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kliras
Mar 27, 2021


How do NVMe's generally work when they're not used as the system drive? Can I get one to put games on and see really fast load times, or is there still going to be a huge bottleneck on account of it not being the system drive?

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Fantastic Foreskin
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



kliras posted:

How do NVMe's generally work when they're not used as the system drive? Can I get one to put games on and see really fast load times, or is there still going to be a huge bottleneck on account of it not being the system drive?

You won't see notably faster load times than a SATA SSD since that's not a use case where it really pulls ahead, but it won't be bottlenecked, no.

Klyith
Aug 3, 2007

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kliras posted:

How do NVMe's generally work when they're not used as the system drive? Can I get one to put games on and see really fast load times, or is there still going to be a huge bottleneck on account of it not being the system drive?

There is no bottleneck from not being the main system drive, assuming it's connected to a full speed port. Being the drive with the OS on it doesn't make a drive faster to access.

OTOH right now NVMe drives offer very little advantage in game loading times compared to even a bog-standard sata SSD. NVMe drives are literally able to send data to the CPU faster than the CPU can process it. You will never notice the difference without a stopwatch.

This may change in the future, as devs change things to take advantage of the new consoles having fast storage. So if you're buying a SSD and have space to add a NVMe drive, you may as well get NVMe. But that's not happening instantaneously. Buying a NVMe drive right now specifically to make games faster is not a useful purchase.

priznat
Jul 7, 2009

Let's get drunk and kiss each other all night.

I wonder if things like SRIOV will ever make it to consumer space, if there is a use case. Perhaps if you have a central PC that a few people in a house are running VMs remotely but thatís pretty techy.

kliras
Mar 27, 2021


Ah, I see. I didn't know it was already that bottlenecked. We'll have to see if DirectStorage/RTX IO will offer something in the future.

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Jun 13, 2006

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priznat posted:

I wonder if things like SRIOV will ever make it to consumer space, if there is a use case.

My guess is "not until the next version of Windows, at the earliest."

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PolishPandaBear
Apr 10, 2009


Killer_B posted:

I have been looking at getting a 1-2TB nvme drive for a new build, folks seem to recommend the SN550 at the minimum, it seems as all the recent chia hype has made the 2TB models get socked with the scalper/farming tax.

Outside of say, the SN750s, were there any other manufacturers I might look at outside of Samsung?

It would be getting used as a boot drive; the 1TB models rose a bit, but not as ridiculously as the 2TB models.



I just ordered one from B&H for $225. Newegg is taking backorders at that price too set to ship the 15th.

The only place I saw a price increase was Amazon which had them only available from 3rd party sellers for $260.

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