What type of SSD do I need for my laptop?
Type of SSDs.
SATA SSDs are the first generation of SSDs. They can reach a read speed of up to 570MB per second. These first-generation SSDs are generally 5 times faster than a traditional HDD. The most common SATA variant in laptops is a 2.5-inch SSD. These SSDs start your laptop within 15 seconds and load large games within mere moments.
NVMe is a protocol that allows you to reach even higher speeds than with a SATA SSD. This means an NVMe SSD can reach a read speed of 2600MB per second. That's almost 5 times as fast as a SATA drive! Do you use large zip files a lot? If so, we recommend a laptop with NVMe M.2.
Types of connectors
The M.2 connector makes sure an SSD can reach higher read and write speeds. This means an NVMe SSD can be used optimally and reach speeds of over 2600MB per second. When a motherboard doesn't have a M.2 connector, an NVMe SSD is connected via a PCIe card that has a M.2 connector. That's why some laptops have a PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. If the motherboard does have a direct M.2, you'll see SATA M.2 or NVMe M.2.
Video cards on the motherboard can also be connected by a PCIe connector. When a NVMe SSD is connected to this, it is equipped with the maximum bandwidth and can get the maximum speed from an NVMe SSD. You only notice a difference in speed when you work with large files of 50GB or bigger. Starting Windows and games is just as fast as it is with a traditional SSD.
For daily use and playing games, a SATA SSD is more than sufficient. With a SATA, you get the most GB for your buck. Do you want the best of the best or do you work with huge files? If so, we recommend an NVMe SSD. Carefully consider what you want to use the laptop for.