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What's the fastest storage in your PC?

What's the fastest storage in your PC?

  • NVMe SSD

    Votes: 11,494 55.6%
  • SATA SSD

    Votes: 7,899 38.2%
  • HDD

    Votes: 1,105 5.3%
  • HDD RAID

    Votes: 165 0.8%

  • Total voters
    20,663
  • Poll closed .
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More users of NVME ssd than sata ssd? IMO this data is far from right. I understand we are on a website and forum filled with enthusiasts but even among such people nvme ssds are not that popular. From what i've seen so far many people still prefer to buy cheaper sata ssd and do not see a point in paying extra for nvme ssd. IMO this poll's data is worthless for that reason.

Also many non-enthusiast people if you ask them about storage they will tell you they have 1TB ssd while in reality they have 1TB but hdd.
 

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More users of NVME ssd than sata ssd? IMO this data is far from right. I understand we are on a website and forum filled with enthusiasts but even among such people nvme ssds are not that popular. From what i've seen so far many people still prefer to buy cheaper sata ssd and do not see a point in paying extra for nvme ssd. IMO this poll's data is worthless for that reason.

Also many non-enthusiast people if you ask them about storage they will tell you they have 1TB ssd while in reality they have 1TB but hdd.

this survey disagrees with you.

In the wild SATA is the clear winner, but in enthusiast areas NVME is pretty much mandatory when you upgrade
 
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No RAM disk option? o.0

Guess I'll have to go with SATA SSD then.
 
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My desktop:
1xNVMe (samsung 950 pro 256GB) boot disk
2xMX500 2TB SSDs, raid 0, mounted on a sonnet sata riser, because screw cables.

Backup is currently 2x2TB USB 3 HDDs, currently building up a dell R415 poweredge into a data backup server, that will have 8x 2TB WD black HDDs.

google drive and mega
I dont pay for cloud storage, i dont store a lot online. Photos and videos are free on google (pixel phone) documents and random assorted files i deem important dont take much space
I couldnt imagine storing tons online unless I had access to something like google fiber. Imagine backing up 100GB of photos on a 5Mbps upload speed. Most of the US has almost no upload capability outside of tiny files.

Maybe I was not clear,
I am not asking for SATA4 with some asweome speed and you have to see
m.2 port does not allow to take away from the relatively hot PBC of the mainboard, as we need that feature more and more,
check the latest PCIe 4 NVME-s, and highend mainboard offering "some" effort to cool 'em.

We should have some cable connect to replace current SATA connectors as the main feature to have storage.
An option for the latest NVME generation, where we have the speed and decent cooling options.
What you are asking for already exists, both SATA express and U.2 attempted this.

in the consumer market, both failed, because as you said, SATA III is already fast enough for HDD and decent SSDs, and NVMe is way faster for boot as well as more convenient because no cables. You can buy 4xNVMe riser cards for stupid fast internal RAID, and most people will switch to nas/server storage for anything that requires more space then that.

People dont believe me when I say tech has gotten "good enough". SATA III wont be replaced unless there is suddenly more demand for a interface that can push more then 615MB/s to a single drive and that same use case demands multiple drives that for some reason cant use NVMe.
 
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What you are asking for already exists, both SATA express and U.2 attempted this.

in the consumer market, both failed, because as you said, SATA III is already fast enough for HDD and decent SSDs, and NVMe is way faster for boot as well as more convenient because no cables. You can buy 4xNVMe riser cards for stupid fast internal RAID, and most people will switch to nas/server storage for anything that requires more space then that.

People dont believe me when I say tech has gotten "good enough". SATA III wont be replaced unless there is suddenly more demand for a interface that can push more then 615MB/s to a single drive and that same use case demands multiple drives that for some reason cant use NVMe.

Amen to this.

Fastest drive here still is a SATA SSD. As long as NVMe has higher price/GB I see absolutely no reason to spend on it. If the difference is minor, sure. If its more than 10-15%, forget it. There's just no point.

non of those ssd mentioned can stand a cloud storage someday, with a good internet speed these day it can be alter conventional way or maybe in future somehow:)
rumour

Latency, latency, latency. It is and will forever be the biggest hurdle. Never been different either. Bandwidth can easily scale along with the demand, but latency does not, on the contrary in some cases, even. And when it comes to wireless, what's added to the mix as well is lack of reliability of a stable bandwidth (creating latency spikes too).

