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Will Z97 Gaming 5 Work With the SAMSUNG 850 EVO M.2 2280?

I was wondering if the SAMSUNG 850 EVO M.2 2280 1TB will work with my MSI Z97 Gaming 5 mobo? It says it supports M.2, but the Samsung 850 M.2 says it's M.2 2280. Three questions. 1 and most important. Will it work with this mobo? 2, What's the difference between M.2 and M.2 2280? Is that just the length? 3, The Z97 Gaming 5 says it supports M.2, but says nothing about M.2 2880 and this Samsung 850 EVO M.2 2880 says it's SATA III. The specs say this mobo supports M2. SATA up to 6Gb/s module, but it also says the M.2 port supports M.2 PCIe module up to 10Gb/s speed.

I think I'm confused about this Samsung M.2 being SATA III, but the mobo specs say the Z97 Gaming 5 supports M.2 PCIe module. Is this Samsung M2. 2880 a PCIe module?

Bottom line... Will my Z97 Gaming 5 mobo work with the SAMSUNG 850 EVO M.2 2280 SSD?

Specs for MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard:
Specs for the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 2880:
Thanks in advance!
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  1. The drive will work. M.2 drives come in different sizes and the 2280 refers to one of those sizes. The SATA III refers to the designated bandwidth, which is 6 Gb/s. An M.2 NVMe drive is rated for higher bandwidth, but requires a compatible motherboard.

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/02/understanding-m-2-the-interface-that-will-speed-up-your-next-ssd/
  2. You may wish to consider a 2.5" SSD which will be the same speed, but is easier to reuse in a different system.

    I'm not sure what you are using the 1TB for, but while it helps game loading times it doesn't otherwise benefit them.

    Without knowing your usage and budget, I would perhaps consider a smaller SSD and separate HDD combo. I've got a 1TB Samsung SSD and 4TB HDD as well, and for most games I don't care much about loading.

    Some recent titles seem to be pretty slow, but again that's just the main game and level loads. SKYRIM is a poster child for SSD because of the frequent loading points (Dungeon, building, jump map points).

    Examples:
    960GB Sandisk SSD 2.5" ($230)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/vLCwrH/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssdhii960gg25

    480GB PNY 2.5" ($120)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/978H99/pny-internal-hard-drive-ssd7cs1311480rb

    4TB HDD Seagate ($115)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/Ty6BD3/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st4000dm000

    500GB M.2 2280 SSD ($150)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/VrH48d/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mzn5e500bw

    *I have not looked at REVIEWS for these, but I do know there are excellent products with great value to be had. For about $250 you can get a 480GB SSD + 4GB HDD. Not bad.

    **If you still want/need 1TB in an SSD then I suggest the 500GB M.2 model above, then add a separate 2.5" 500GB. That not only saves a little money but also spreads out your risk of failure.

    (maybe partition the OS drive as well to reduce Image Backup size with programs like Acronis True Image. Definitely do that with a 1TB unit. I suggest no more than 150GB for C-drive. You can easily change the installation path of games, and even MOVE them between drives.)

    When I bought my 1TB Samsung it had just launched, but SSD's from other companies have improved a lot since then. I don't know if I'd buy Samsung today, and I am considering another 1TB SSD. Don't expect much real-world SSD difference in most scenarios so it's mostly about cost and if there are any quality issues.

    Other:
    In my testing, there is significant DIMINISHING RETURNS in real-world usage. For example, the M.2 SSD's that are closer to 10gbps. You need specific workloads to benefit. In some cases some video EDITING (not converting) tasks may benefit.

    Samsung Magician has a RAPID MODE that can buffer some things into your system memory. It's pretty hard to test though, and frankly some of what it does the OS should be doing anyway (though the OS isn't always). At worst it doesn't hurt anything, and at best it gives some benefit.
  3. BadActor said:
    The drive will work. M.2 drives come in different sizes and the 2280 refers to one of those sizes. The SATA III refers to the designated bandwidth, which is 6 Gb/s. An M.2 NVMe drive is rated for higher bandwidth, but requires a compatible motherboard.

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/02/understanding-m-2-the-interface-that-will-speed-up-your-next-ssd/


    Thanks, just what I wanted to hear. I also noticed a Samsung 960 EVO M.2 1TB NVME It's supposed to be worlds faster than even the 850. Check it out!

    Gonna get this one instead. Thanks for both your inputs.....
  4. photonboy said:
    You may wish to consider a 2.5" SSD which will be the same speed, but is easier to reuse in a different system.

    I'm not sure what you are using the 1TB for, but while it helps game loading times it doesn't otherwise benefit them.

    Without knowing your usage and budget, I would perhaps consider a smaller SSD and separate HDD combo. I've got a 1TB Samsung SSD and 4TB HDD as well, and for most games I don't care much about loading.

    Some recent titles seem to be pretty slow, but again that's just the main game and level loads. SKYRIM is a poster child for SSD because of the frequent loading points (Dungeon, building, jump map points).

    Examples:
    960GB Sandisk SSD 2.5" ($230)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/vLCwrH/sandisk-internal-hard-drive-sdssdhii960gg25

    480GB PNY 2.5" ($120)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/978H99/pny-internal-hard-drive-ssd7cs1311480rb

    4TB HDD Seagate ($115)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/Ty6BD3/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st4000dm000

    500GB M.2 2280 SSD ($150)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/product/VrH48d/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mzn5e500bw

    *I have not looked at REVIEWS for these, but I do know there are excellent products with great value to be had. For about $250 you can get a 480GB SSD + 4GB HDD. Not bad.

    **If you still want/need 1TB in an SSD then I suggest the 500GB M.2 model above, then add a separate 2.5" 500GB. That not only saves a little money but also spreads out your risk of failure.

    (maybe partition the OS drive as well to reduce Image Backup size with programs like Acronis True Image. Definitely do that with a 1TB unit. I suggest no more than 150GB for C-drive. You can easily change the installation path of games, and even MOVE them between drives.)

    When I bought my 1TB Samsung it had just launched, but SSD's from other companies have improved a lot since then. I don't know if I'd buy Samsung today, and I am considering another 1TB SSD. Don't expect much real-world SSD difference in most scenarios so it's mostly about cost and if there are any quality issues.

    Other:
    In my testing, there is significant DIMINISHING RETURNS in real-world usage. For example, the M.2 SSD's that are closer to 10gbps. You need specific workloads to benefit. In some cases some video EDITING (not converting) tasks may benefit.

    Samsung Magician has a RAPID MODE that can buffer some things into your system memory. It's pretty hard to test though, and frankly some of what it does the OS should be doing anyway (though the OS isn't always). At worst it doesn't hurt anything, and at best it gives some benefit.



    I believe the new Samsung 960 EVO M.2 1TB smokes even the
    850!
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  6. https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Z97-GAMING-5.html#support-hdd doesn't enlist Samsung 850 EVO
  7. 22mm width 80mm length, 22mm 30mm length usually WiFi card, and so on, The Samsung 850 EVO SATA M.2 is just another variant of Samsung 850 EVO SSD but without SATA III interface and aluminum enclosure.
  8. You have M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe, it's protocol of bandwidth/throughoutput, for non intensive disk cache computing having M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe will unlikely be noticeable,
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