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  1. #1
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    Slow bootup with M.2?

    Naturally, like everyone else, I want "moar" speed and for my next build I was planning on using an M.2 SSD since it's I/Os are multitudes faster than even a good SATA SSD.

    But then I read that when it comes to boot up, M.2 is actually slower...much slower. I have an i7 Sandy Bridge laptop that boots from a SATA SSD in 15 seconds. I heard an M.2 drive could take up to 1 minute. Ouch! That's quite a drawback.

    Does anyone know if this is true? Does anybody have experience?

    I appreciate any assistance.

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    Re: Slow bootup with M.2?

    I'm looking at getting a PCI Express SSD when I get more bills paid, and I haven't decided which one I'm gonna get, or if I should get an M.2 to PCI Express card, and get an M.2 SSD for it.
    I can still get the ASUS RAIDR Express PCI Express SSD on Amazon, so that might be an option for me, just not sure yet.

    Hmm, don't have any experience with an M.2 SSD, who knows, maybe somebody else knows.

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    Re: Slow bootup with M.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by btdog View Post
    Naturally, like everyone else, I want "moar" speed and for my next build I was planning on using an M.2 SSD since it's I/Os are multitudes faster than even a good SATA SSD.

    But then I read that when it comes to boot up, M.2 is actually slower...much slower. I have an i7 Sandy Bridge laptop that boots from a SATA SSD in 15 seconds. I heard an M.2 drive could take up to 1 minute. Ouch! That's quite a drawback.

    Does anyone know if this is true? Does anybody have experience?

    I appreciate any assistance.
    I have 2 laptops with M.2 drives

    From cold boot is about 10 seconds to a usable desktop.

    My son has a 4770k rig, M.2 and he gets to a usable desktop (from a cold boot) in about 8 seconds.

    Where did you hear a minute from ?


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    Re: Slow bootup with M.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmettin View Post
    My son has a 4770k rig, M.2 and he gets to a usable desktop (from a cold boot) in about 8 seconds.

    Where did you hear a minute from ?
    Now that's what I'm talking about! 8 seconds is sweet.

    As to your question, "Boot Times" by Zak Storey, MaximumPC, March 2017, pg. 55 (emphasis has been added where applicable):

    "It only seems like yesterday that I would hit the switch on my BitFenix Shinobi, make a run for the throne, grab a drink, and head back to my room at varsity, waiting for my system to boot into life. An SSD was the solution to those waits. It annexed the ancient hard drive, enabling booting from UEFI to login screen in less time than it takes to identify the console gamer in the room [about 10 seconds).

    Things have improved drastically since those first SSDs. PCIe SSDs are now available to the masses, which, on paper, should be far faster than any SSD from days past. The latest budget 250GB Samsung Evo 960 comes with sequential reads of 3,200M B/s—six times faster than the height of SSD power, with reads being the key factor when looking at boot times. However, in my experience, it doesn't correlate well when it comes to boot times.

    As the motherboard takes time to identify the PCIe drive as a bootable device, it can take 20-60 seconds for a PCIe system to boot. The obvious benefit is when you're on desktop, with near instantaneous program loading and super-fast file transfers, but it's still sluggish from power-on to login. RAID solutions don't help, because the system cycles through the necessary prompts to allow you to enter the RAID UEFI setup each bootup as welt, further increasing load times. So, the answer? Well, it sounds ridiculous. but if you're just after a quick booting system, and aren't really a professional just yet, the SSD still might be the best choice for you."

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    Re: Slow bootup with M.2?

    Ya my intel rig boots very fast with my digital M.2.

    Everything is faster with M.2, for sure. Maybe not as big an increase as standard HD to SSD but it is a noticeable difference.

    I think it was talking about using a PCI slot card for m.2, I've never used one but for sure m.2 in a NVMe slot this will not occur.

    The new AMD boards are slow to get to bios, at least the one I have and I have read others with the issue, about 20 seconds or so, then off to the races
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