M.2 NVMe SSD Explained – M.2 vs SSD

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M.2 vs SSD comparison. What is an M.2 SSD? What is NVMe? This is an animated video explaining what these are and the difference between them. It also explains the difference between NVMe vs AHCI and M.2 vs NVMe.

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This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Mark Ellis

    So on a modern laptop/notebook with M.2 slot, if you're putting in a M.2 1TB – would you remove the 1TB Western Digital WD10SPZX-21Z10T0 drive from the machine and just use the M.2 ?

  2. Neels B

    Thanks for the video. My only criticism is that you should have pointed out that there is a physical difference between the NVMe and SATA M.2 SSDs… the 2nd "notch"… which is an easy way to tell them apart.

  3. Dave Amphlett

    Super video so easy to follow and understand a week ago I had never heard of an M2 NVME drive and now I know practically everything there is to know about them.I have got a problem.I have got an Acer Aspire 515 ,the M2 NVME drive is not showing any where and there is a NVME SSD in there now only small one.I have read it could be a driver problem but cannot find a suitable one Samsung do one BUT only for Samsung products. Can any one help please.

  4. Gary Clement

    How are you? I'm trying to run this drive (Orico NVME M.2 SSD Enclosure). The drive I'm running is a Crucial P2M.2 and In initialize I accidentally erase the files on the M.2 NVMD. I contact Crucial for re download of the files. Before I erased the files, my system told me the drive was not compatible with the drive. The system I'm using is a Apple MacBook Pro early 2011, running OSX10.13.6 (which is the last OS for this machine) 2.3 Intel Core I5 with 6gb of Ram. Please give me your advice.

  5. Net Freak

    This is first ever channel I subscribed without a second thought.

  6. Matt Rayner

    Thanks for keeping it well-prepared, straight and informative! Great presentation.

  7. Ronald Watson

    Absolutely interesting and a novice like me does it what you're explaining, excellent points 👍 Good video

  8. Kartik Podugu

    very well explained.
    if you can't make it easy, you don't understand.
    you made it easy, so you did all the hard work and understood everything clearly so that you can make it easy for all of us.

  9. boopfun

    Awesome content! Best explanation on this I've seen so far.

  10. Nighto Raido

    Thanks for making this video. I'm so glad that I watch this before buying a new CPU.. This vid really helps a lot!

  11. Zuma-titan

    I have a USB adaptor used for a 2.5 inch SSD cloning. Will this adaptor work to connect to a NVMe M.2 SSD in order to clone my laptop NVMe SSD? The SSD I want to replace has small capacity.

  12. Sherman sher

    Thank you, for your outstanding explanation! It helped me lot in understanding the comparative advantage of using PCIe mounted NVMe SSDs.

  13. Kazimation

    My motherboard has an M.2 slot but I have no idea if it uses NVMe technology or not. I also don't know if it's an old SATA bus or a new PCIe bus M.2 type. I really want to buy one but I don't want to find out it's not compatible the hard way. How can I verify it'll work with my PC's motherboard beforehand? I appreciate any help I can get, thanks 🙏🏾

  14. Jim Brannan

    I wish they would stop measuring M.2 data transfer rates in Mb's per second instaed of MB's. It's like saying " I got up this morning and ran 4 million inches " . I have, basically 3 speeds of drives. the 125MBs range, my 5Tb 2.5" Baracuda USB3 drives. I have my 12-16 TB internal drives at 200-225 MBs, and my SSD T5 and T7 drives that go up to 300- 360 MBs. Then I have some that go up over 400 MBs. The Mb's rates are a joke.

  15. Zoltan Batiz

    I've got a 2TB M.2 in my Mac Mini 2014 . . . Kingston brand which in my opinion, is up there with the recommended Samsung for build and quality . . . for those who aren't sure if this is a worth it upgrade . . . TRUST ME . . . My little Mini LITERALLY feels like a whole new machine . . . before I was running it from it's internal 5400rpm HDD . . . MASSIVE difference in speed obviously. Why did I wait so long to do this when my Mac has the support for it? Check out the pricing for the Samsung that this youtube poster recommended . . . yea . . . they have gone WAY down in price . . . The price for my 2TB Kingston was the same as the Samsung . . . it wasn't that long ago when a 2TB M.2 SSD would set you back by almost a thousand USD.

  16. David Ruzzo

    A much easier way to explain the difference between the three drive cards is this. The first technology that came thru was the (M.1) SATA, most people don't know that they are actually called M.1. These cards operated on the SATA bus and retained the same speeds as a 2.5" SSD of 550mbps. These are the cards that were wider than the M.2 and had two retention holes in the bottom of the PCB. The next Generation of technology brought in the M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIx4 or PCIexpress, this drive is also called NVME. Let's talk about the SATA M.2 first. The SATA M.2 drive operates on the Serial ATA bus at speeds no greater than the 2.5" SSD of 550mbps. The second drive is the PCIexpress (NVME) M.2 that operates on the PCIE bus at speeds of +2200mbps. There are three (3) drive choices, M.1 SATA, M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIE (which is also called NVME). The fastest, of course, is M.2 PCIE (NVME).

  17. Soon RAM and HARD DRIVE will be integrated into the motherboard.

    No need to buy them separate.

  18. cyberlizard

    this is good for contiguous files but for random access, the NVME in real world use is not as impressive as the theory would suggest.

  19. Prince Osaro

    Amazing video. This is phenomenal the level of clarity

  20. Jerose Borbe

    I have Gigabyte A320M-S2H motherboard which have M.2 connector Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2(Note) SSD support, and my processor is AMD A10-9700. I bought GIGABYTE NVMe 256GB SSD PCI-Express 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 M.2 2280 ang I attached it to motherboard but when I install new OS there is No NVMe Device Found. Is there a compatibility issue even my motherboard was supported NVMe M.2?

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