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Old 05-24-2015, 10:16 AM   #1
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I am having trouble working out what type of SSD to buy for my gaming build. I see on mobo's there is an M.2 connector for an M.2 SSD. I also saw PCIe SSD's which plug into a PCIe slot on the mobo and has a backplate. Then I saw M.2 PCIe SSD's.

Please correct me if this is wrong. I read about the M.2 mobo connection and it is virtually a SATA connector with limits around 540 MBps. I am guessing it is simply a cleaner solution to the regular SSD having a power cable and data cable. I can think of no other reason for M.2 to exist.

I went to newegg.com to look up M.2 and found 2-3 different connections, similar to this image. (random link from image search: https://www.ramcity.com.au/assets/im...connectors.jpg ) Are there two different M.2 standards on mobos? Do some PCIe slot SSD's look similar to M.2 connector SSD's?
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Some motherboards correct M.2 directly attached to the motherboard, others require a PCI slot to be used.

Honestly, I'd recommend sticking with the traditional SSD and connecting it to a SATA port.
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I totally agree I prefer the standard SATA 6 port for SSD's as well.
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