Question m2 drives are ok or leave them?

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planning to upgrade pc, shall i take m2 drives or leave them and use regular ssd ? Also I am planning to get HDD as well My motherboard would be MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX: ATX how many Hdd or ssd can it support? I know it supports 1 m2 but I would like to have either m2 and hdd or ssd and hdd.

A person told me to leave m2 as they are bad are they really bad?

If so they are good any opinion about Kingston A2000? good or something else?
 

Darkbreeze

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No, they are not "bad". They are not any worse than a standard SSD except they are a bit more expensive in some cases but that seems to be rapidly changing, with prices lower than they've ever been on storage currently.

I would avoid the Kingston drives though. They are questionable.

I would recommend sticking to, in order of preference, Samsung, Crucial, SanDisk, Intel, Corsair and Western digital.

The question isn't about M.2, because there are SATA M.2 drives that are no faster than a standard SSD. The question is about whether or not you could benefit from a PCIe NVME M.2 drive, and for most people the answer to that is yes, but it depends on what you do as to whether or not it's really beneficial to you or not. In truth, if it fits your budget there is very little reason to NOT choose an NVME M.2 drive these days. It's smaller, uses less room, no cables running around, faster in both random and sequential operations and even in cases where there is a long sequential operation and the drive throttles itself, it is still going to usually be miles faster than a SATA drive IF you are transferring to or from media that is just as fast.

The best setup would be M.2 SSD for the operating system to live on and then a secondary standard SSD (Or a second M.2 NVME SSD if you can afford to get one in a size large enough for your needs, which many people cannot). If you can get by with a 250 or 500GB primary drive for the OS and a 1TB secondary NVME drive for other stuff, that would make for a very fast system in all access operations and especially in transferring anything between those drives.
 
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Ralston18

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Motherboard:

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/B450-TOMAHAWK-MAX

Read the motherboard's manual to determine the supported drive configurations.

Reference:

http://download.msi.com/archive/mnu_exe/mb/E7C02v1.3.pdf

See Page numbered pages 31 and 32 regarding M.2 and SATA port availabilities.

My preference is M.2 for OS and an SSD for data. Not using HDDs other than for older data backups.

But there are others who do things differently. Other factors may be involved.
What about ADATA XPG SX8200 PRO?

What was his specific reason?
Did not give any specific reason just told me that it was bad.
 

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