[SOLVED] Will a M.2 drive get bottlenecked by my motherboard

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Im looking at adding a M.2 SSD to my current system.

The motherboard can take a M.2 PCIe but im a little unsure about speeds that the motherboard can take to the M.2 that i want to buy.

The Motherboard was made over 3 years ago now so i know some new thing for M.2 will not be compatible this older board. reducing speed/wasting money etc

Its a cheaper motherboard so i know companies have to save money somewhere and i know this is the type of place.

So, the M.2 im looking at is:
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabrent-Rocket-Internal-Performance-SB-ROCKET-1TB/dp/B07LGF54XR/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1B8WFPTYGV012&keywords=m.2+pcie&qid=1582110390&sprefix=m.2%2Caps%2C144&sr=8-3

and the motherboard i have it:
ASUS AMD PRIME A320M-K

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-PRIME-A320M-K-Generation-Motherboard/dp/B06Y6GDYD4/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=PRIME-A320M-K&qid=1582110626&sr=8-2

I'd rather buy a M.2 that doesnt get bottled necked by the motherboard.

The rest of my system specs are:
Ryzen 5 1500x
GTX 1070ti
Sata SSD

Also, one last thing. is it really worth buy a M.2 over a Sata ssd when it comes to real world speeds. Mainly gaming performance (loading speed)
 
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MadsModsat

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Thank you for the information.

The only thing that concerns me is the connection. The linked page doesn't have the word "NVMe" on it anywhere. I know there are two different connections and i want to make sure this I buy the right one.

( i couldnt insert the image for some reason. so below is a link to an image of the different connections)
https://ibb.co/xmxXS9G
An M.2 PCI-e 3.0x4 connection supports NVMe

But I actually agree that it isn't a necessary upgrade.

I have two quite fast NVMe drives, one for OS and one for games - I also have a SATA3 SSD installed for other stuff, so I'm up-to-date on how they perform compared to the NVMe drives.

Before this, I had my OS on a 2.5" standard SATA3 SSD. To be honest, in everyday use, I hardly notice any difference. There are some task that are sped up, but mostly I don't feel any difference from running the OS on an SATA3 SSD or a 3000+ Mb/s NVMe drive.

Both my drives have been benched, and perform as advertised, and my Win 10 was a fresh re-install.

I don't regret buying the two NVMe SSDs, but I would be equally satisfied with a 2.5" SATA3 SSD.
 

MadsModsat

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It says HERE (scroll down to "Storage") that your motherboard supports an NVMe m.2 SSD at PCI-e 3.0 x 4 speeds if you have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation Ryzen.

So the NVMe SSD will be able to perform as good as it can.

EDIT : Changed link location from danish to english
 
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It says HERE (scroll down to "Storage") that your motherboard supports an NVMe m.2 SSD at PCI-e 3.0 x 4 speeds if you have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation Ryzen.

So the NVMe SSD will be able to perform as good as it can.

EDIT : Changed link location from danish to english
Thank you for the information.

The only thing that concerns me is the connection. The linked page doesn't have the word "NVMe" on it anywhere. I know there are two different connections and i want to make sure this I buy the right one.

( i couldnt insert the image for some reason. so below is a link to an image of the different connections)
https://ibb.co/xmxXS9G
 

Mr.Spock

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the only NVMe SSD that would be constrained would be Gen4 versions (which yours isn't and cost twice as much) - those would require an x570 board. Real world you may notice the improvement side-by-side, but not so much in day-to-day tasks - whether it's worth it is a personal choice.
 
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the only NVMe SSD that would be constrained would be Gen4 versions (which yours isn't and cost twice as much) - those would require an x570 board. Real world you may notice the improvement side-by-side, but not so much in day-to-day tasks - whether it's worth it is a personal choice.
Thats great. thank you very much
 

MadsModsat

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Thank you for the information.

The only thing that concerns me is the connection. The linked page doesn't have the word "NVMe" on it anywhere. I know there are two different connections and i want to make sure this I buy the right one.

( i couldnt insert the image for some reason. so below is a link to an image of the different connections)
https://ibb.co/xmxXS9G
An M.2 PCI-e 3.0x4 connection supports NVMe

But I actually agree that it isn't a necessary upgrade.

I have two quite fast NVMe drives, one for OS and one for games - I also have a SATA3 SSD installed for other stuff, so I'm up-to-date on how they perform compared to the NVMe drives.

Before this, I had my OS on a 2.5" standard SATA3 SSD. To be honest, in everyday use, I hardly notice any difference. There are some task that are sped up, but mostly I don't feel any difference from running the OS on an SATA3 SSD or a 3000+ Mb/s NVMe drive.

Both my drives have been benched, and perform as advertised, and my Win 10 was a fresh re-install.

I don't regret buying the two NVMe SSDs, but I would be equally satisfied with a 2.5" SATA3 SSD.
 

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