M2 NVMe as sample storage drive vs. OS drive

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pandashake
KVRAF
2044 posts since 22 Jan, 2005 from flint, michigan

Post Fri May 22, 2020 1:55 pm

Well, my previous build lasted through a decade of constant use before it finally gave up the ghost a couple of months ago. I'm building a new machine and mobo designs look a lot different from those from 10 years ago. I picked up the Gigabyte z390 Designaire as my mobo and it has a couple of NVMe ports, which has me questioning the "real world" advantage of using one of these drives over a ssd SATA drive. Considering getting one of each, and was leaning toward putting the OS on a ssd SATA unless the M2 is a better way to go, lifetime-wise.

Do I gain any in-DAW (S1 Pro) performance advantage by using a NVMe as a drive for Kontakt libraries? I know about the faster startup times for Windows, and I'm not as concerned about that as I am any actual advantage to making a M2 NVMe drive my sample drive.

Lifespan-wise, am I better installing Win10 on an NVMe or ssd SATA?

And lastly, there are a lot of difference choices for NVMe drives. Anyone have any experience with WD Black vs. Samsung EVO?

AcrossTheSky
KVRist
243 posts since 3 Jul, 2016

Re: M2 NVMe as sample storage drive vs. OS drive

Post Fri May 22, 2020 2:17 pm

pandashake wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 1:55 pm
Well, my previous build lasted through a decade of constant use before it finally gave up the ghost a couple of months ago. I'm building a new machine and mobo designs look a lot different from those from 10 years ago. I picked up the Gigabyte z390 Designaire as my mobo and it has a couple of NVMe ports, which has me questioning the "real world" advantage of using one of these drives over a ssd SATA drive. Considering getting one of each, and was leaning toward putting the OS on a ssd SATA unless the M2 is a better way to go, lifetime-wise.

Do I gain any in-DAW (S1 Pro) performance advantage by using a NVMe as a drive for Kontakt libraries? I know about the faster startup times for Windows, and I'm not as concerned about that as I am any actual advantage to making a M2 NVMe drive my sample drive.

Lifespan-wise, am I better installing Win10 on an NVMe or ssd SATA?

And lastly, there are a lot of difference choices for NVMe drives. Anyone have any experience with WD Black vs. Samsung EVO?
I'm too thinking of getting an nvme drive..
from what I read and heard the Kingston's KC2000 NVMe 1tb is a great reliable drive and that's what I'll get. I'll use it for NI Komplete data as well as Steinberg ABS 4 all files..System is on SSD and I think that's good enough..In the future I'll go for the Nvme all over..
Has anyone got all Nvme - system , how is it running?

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Pictus
KVRist
371 posts since 21 Aug, 2017 from Brasil

Re: M2 NVMe as sample storage drive vs. OS drive

Post Fri May 22, 2020 6:57 pm

pandashake wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 1:55 pm
Do I gain any in-DAW (S1 Pro) performance advantage by using a NVMe as a drive for Kontakt libraries? I know about the faster startup times for Windows, and I'm not as concerned about that as I am any actual advantage to making a M2 NVMe drive my sample drive.

Lifespan-wise, am I better installing Win10 on an NVMe or ssd SATA?

And lastly, there are a lot of difference choices for NVMe drives. Anyone have any experience with WD Black vs. Samsung EVO?
Better install Windows in the drive that have more endurance(writing).

For M.2 NVMe and Kontakt check
https://vi-control.net/community/thread ... ter.69572/

Samsung is the king of endurance...
https://3dnews.ru/938764/page-3.html
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AcrossTheSky wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 2:17 pm
I'm too thinking of getting an nvme drive..
from what I read and heard the Kingston's KC2000 NVMe 1tb is a great reliable drive and that's what I'll get. I'll use it for NI Komplete data as well as Steinberg ABS 4 all files..System is on SSD and I think that's good enough..In the future I'll go for the Nvme all over..
Has anyone got all Nvme - system , how is it running?
The M.2 NVMe SSD MLC/TLC drives are very fast we can have
one big drive with just one partition and install everything
there and there will be no performance loss for audio work loads.
So, for performance concerns in audio workloads does not matter
if it is 1 or 2 or 300 NVMe SSD drives, NVMe drives are way faster
than SATA drives and will not be the system bottleneck.

What are the problems for single big drive partition(OS/programs/etc) ?
Lets say we have a 4TB SSD and it has 2 TB of data...
This is a lot of data and will take a lot of time and space to create
a system image with a program like Acronis/Macrium.
To remediate this situation what we can do?
Simple, create a smaller partition where you will install the operating system
and programs like your DAW/basic plugins, in the second bigger partition you
install all the rest like sample libraries and your music files, image files, project
files and etc...
By having a separate partition for the OS/progs from the rest is also a bit
more safe than having all in one single partition.

As I am always messing with the OS and doing other stuff, it is
beneficial to have another drive...

My first choice for BOOT/OS/programs is Samsung 970 PRO/EVO Plus/EVO
and the second choice is the Corsair MP510, but for the second NVMe SSD
aimed for DATA/libraries is the HP EX950 or Adata XPG SX8200 Pro or
Adata XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro.
Now we have Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2, WoW!
But the price... :o

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