Question What type of M.2 SSD is compatible with the MSI B450 GamingPlus Max Motherboard?

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I just bought a new Motherboard (MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max) and don’t know much about M.2 at all. Can someone please help me find a compatible M.2 SSD for my motherboard?

Thank you, Kyle.
 

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"M.2" is simply the format. How it plugs in.
Looks sort of like a stick of RAM, as opposed to something that looks like a laptop drive.

NVMe vs SATA is a performance difference (mostly).

In benchmarks, the NVMe protocol is much faster. Depending on what you using it for, maybe not in actual user facing difference.
NVMe is more expensive per GB.
Except for the current NVMe price leader, the Intel 660p.

In terms of benchmark performance, from lowest to highest.
Samsung 860 EVO -> Intel 660p -> Samsung 970 EVO.

Of course, there are other drives...dozens of them.
But the ones I listed are at the top of the heap for stability and reliability.
You'll be living with this drive for several years. Don't go too cheap.
 
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I apologize for all the questions...
I’m just using it to boot windows. Do you think a 500 gig Samsung 970 EVO would be good?

I’m new to building computers and plan to do my first build (by myself) this weekend.And should I put a few games/programs on it?
 
Dec 23, 2019
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"M.2" is simply the format. How it plugs in.
Looks sort of like a stick of RAM, as opposed to something that looks like a laptop drive.

NVMe vs SATA is a performance difference (mostly).

In benchmarks, the NVMe protocol is much faster. Depending on what you using it for, maybe not in actual user facing difference.
NVMe is more expensive per GB.
Except for the current NVMe price leader, the Intel 660p.

In terms of benchmark performance, from lowest to highest.
Samsung 860 EVO -> Intel 660p -> Samsung 970 EVO.

Of course, there are other drives...dozens of them.
But the ones I listed are at the top of the heap for stability and reliability.
You'll be living with this drive for several years. Don't go too cheap.
I apologize for all the questions...
I’m just using it to boot windows. Do you think a 500 gig Samsung 970 EVO would be good?

I’m new to building computers and plan to do my first build (by myself) this weekend.And should I put a few games/programs on it?
 

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I apologize for all the questions...
I’m just using it to boot windows. Do you think a 500 gig Samsung 970 EVO would be good?

I’m new to building computers and plan to do my first build (by myself) this weekend.And should I put a few games/programs on it?
What other drives will be in this system?
For a gaming system, a single 500GB is probably a bit too small.

Also, since you are new to this...what are all the rest of the parts you're considering?
 
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What other drives will be in this system?
For a gaming system, a single 500GB is probably a bit too small.

Also, since you are new to this...what are all the rest of the parts you're considering?
(I’ve bought)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max
GPU: GTX 1660 XC
CPU: Ryzen 5 2600
-CPU Cooler: Corsair H60
Ram: 2x 8GIG Corsair Vengeance LPX
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Case: NZXT H510
What other drives will be in this system?
For a gaming system, a single 500GB is probably a bit too small.

Also, since you are new to this...what are all the rest of the parts you're considering?
(I’ve bought)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus Max

GPU: GTX 1660 XC

CPU: Ryzen 5 2600

-CPU Cooler: Corsair H60

Ram: 2x 8GIG Corsair Vengeance LPX

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

Case: NZXT H510

Power Supply: Corsair RMx 650W 80+ Gold Full Modular
 

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OK..just checking to see if there were any glaring faults.
There does not seem to be...;)

So yes, a 500GB drive would easily suffice for the OS and all your applications. Maybe a game or two as well.
All else can go on the HDD.
 
Dec 23, 2019
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OK..just checking to see if there were any glaring faults.
There does not seem to be...;)

So yes, a 500GB drive would easily suffice for the OS and all your applications. Maybe a game or two as well.
All else can go on the HDD.
Thank you so much!!!
 

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