Should You Upgrade to NVMe? 6 Reasons to Stick With SATA SSDs

MakeUseOf | 8/27/2019 | Bertel King
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Buy a new computer, or looking to upgrade? You may have come across a newer type of storage known as NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express).

NVMe SSDs deliver significant speed improvements over the SATA SSDs that have become commonplace is computers today. A “slow” NVMe may still be three times faster than the SATA SSD that came with your laptop. Reviews will tell you that even if one NVMe brand performs poorly compared to others, it’s still better than SATA.


But is this really true, and should you upgrade to NVMe?

Does your current experience feel slow? Are your apps taking too long to load? Are you noticing lag? If so, while a new storage drive may improve the situation, it depends on what kind of drive you currently have.

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If your machine is running off a spinning hard disk drive, or HDD, then you will want to replace it with an SSD for speed. The time it takes to spin up an HDD does have a noticeable impact on speed, and replacing one with a SATA SSD is an easy way to make an old PC feel new again.

But if you already have an SSD, your problem more likely resides with either having too little RAM, an outdated or aging CPU, or the lack of a dedicated graphics card.

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In other words, a NVMe SSD may make a computer feel fast, but a SATA SSD is not likely to make a PC feel slow unless you transfer large files often and are tired of looking at a progress bar.

When most of us think of storage, we think of space, not speed. SATA drives won’t give you as much speed as their NVMe alternatives, but they will give you far more storage for your money.

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