and won't make much of a difference in gaming performance.
    In real world use , is the diff in speed between M2 & SSD actually noticeable ?

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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    In real world use , is the diff in speed between M2 & SSD actually noticeable ?
    Nope, pretty much isn't. For my latest build I replaced an older sata 850 evo with a NVME 970 evo - really can't notice it. And that's as a boot drive, for games the important thing is having an SSD but after that the gains are minimal.
    For me personally I'd get a larger SSD over a faster one at a similar price.

    Here's some evidence to back me up, there's plenty more to be found.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCDQaE9N-eo

    I use the 970 evo as a boot drive and for some games, the 850 evo I retained as a steam drive, and I use a regular 2TB HDD for the overflow. I notice the difference running games from the hdd but otherwise it's a wash.
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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    Thanks for the replies.

    dugi this will be used for the main game locations, replacing one of the Samsung 250GB EVO's
    So may have to go up a spec or two.
    Although that 860 EVO from PB might do the job.
    I'll retain the 500GB mechanical drive for storage.
    Last edited by Driftwood; 29-07-2019 at 09:54 AM.

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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    You could clone your HDD to the M.2. It won't take too long.

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    Default Re: New Hard Drive for gaming system

    Is that wise, other than the OS there is nothing on it I need to save.

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