M.2 is great in theory and awful in execution.
>uses pcie lanes and can drop speeds of nearby pcie slots
>if not using pcie lanes, uses pch controller and only gets 10 gbps max compared to 6 on sata III
>uefi, bios updates, nvme support, literally wild west out there
> 65 cents/GB vs 25 cents/GB for sata III drives
>only one slot even on high end motherboards
>only 256 or 512MB while 2TB SSD's becoming the norm
I love my meme drives but they're perfectly fine over sata III until the tech matures further.
m.2 ssd's do need 4 lanes to hit those bandwidth numbers that actually make them any better than a sata connected ssd.
pcie lanes are an intentional bottleneck to gimp current hardware and sell higher end cpu's and chipsets when they could have sold the same thing for another nickel on all mid range chipsets and cpu's.
you could have got a pcie sata card, i'm running one myself. you can never have enough drives.
>mfw running 5 drives, will add a 2TB SSD soon and eventually a m.2 once they mature
I have one in my system, literally 0 issues,
Very fast load and boot times, not noticeably over my 850 Evo tho
So you're fine with it, what's the point of the thread? You could have mentioned how some of them actually thermal throttle, how cute they are being so small, and how BTFO they'll be with xPoint costing thousands of dollars.
Aren't they making riser cards now with attachable heat sinks? I wish some of these m.2s at least came with passive heat sinks. I'd rather them be tiny and inconspicuous sitting cutely on the mobo with their own heat sinks than have to use a riser card.