Where to use a M.2 drive.

For Windows, Apple, displays, mouse pads etc.

Where to use a M.2 drive.

Postby drillthrall on 08/22/2017, 5:16 pm

I understand that for maximum speed I need 3 ssds for my premiere system, one for the os and programs, one for the scratch and cache files, and one for the project files and media. I plan on buying two regular Samsung SSDs and one of the new M.2 SSD drives. My question is where in the chain should I put the M.2 drive? I've heard different things.
drillthrall
 
Posts: 4
Joined: 08/17/2017, 3:16 pm
System Specs: Intel Core i7 Extreme 975 @ 3.33GHz
24.0GB Triple-Channel DDR3
MB: Alienware 0H869M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti

Re: Where to use a M.2 drive.

Postby Dorin on 08/23/2017, 4:15 am

There are 2 types of SSSs on M.2 port: NVMe SSD that uses PCI x4 speeds and it is the fastest storage available, Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD reaches up to 3,500 MB/s read speeds, and regular M.2 SSDs that use sata speeds up to 560 - 600 MB/s. The difference between regular 2.5" SSDs and sata M.2 SSDs is the port, the speeds are identical. If you will use sata M.2 SSDs and regular 2.5" SSDs it really dos not matter what are you doing with each drive, the speeds will be identical.

For a very snappy computer it is indicated an NVMe SSD as a boot / OS drive. On the other hand the insane speeds of an NVMe are great for a working drive aka the drive that contains your images that need to be edited. I would prefer to have insane speeds for the working drive because editing video requires fast access time so the NLE can read the clips. If you are working with media that is high bitrate, 4k and above, RED, etc, a fast drive is a must.
I'm Sorry for my English...
Dorin
 
Posts: 68
Joined: 03/29/2009, 9:34 am

Re: Where to use a M.2 drive.

Postby drillthrall on 08/23/2017, 3:30 pm

Your English was clear and easy to understand. Yes, I plan on having a 1TB m.2 NVMe drive and to use it as the drive that holds my 4K and 1080p video clips and stills, ie. project media. My projects are small, less than a minute long, and these days mostly in 4K. I do macro insects and bird videos as a hobby only. Would a standard 512 GB SSD be big enough for my OS and programs? Would a standard 512 GB SSD be big enough to act as my scratch and media cache disk?

1. 512 GB SSD for OS and Programs

2. 1 TB m.2 NVMe for my video files and project files

3. 512 GB SSD for my scratch and cache files
drillthrall
 
Posts: 4
Joined: 08/17/2017, 3:16 pm
System Specs: Intel Core i7 Extreme 975 @ 3.33GHz
24.0GB Triple-Channel DDR3
MB: Alienware 0H869M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti

Re: Where to use a M.2 drive.

Postby Dorin on 08/24/2017, 3:11 am

Yes, 512 GB is big enough for OS and programs if you are not installing huge libraries of effects and games. 512 GB I think will be ok for Premiere's cache. You can delete the cached / temporary files that Premiere generates to free up space after the project is completed.
I'm Sorry for my English...
Dorin
 
Posts: 68
Joined: 03/29/2009, 9:34 am

Re: Where to use a M.2 drive.

Postby drillthrall on 08/24/2017, 3:05 pm

That's awesome. Now, I need to find a place that wants to build this $2500 system.
drillthrall
 
Posts: 4
Joined: 08/17/2017, 3:16 pm
System Specs: Intel Core i7 Extreme 975 @ 3.33GHz
24.0GB Triple-Channel DDR3
MB: Alienware 0H869M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti


Return to Computer Hardware & Technology