Question Is it worth installing M.2 SSD (if so what 1TB card should I buy) or wait til next year & buy new computer?

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I have an ASUS Prime Z270-A & wanted to install an M.2 SSD. I currently have a 500GB 2-1/4 in SSD and a 4TB spin drive. I was looking to utilize the M.2 socket to speed up loading games/files. Will the Z270-A support the newest M.2 drives?
 

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1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)*1
1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)*2

newest m.2 like?
 
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1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)*1
1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)*2

newest m.2 like?
Samsung 980 Pro
 
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A 980 Pro is wasted on that motherboard.
The M.2 ports are only PCIe 3.0 x4.
The 980 Pro is 4.0.

In addition to the above video...the user facing difference between 3.0 and 4.0 storage devices:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YoRKQy-UO4
Thank you. Like I posted to the other person who responded, I will keep the system I have until a big jump occurs in CPU technology to make me buy a completely new system.
 

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