Should i get M.2 drives? (+Any other build tips you have)

Dec 25, 2018
so i'm getting a new rig soon, quite the big upgrade in fact (see new build below). Anyways, i was suggested by a family friend that i buy 3 m.2 drives and stripe them. Looking into it this seemed a little pricey but he suggested it would drastically improve fps performance as my current hard drive (a seagate 2tb hybrid) would apparently bottleneck my performance. I need someone to tell me if they would be worth it but also if you have any suggestions for my new PC please pass them on.

CPU: Intel i7-8700k
CPU Cooler: Scythe FUMA
GPU: MSI RTX 2080 gaming x trio
Motherboard: ASUS Z370-A II (Intel 8th Gen)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB
I think your friend gave you bad advice.
I do not think that motherboard can use more than 2 m.2 drives.
Past that, raid-0 is generally a lousy idea.
Synthetic benchmarks show well but in actual use raid-0 may actually be slower.

m.2 is a size/packaging format, about the size of a stick of gum.
It comes in two flavors, sata or pcie.
The sequential ability of pcie is some 4x faster than sata.

My suggestion is to buy a single Samsung 970 evo of the largest capacity you can manage and put all your actives games on it.

A fast ssd drive will not improve your fps but it may improve level load times and checkpoint times.

For best performance on a hard drive consider adding a 32gb optane m.2 drive which can act as a cache to a hard drive.



Don't do that.

RAID 0 (stripe)? Not even a little bit.,4449.html

Individual drives.
1x Samsung 970 EVO, 250 or 500GB, for the OS and applications.
1 or 2 other SATA III SSD's for other things.
Dec 25, 2018

sorry forgot to mention if i were to get the m.2 drives i would also choose another motherboard but thanks for the advice