I know this subject has been discussed - I read the thread on someone building a brand new system here and elsewhere (I have NI Komplete Kontakt 13), but budget doesn’t allow me to do this.
I’m running out of space on my 256 Gb Samsung Evo SSD III OS (Windows 10), need to got to 1 Tb. I try to keep about 20% space free, but recent EZDrummer 3 upgrade knocked it down to 10%.
I have already done some content transfers including Steinberg and some Kontakt off of the OS to a separate drive, but it’s starting to become a headache. One small mistake and content is offline.
Since I’ve been using Samsung for ages, I’m sticking to it, and the two contenders that are priced exactly the same are:
I already use I Tb Evo for my Cubase and other media progs (Magix Vegas Pro NLE video editor - which I don’t use much).
From what I’ve read at the Native Instruments community forum, NVMe M.2 won’t change much, regardless of the stated 6.2 x faster read/write rates., but then the minutia of benchmarking can go over my head.
I have one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot that would be used for an NVMe.
Last, due to my MSI mobo (older B450 GAMING PLUS with Ryzen 5 1600 with 36 Gb 3200 DDR5), using a NVMe will mean I lose two SATA connections. I only use 5 out of 6 in normal workflow mode, but my brain can’t figure out what this will mean:
If this loss where not the case (as in newer mobos) would it mean: 1 NVMe + 6 SATA + = 7 total?
But in my situation is it:
1 NVme minus 2 SATA = 4 SATA + 1 NVMe = 5 total - or will I be reduced to 4 total? Sorry for being dense here, I’m just confused.
First issue is of course performance - would a NVMe drastically or very minimally affect work in Cubase, but I also have to take into account this + & - math of of drive ports
Thanks for your advice.