If you are buying a computer or a Mac today, the best investment in hardware is to get one with an SSD on it. If you need to store a lot of files on your local system, you will need to look for hardware configurations to install both an SSD and an HDD.
SSDs have different configurations and we are not talking about their storage capacity. In terms of technology, there are SATA SSDs and NVMe SSDs.
Just like hard drives with a higher RPM, the difference in SSD configuration will determine how fast it will be. An NVMe SSD is going to be on average four times faster than a SATA SSD.
Identify SATA SSD or NVMe SSD
If you are buying a new system or buying new hardware for your system, you can check the packaging of an SSD to see if it is SATA or NVMe. They also look different, but you need to know what differences you need to look at to identify the drivers.
1. Google SSD make and model
This is by far the most reliable method of determining what type of SSD you have. This will work, even if you cannot open the chassis of your laptop to inspect the drive.
- Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.
- Go to the Performance tab.
- Select your disk.
- Make a note of the name on the top right manufacturer and model.
- Visit Google, enter the manufacturer’s name, model number, and add the keyword ‘specs’ to it.
- Check out the official website for the manufacturer that will appear in the search results to see what type of SSD you have.
2. Use third party programs
Assuming you have already purchased and installed the SSD, you can identify the type using a few different tools, but this method is not as reliable as the previous one.
- Download HWiNFO and run / install it (the app has a portable version).
- Expand buses.
- Choose PCI Bus (if there is more than one, you will have to go through each one).
- Look through the devices connected to a PCI slot.
- Following, Drives expand from the column on the left.
- Choose your disk.
- In the window on the right, look for ‘Form Factor’ and note the value.
- Download and manage an app called SSD-Z.
- On the Device tab, note the speed value.
Analysis of information
Now that you have this information, use the following to determine what type of SSD you have.
- If the form factor is 2.5 ′, you do NOT have an NVMe SSD.
- If the form factor is M.2 and no SSD slot appears on your SSD, you may have an NVMe disk or a SATA disk. Here you need to Google the speed value you got from SSD-Z, because it will be decisive.
- If the form factor is M.2 and a PCI slot is used, you may have an NVMe disk. Look again at the speed to find out.
Based on all this information, it appears that my system contains an M.2 SATA SSD. This is only partially correct. My SSD is not M.2. This is 2.5 ″. Third-party tools, even the best ones, are not very good at identifying information about SSDs.
Which SSD should you buy?
The question now comes down to what kind of SSD you should buy.
Speed: If you want the absolute fastest SSD, buy an NVMe SSD. This is what you want to get if you’re building a gaming computer, or if you plan to use it for 3D printing or modeling, or for animation.
Cost: If you want to stay within budget, then buy the SSD you can afford, because all SSDs will be exponentially faster than a HDD. For everyday use it works well and will not slow down your system as it tends to do with a hard drive.
Cost and speed: If you want a fast SSD but do not want to spend too much on it, buy a good quality M.2 SATA SSD. It will not be as fast as an NVMe SSD, but it will be better than the 2.5 ″ SSD. The price difference between the two is small, so a small price hump gives you better hardware.
You will find most people advise you to get an SSD, and that is good advice, but few people know that there are different types of SSDs, and that these types deliver different performance speeds. An NVMe SSD is much, much faster than a SATA SSD. The difference is the same as going from an HDD to an SSD, maybe even better, but it’s an expensive storage space.
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