I have a
Gigabyte B550M Gaming MOBO. Here's a cropped screenshot of my MOBO from official site.
And here's the MOBO specification for the slots.
Right now, the ONLY (sadly) M.2 connector is occupied by my
PNY CS1031 M.2 NVMe SSD 256GB, this is where my system drive currently is. And then, there are two unused PCIE x1 slots that support PCIe 3.0 x1 mode. Here's the problem, I was planning to expand my SSD storage by adding a
Samsung 980 M.2 NVMe SSD 1TB with a M.2 to PCIe adapter. Later only found out that an adapter like this it has to be x4 mode, which essentially renders the PCIe slots on my MOBO practically useless for storage expansion. Is it true?
Now, my intention to expand SSD is mainly to install game files. Presuming the above is true, here are my options:
- Replace the current M.2 NVMe SSD that I have, which means I have to swap them out and let the old one go unused and wasted. Not to mention I have to do system drive migration as well.
- Give up on M.2 NVMe SSDs and go for SATA SSDs instead.
My friend urged me to go after M.2 NVMe SSDs and we both know they are much better than SATA SSDs. Can I get some advice on my options available? How should I make the decision? Because I'm not convinced enough to get SATA instead. It's almost 2022, is it even worth it based on the price-to-product ratio? What's the difference between the M.2 NVMe and SATA SSDs in terms of performance?
These are some of the products I get from a reputable IT retailer store in where I live, for your reference. Prices are converted from my local currency to USD. Upcoming sales.
Samsung 870 Evo 2.5" SATA SSD 1TB~ $173
Samsung 870 Qvo 2.5" SATA SSD 1TB~ $104
Crucial MX500 2.5" SATA SSD 1TB~ $92
Crucial BX500 2.5" SATA SSD 1TB~ $85
Samsung 980 M.2 NVMe (Gen 3) SSD 1TB~ $135
PNY CS3040 M.2 NVMe (Gen 4) SSD 2TB~ $213
Crucial P1 M.2 NVMe (Gen 3) SSD 2TB~ $201
Crucial P2 M.2 NVMe (Gen 3) SSD 1TB / Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD 1TB~ $101
Further reference (case study): Hardware Recommendations - M.2 NVMe x4 adapter card for PCIe x1 slot