Is NVMe M.2 Faster Than SSD? Which Is Better

I was considering buying NVMe, but a friend of mine suggested buying a regular SSD because it wouldn't make much of an impact on daily use. I heard that the high read/write speed of NVMe only affects large sequential files. Should I get a regular SSD instead of NVMe? Or will NVMe at least make a difference in opening editors?

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Cici· Answered on Jul 31, 2023

NVMe M.2 belongs to one type of SSD, so it's not faster if compared to itself. If you are referring to NVMe M.2 compared to other types of SSDs, that would be a different answer. Read on to see a simple comparison.

There are four types of SSD: 2.5-inch SSD, M.2 (SATA & NVMe), NVMe PCIe, and U.2 SSD. If you want to know whether NVMe M2 is faster than SSD, you need to figure out the differences between them:

NVMe: This is a new storage access and transfer protocol for flash memory and next-generation solid-state drives (SSDs). Top-of-the-line NVMe SSDs can achieve read/write speeds in excess of 3000 MB/s, and 4th generation NVMe PCIe SSDs can reach 7500 MB/s.

Regular SSD: It usually refers to 2.5-inch SATA devices. SATA devices have a maximum speed of about 550 MB/s.

So it is clear that NVMe M.2 is faster than SSD. The difference in their speed is very large.

NVMe M2 are usually suitable for gaming computers, business-critical applications, and transaction-heavy database. While SATA SSD is good for daily use.

In addition, if you want to manage your SSD better, you can choose a professional SSD management tool: EaseUS Partition Master. It can help you check the speed and health of your SSD and improve SSD performance.

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