[SOLVED] SSD or M.2 reccomendations ?

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Hello. I wanna buy 120GB drive only for OS (WIN10). I found one but im worried about temperatures due to graphics card heat when the M.2 will be underneath. Also i would be really thankful if you recommend me some SSD or M.2 for good price. Also if you wonder about the airflow i have 2x140mm front fans and one 120mm exhaust fan.

M.2 drive i wanna buy:https://www.alza.sk/wd-green-3d-nand-ssd-120GB-m-2-d5250428.htm#recenze

Thanks for every respond !
 
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green is sata type. slower then pcie, which mean doesn't generate much heat

full system spec?
Here:
CPU: Intel Core I5 9400F
GPU:MSI GTX 1060 6GB
CPU Cooler:Arctic Freezer 34
RAM:HyperX 16g 2x kit 2666mhz
MOBO:Asus Tuf Pro Gaming B360
PSU:EVGA SuperNova 550 G3
Case: Phanteks P300

Good to know about the green drives.
 

coastie65

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I would recommend getting an NVMe M.2 drive. Having said that, the Drive is underneath that heat Sink on your Motherboard. No problem. I have a Different ASUS MOBO and have a 1TB Samsung 970 NVMe M.2 drive installed. It stays cool under there.
 

geofelt

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120gb is too small for a windows C drive.
Many things default to the C drive and when it fills up it will lose endurance and performance.
240gb should be a minimum.
Considering the low ssd prices today, why not defer on the hard drive and buy a 500gb ssd up front.
It is easy to add a HDD for storage later.

m.2 is a size format; about like a stick of gum.
It is clean and convenient with no power or data cables required.
On a budget, pass on the pricier pcie devices. Their benefit is for sequential transfers but most of what we do is small random I/O
sata is fine for that.
Do not worry about overheating.
Yes a m.2 device can get warm under heavy sequential processing.
But, it takes some 30 seconds of sustained activity to cause any throttling.
Really, not an issue.
A 500gb Samsung evo is $78
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-860-evo-series-500gb/p/N82E16820147674
The m.2 version is $96.
 

USAFRet

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Hello. I wanna buy 120GB drive only for OS (WIN10).
Don't.
250GB or larger.

People always say "only the OS". It never ends up like that.
Very few people who have bought a 120GB SSD in the last couple years have remained on that small size. We see it here every day.

And the better manufacturers don't even make 120GB drives anymore.
 

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