SSD vs M.2 difference between : Which is the best?

Hello everyone in this article. We’re going to talk about m.2 non-volatile memory Express solid-state drives or SSDs. Now these drives are relatively new and have only been around for a few years. Now and just like regular 2.5 inch SSDs that we’re more familiar with m2 SSDs. Also use flash memory for data storage and they are very fast.

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Regular 2.5 inch SSD and M.2 SSD

SSD vs M.2 difference

But the difference between a regular 2.5 inch SSD and an m.2 SSD is that. The m2 is a totally different form factor and it connects to a different type of slot. The m.2 which was formerly known as the next generation form factor is a standard that’s used for mounting expansion cards internally. Now SSDs have dramatically passed mechanical hard drives as far as speed and this is because SSDs have no moving parts. Because they use flash memory for data storage as compared to mechanical hard drives that use rotating magnetic disks to store data. But in recent years SSDs have gotten faster and are more capable of moving data at a faster rate. So in order to unlock the full capability of SSDs engineers needed new technology to unlock to faster speeds of SSDs and that’s where m.2 and NVM. Express come in.

Western Digital WD Green 240 GB 2.5 inch SATA SSD

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SATA and AHCI

Prior to m.2 and NVMe Express the latest interface standard that was widely used for hard drives and SSDs was SATA 3.0 and the standard that was used for an interface for software to communicate with SATA was the advanced host controller interface which is better known as a HCI. Now a HCI was developed primarily for mechanical hard drives. It wasn’t made or optimized for SSDs and that’s mainly because it dates back to 2004. So it was creating a bottleneck for today’s SSDs.

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AHCI vs NVMe

This SATA 3.0 bus with AHCI allows data transfer speeds at a theoretical rate of 600 megabytes per second, which is pretty fast. However, M.2 NVMe Express SSDs do not use the SATA bus they instead use the PCI Express bus, which is much faster than SATA. So by using the PCI Express bus with an optimized protocol like NVMe Express these allow SSDs to transfer data at a rate of 3 gigabytes per second, which is extremely fast. So M.2 SSDs with NVMe Express is roughly 5 times faster than SATA and AHCI. Now this speed will vary depending upon what motherboard you are using and which SSD. But regardless it’s still a lot faster than SATA SSDs.

WD Green 240GB M.2 2280 Internal SSD

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB PCIe NVMe M.2

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NVMe

 Non-volatile memory Express or NVMe is a communications protocol specifically developed for SSD. It basically reduces the CPU overhead and streamlines operations which lowers latency and increases input and output operations per second or in other words it’s fast. NVMe Express was developed to fully take advantage of the capability of PCI Express storage devices and to perform many of the input/output operations in parallel meaning that many calculations are done at the same time.

A large job is broken down into several smaller jobs that can be processed independently. This is very similar to how a multi-core CPU works with multiple threads where the CPU cores work independently of each other to perform certain tasks. Another advantage that NVMe Express has over AHCI is what’s called the command queue. The command queue is a queue for enabling the delay of a command to be executed. So in a nutshell as commands are sent to a storage drive. 

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Comparison

It gets into a line or queue then as each command is finished executing by the drive it goes to the next command in the queue. AHCI allows one queue with up to 32 commands in the queue. But NVMe Express allows 64,000 queues and with each queue capable of 64,000 commands. So in theory if you were to max out NVMe Express you can fulfill a staggering 4 billion 96 million commands.

SSD vs M.2 difference
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M.2 NVMe SSD

The M.2 SSD connects to the motherboard in the m2 slot. It just slides into the spring-loaded slot and then tightened down with a single screw and that’s pretty much it. There’s no other connections to be made. So there’s no connection cable or a separate power cable. So it’s just like an expansion card.

SSD vs M.2 difference

Not all motherboards are going to have an M.2 slot. Because like I said before this is a relatively new technology that’s only been around for a few years. So if you want to use an M.2 nvm Express SSD you need to be sure that your motherboard supports it. You have to make sure that it has an M.2 slot and that it can support NVMe Express technology. It’s also important to note that not all MDOT two SSDs have NVMe Express technology or use the PCI Express bus.

Because some M DOT OU’s use the SATA bus, which is a lot slower. In fact there is no speed advantage between an MDOT two SATA SSD and a standard 2.5inch SSD so before you go out and purchase a new motherboard and says D you need to be sure and I also have a link in the article below of an M.2 SSD that I recommend and have purchased myself you.

SAMSUNG EVO

1TB SSD SAMSUNG 860 EVO

Better SSD or M 2?

2 is 10 times faster than a normal SSD because it uses a more direct pathway to your CPU and bypasses the South Bridge. M2 sticks are about 1.5 times the cost of a normal SSD and they will likely be the same price as an SSD by next year for the memory. New SSD technology to replace the M

Is m2 NVMe faster than SSD?

Yes SATA-based SSDs top out around 550 MB/s, while NVMe drives can reach up to 3,500 MB/s on PCIe 3.0. When you look at it from that perspective, it sounds like a done deal NVMe is faster in every way.

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