Question Fastest SSD for ASUS H110M-A motherboard ?

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Hello guys, I need your very valuable help.

I need to upgrade the storage of a PC that flexing an ASUS H110M-A motherboard (and not the H110M-A/M.2 variant).

So, I know i could buy a SATA SSD, but I'd like to buy the fastest thing possible. I also plan on installing GNU/Linux directly on it (so it has to be bootable from).

I am wondering if the following devices would be compatible with the motherboard:
  • a PCIe adaptor (the motherboard has a big, empty slot designed for PCIe 3.0 (I suppose))
  • an M.2 NVMe SSD
However, even if it is compatible, I don't know if PCIe v3.0 is fast enough for this. What is your recommendation?

Thank you a lot in advance!
 
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I'm guessing you are well aware of the severe diminishing returns aspect of buying the "fastest thing possible" when it comes to SSDs.

More power to you if you are aware and find that acceptable.
I am not so sure I understand what you mean. Do you mean that an M.2 NVMe SSD isn't going to be so muuuch faster than a SATA one? Could you explain what you mean a bit more in depth? Thanks
 
I am not so sure I understand what you mean. Do you mean that an M.2 NVMe SSD isn't going to be so muuuch faster than a SATA one? Could you explain what you mean a bit more in depth? Thanks
Take a gander at these tests and draw your own conclusions.

Of course, people buy stuff all the time for reasons other than perceptible differences in performance. That's how marketeers make their living.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ9LyNXpsOo


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DKLA7w9eeA


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YoRKQy-UO4
 

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I am not so sure I understand what you mean. Do you mean that an M.2 NVMe SSD isn't going to be so muuuch faster than a SATA one? Could you explain what you mean a bit more in depth? Thanks
Faster, in certain aspects.



I have 6x SSDs in my system (specs in my sig under VIPER)
1 - Samsung 980 Pro
1 - Intel 660p
4x SATA III

In a blind test of normal PC operations, you'd be hard pressed to tell which one was which.
Copying data between the 2 NVMe drives is very very fast. But that is not something that is done a lot.


We are well into diminishing returns.
Drive A might be twice as fast as Drive B.
But can you tell the difference between 0.8 sec and 0.4 sec?

The main benefit of the SSD vs HDD is the near zero access time.
All SSDs are like this.
 

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Does this mean that the adapter would have worked only if the motherboard supported M.2?
If you bought a PCIe M.2 adapter it will still work even if the motherboard doesn't have any M.2 slots.
But you may not be able to use that M.2 SSD as a boot drive if it's connected via a PCIe card.
This would depend on whether or not the motherboard BIOS supports booting from PCIe devices.

I am unable to confirm whether or not your motherboard BIOS supports this.
 
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