This is also why I don't believe in Cloud gaming. For distributing assets for gaming that aren't fed in realtime, sure, that recent MS Flight Simulator preview is a fantastic example of it. But for realtime? Not gonna fly.
 
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There should be options for NVMe SSD RAID and SATA SSD RAID.

Yes, I tend to agree as my main system is rather OTT, I have:
1 x Intel VROC NVMe RAID 1 (Mirror) with 2 x Intel SSDPEKKW256G8 - Main Windows Installation​
3 x Intel SSDPEKKW256G8​
1 x Intel SSDPED1D280GA​
1 x Intel VROC SATA RAID 1 (Mirror) with 2 x Samsung 860 EVO 250GB - Backup Windows Installation​
1 x Intel VROC SATA RAID 1 (Mirror) with 2 x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB​
1 x Intel VROC SATA RAID 1 (Mirror) with 2 x Samsung 860 EVO 1TB​
Agreed. I'm running raid 0 on 3 sata SSDs with another larger ssd for backup in my laptop.
 
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I voted nvme because I already have the disk (Corsair MP510 960) even tho I haven't assembled the pc yet.

Amen to this.

Fastest drive here still is a SATA SSD. As long as NVMe has higher price/GB I see absolutely no reason to spend on it. If the difference is minor, sure. If its more than 10-15%, forget it. There's just no point.
But we are already at that point with qlc, they are almost the same price as sata drives.

Latency, latency, latency. It is and will forever be the biggest hurdle. Never been different either. Bandwidth can easily scale along with the demand, but latency does not, on the contrary in some cases, even. And when it comes to wireless, what's added to the mix as well is lack of reliability of a stable bandwidth (creating latency spikes too).

This is also why I don't believe in Cloud gaming. For distributing assets for gaming that aren't fed in realtime, sure, that recent MS Flight Simulator preview is a fantastic example of it. But for realtime? Not gonna fly.
Well, for storage you would only need bandwidth, latency isn't too important. Question is, why would you do that.

But for gaming, that is a huge problem indeed. Even the potential lower latency on the internet run by satellite constellation (which may or may not be realized) won't even come close to a good local input lag. But then again... gaming with input lag of 50 ms or above is still possible for some kinds of games.
 
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I voted nvme because I already have the disk (Corsair MP510 960) even tho I haven't assembled the pc yet.


But we are already at that point with qlc, they are almost the same price as sata drives.


Well, for storage you would only need bandwidth, latency isn't too important. Question is, why would you do that.

But for gaming, that is a huge problem indeed. Even the potential lower latency on the internet run by satellite constellation (which may or may not be realized) won't even come close to a good local input lag. But then again... gaming with input lag of 50 ms or above is still possible for some kinds of games.

QLC on an NVME drive... yeah. Versus MLC or better SSDs. QLC Isn't a magic bullet, its just a great drive for casual use and/or if you replace it easily. But I'd personally never use QLC for an OS drive, and I'd also never use it for mass storage, tbh. For the latter its pointless because speed is killed once the drive gets full, and for OS drives I want reliability.

But for gaming, that is a huge problem indeed. Even the potential lower latency on the internet run by satellite constellation (which may or may not be realized) won't even come close to a good local input lag. But then again... gaming with input lag of 50 ms or above is still possible for some kinds of games.

Of course, everything is possible these days, but when I step into the realm of TV-based console gaming, or even just the slower response of a PC on a TV... man. I could never game on that shit and really have fun. Let alone adding another round trip of ms from the network. Then again I also cannot stand 99% of first person titles these days, trying to create immersion with ultra slow screen movement and camera panning and shit, or 'hold E to interact' nonsense. All of that exists purely to counteract dreadful latency and slow ass TVs. That, and aim assist and poof, it 'feels great'... not for me.

Though yes, the slower more narrative based games and some strategy does work.

