I just ordered a Inspiron 5680 with just the 1GB HD. Now I'm debating whether to add a 128/256 M.2 SSD or leave the OS on the 1GB HD & add a Intel Optane module. I don't know much about Optane, been doing some research to see how effective it would be.
Windows should be on bootable SSD. (period)
SATA SSD is about 5 times faster than spinning HDD
M.2 PCIe/NVMe is about 5 times faster than even a SATA-SSD
Set BIOS to UEFI and AHCI.
Leave that spinning HDD disconnected for now.
Install M.2-PCIe/NVMe SSD in that motherboard slot. I suggest a 240gb-512gb one.
Clean-Install Windows. Do NOT install Intel-RST.
Enjoy you fast computer :Smile:
The intel Optane is used as a Booster (Accelerator) to the HDD. In terms of write/read speeds :
From slowest to fastest :
2- SATA SSD only ( size ; m.2 or 2.5in)
3-Optane + HDD
4- SSD NVME(m.2)
Some prefer the optane as it's a fast/cheap/easy way to upgrade an existing HDD. it is intended for Business/gamers users looking to upgrade and match/exceed SSD speeds.
Some prefer SSDs are they are more future-proof, can boot from it and can be used/swapped on practically all motherboards
you can pair the optane with SSDs but you will have approx same write/speeds than the when it's paird with an HDD.
So the question is : what team are you in :) ?
Performance Wise. M.2 NVME is much faster than Optane+HDD. But at this stage, the NVME is a bit of an overkill. He'd likely not notice the difference if the intended usage is gaming.
The advantage of the optane ( main selling point) is that you'd be able to utilize the full 1TB HDD instantly. it costs less , you'd have a better performance/$ for now with it.
in your situation i'd go for :
1-Optane (for now) - you'd have to run the games a couple of time to start noticing the difference.
2-SATA SSD (mid term) / + sell the optane.
Thanks again for the response...I guess one reason I was considering M.2 SSD NVME is so it would be more future proof, and being a fresh pc I wouldn't have to mess with down the road. On the flip side, it sure would be nice to just add the Optane module & be good to go.
just curious, if his main usage is for gaming & M.2 SSD NVME is much faster than using Optane, why wouldn't there be a noticeable difference?
From what i understood about this question, it's related to the CPU and the memory themselves.
You can throw 800mb/s to A CPU or 1800MB/s, it is limited to X MB/s of processing. thats why loading times (boot, gaming) wil be similar. the CPU/memory will not handle more than what it can.
to exploit the full capacity of m.2 NVME you need a Faster CPU (more threads) and higher Memory.
Back to the Overkill situation, the M.2 NVME is worth it only if you upgrade/match it with a CPU/memory capable of handling its speeds/performance.