Bought a low cost 240GB M.2 PCI Express SSD for the studio. There is abundant room with 240GB for an operating system and some applications. The KingDian NV40 240GB SSD was only $55 plus taxes Canadian.

The orange models are PCIe while the blue models are SATA. At least KingDian makes it easier to select the right technology. The low cost KingDian uses only 2 PCIe 3.0 lanes which is enough to handle the bandwidth of the SSD chips.

  • NV40
  • M.2 2280
  • PCIe 3.0 support
  • 1628 MB/s Read
  • 862 MB/s Write
  • MTBF 2 million hours

The ARM Cortex A5 is used for the controller. This simplifies design as compared to using a PCIe devices such as Silicon Image etc.

The average selling price for commodity SSD products is making the move to motherboard mounted operating systems the way forward.

The AM4 platform has 4 lanes from the CPU to support the M.2 SSD which means the data is loaded into the CPU directly.

To be sure this SSD is not going to win any contests for performance but this product is aimed at the budget market which is much more mainstream. The 240GB is adequate space and the use of PCI Express means that it works with all of the AM4 motherboards in the studio.

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