Question Do I need 2 nvme m.2 drives?

fobos8

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Hi guys

I need to build a new PC for the missus. She uses it for work (architecture) and so will use it for 3d modeling of buildings. I Will probably go for a Ryzen 5800x so currently deciding which motherboard to get.

Most of the more budget motherboards have capacity for 1 nvme m.2. Is there really a need to get a motherboard with the capacity for 2 nvme m.2s so you can have 1 for the OS and programs and another for data?

Many thanks, Andrew
 

Math Geek

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that's up to you and your budget. there is little real world difference between a nice sata ssd and an nvme one. but some like to say they have 2 or more and spend for it.

won't be a major performance boost and considering the added mobo cost for 2 pcie m.2 slots (many only run sata on the second slot so look close) i don't find it worth it myself. i have one for windows and some programs and then a sata ssd i was using as a drive for my vm's. and then 3 more good ol spinning disks for various storage and work uses. i don't see much difference in access times for any of the drives. the sata/nvme drives are faster for sure, but i see little difference between them.
 

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I have pcie m.2 on my PC for the OS and program and another for data. I can definitely notice the difference between this setup and ssd drives. But I'm moving huge amounts of data around.

This PC will move less data around but still, I think it would be worth utilizing the nvme m.2.

If your motherboard only has one nvme m.2 is it best to use it for data or OS and programs?
 

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Need? No.

Multiple drives? Thats all personal preference.
I much prefer one drive for the OS and applications, and other drives for actual data files. CAD/photo/video/etc.

Other people prefer the simplicity of a single large drive.


Whichever way you go, what you DO need to think of is a good backup routine. Too many people do not think of that until 5 minutes after they need it.
 

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