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Types of m.2 drives

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I was looking for an m.2 drive for my recently purchased HP Omen laptop. I didn't know there were so many different types. It looks like NVMe is a better type of m.2. What types of specs should I be looking at when choosing a particular drive. I really only need a 128GB or max of 256GB drive. I see most of the popular deals are 512GB or 1TB. I want to keep the cost as low as possible but would like good performance.

In real-world application, does NVMe make that much of a difference compared to SATA?

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I was looking for an m.2 drive for my recently purchased HP Omen laptop. I didn't know there were so many different types. It looks like NVMe is a better type of m.2. What types of specs should I be looking at when choosing a particular drive. I really only need a 128GB or max of 256GB drive. I see most of the popular deals are 512GB or 1TB. I want to keep the cost as low as possible but would like good performance.

In real-world application, does NVMe make that much of a difference compared to SATA?
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I was looking for an m.2 drive for my recently purchased HP Omen laptop. I didn't know there were so many different types. It looks like NVMe is a better type of m.2. What types of specs should I be looking at when choosing a particular drive. I really only need a 128GB or max of 256GB drive. I see most of the popular deals are 512GB or 1TB. I want to keep the cost as low as possible but would like good performance.

In real-world application, does NVMe make that much of a difference compared to SATA?
NVMe absolutely rips, no doubt. It uses the PCIe bus rather than the SATA bus. It certainly is faster, but I'm not sure if the average user would be able to tell the difference. The only way to tell is to consider the situations where disk I/O is a bottleneck, which it isn't for many people. E-mail/YouTube/Gaming/etc. won't be appreciably faster with NVMe vs. a standard m.2 SATA drive.
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NVMe absolutely rips, no doubt. It uses the PCIe bus rather than the SATA bus. It certainly is faster, but I'm not sure if the average user would be able to tell the difference. The only way to tell is to consider the situations where disk I/O is a bottleneck, which it isn't for many people. E-mail/YouTube/Gaming/etc. won't be appreciably faster with NVMe vs. a standard m.2 SATA drive.
What would be such a situation?
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What would be such a situation?
High-end video processing, relational databases, VMs, specialty research systems, etc.
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High-end video processing, relational databases, VMs, specialty research systems, etc.
I won't be doing any of that. I probably don't even need a new laptop as I mainly use it for browsing online but maybe with a better one I'll try random things like a music maker and become a famous DJ.

Now I need to find an m.2 for cheap for the boot drive
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