Maybe we're spoiled on the PC with the history of parts we've owned, but what I'm seeing today is a steady reduction of quality, despite the increases in resolution and supposed 'premium'-ness of products. Lots of snake oil is applied in the process, when in fact the best thing is just a local, bare, raw 1:1 experience. Which means monitors that don't interpolate frames, respond directly, and games setup to be as responsive as possible. Looking at services like Stadia... yeah. If you really think you're getting a true 4K stream, dream on. Same goes for all that other on demand stuff, ie Netflix, etc.

/rant :D
 
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because speed is killed once the drive gets full
The bandwidth on a QLC is also killed when the pseudo SLC cache fills up.
 
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My previous computer, a laptop bought in 2011, had no M.2 slow. So I plugged in a sata SSD (MX300 275G) about 3 years ago, which was great. Still using that SSD now, not feeling any sluggish behavior. Not sure if I can feel a difference with a better SSD?
 
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Audio Device(s) On-Board Sound
Power Supply EVGA Supernova 650 G3 Gold
Mouse Logitech M705
Keyboard Logitech Wave K350
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Benchmark Scores https://valid.x86.fr/liwjs3
1x 500 GB NVMe Samsung 970 EVO (System Drive)
1x 500 GB SATA Samsung 860 EVO (Games and other various large programs)
1x 2 TB Western Digital Red
1x 12 TB Seagate
 
Joined
Dec 16, 2017
Messages
1,659 (1.33/day)
Location
Buenos Aires, Argentina
System Name System V
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Motherboard Asus Prime X570-P
Cooling AMD Wraith Stealth // a bunch of 120 mm Xigmatek 1500 RPM fans (2 ins, 3 outs)
Memory 2x8GB Ballistix Sport LT 3200 MHz (BLS8G4D32AESCK.M8FE) (CL16-18-18-36)
Video Card(s) Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 580 8 GB
Storage SHFS37A240G / DT01ACA200 / WD20EZRX / MKNSSDTR256GB-3DL / LG BH16NS40 / ST10000VN0008
Display(s) LG 22MP55 IPS Display
Case NZXT Source 210
Audio Device(s) Logitech G430 Headset
Power Supply Corsair CX650M
Mouse Microsoft Trackball Optical 1.0
Keyboard HP Vectra VE keyboard (Part # D4950-63004)
Software Whatever build of Windows 10 is being served in Dev channel at the time.
Benchmark Scores Corona 1.3: 3120620 r/s Cinebench R20: 3355 FireStrike: 12490 TimeSpy: 4624
2 SATA SSDs and 2 HDD.

Realistically, what I need is a lot more storage, and while SATA SSDs aren't all that impressive anymore, they're enough for me for now. Besides, I fear that once I jump to NVMe, I will never be able to go back to SATA SSDs (which could mean a price premium, magnified by my country's economic madness on top of it, for me).
 
Joined
Oct 21, 2005
Messages
6,073 (1.07/day)
Location
USA
System Name #1 Gaming / #2 Office
Processor Intel i5 8600K / Xeon W3680 @ 4.1GHz
Motherboard Asrock Z370 Taichi / Asus P6X58D-E
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU HSF, Arctic MonoPlus VGA HSF / CM V8
Memory G-Skill TridentZ 2X8GB F4-3200C14D-16GTZ / Samsung 3x4GB DDR3L Green 1600 30nm YK0
Video Card(s) Zotac 1060 6GB Mini ZT-P10600A-10L / XFX Radeon 7850 DD 2GB
Storage Samsung 970 Pro 512GB NVMe, Phison E12 1TB NVMe, WD Black 4TB HDD / Samsung 950 Pro 512GB NVMe
Display(s) Dell S3220DGF 32" 2560x1440 165Hz / Asus VH242H 24" 1080P
Case Lian Li PC-A05NB / Lian Li PC-A05NB
Audio Device(s) Audiotechnica ATH M50X, Antlion Mod Mic 4, SYBA SD-CM-UAUD, Xenyx 302USB / JLab Rewind Retro BT
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 660 Watt Platinum / EVGA 650P2 650 Watt Platinum
Mouse Zowie EC2-A / Zowie EC2-A
Keyboard Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless Red / Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless Brown
Software Win 10 LTSC 1809 / Win 10 LTSC 1809
My fastest storage is NVMe
My Samsung 970 Pro 512:
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My Inland/PhisonE12 1TB (empty with a 20% overprovision):
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