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F.Ultra 8 Jan
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Quoting: EikeI should have done a little bit more research before posting.
I wasn't even aware that it's not the latest generation.
But still, good to hear you've got good experiences with it.
My first M.2 SSD is already on its way to me! :)
Thanks & stay safe!
Just a tip: Don't format your new NVMe with btrfs. Use ext4 or XFS. While btrfs is great for spinning disks and SSD, it surprisingly stinks in performance on NVMe.

Where does this come from? I have BTRFS on all my drives (a Samsung 970 EVO Plus as / and two WD Red 8T in Raid1 for /home) and cannot say that my performance stinks when compared with when I used ext4.
It comes from the Filesystem Roundup article in issue 283 of Linux Format. They in fact tested with an EVO 970.

The gist is use btrfs for HDD and SSD if you like those features (I like them), but stick to ext4/xfs for NVMe and USB stick. btrfs was 30% slower than the other filesystems on the 970 according to the multiple tests in this article.

Looking at the article it seams to be the Intel 530 and BTRFS had the same performance increase going from SSD to NVMe as the other filesystems. But then I have just been able to look at the free sample pages so perhaps there are some missing from the actual magazine. Yes BTEFS is slower than every other FS but that is due to BTRFS sacrificing performance for features (most importantly checksumming). That ext4 was slowed on SSD than BTRFS looks to be some misconfiguration because it shouldn't be.
F.Ultra 8 Jan
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Quoting: F.UltraWhere does this come from? I have BTRFS on all my drives (a Samsung 970 EVO Plus as / and two WD Red 8T in Raid1 for /home) and cannot say that my performance stinks when compared with when I used ext4

Actually, how is the performance for /home for you? My main anxiety towards moving /home off of my NVME is that I'd lose out on performance in a major way.

Or in other words, how much difference does NVME vs SATA have in terms of games?

Never had /home on NVMe, I moved from single SATA for whole disk to Raid6 on 3 SATA for whole disk to splitting / and /boot to a NVMe and later moved /home from my Raid6 to two new SATA drives. Would have preferred to be able to have /home on NVMe as well but 8TB drives don't come cheap there...
Your /home is 8TB? What the hell. I don't know what makes up that storage consumption, but maybe you should mount other drive types inside a /home/[user]/subfolder and then use NVMe for the rest of /home. Take as much advantage of your fast storage as you can (including swap file if you even use one).

FWIW, this is how my storage is set up:
NVMe for OS
Another NVMe for games and development apps
RAID0 SSD for, yes, more games
Spinning disk for large, mostly static files

I'm a dev so I have thousands of large log-files, sql-databases, build environments. Then there is my entire Steam library and music/video collection.
I might be arriving too late to this thread, but I have an ADATA XPG Spectrix, and it works great.
https://www.adata.com/us/xpg/610

Last edited by Koopacabras on 8 January 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC
kaiman 9 Jan
Quoting: BlackBloodRumA word of warning on the Kingston A2000
That's a known issue, but should be fixed by a firmware upgrade.

Personally, I've been using a NVME SSD since 2015 without issues. Though the first one was rather small (128GB if I recall) and has since been replaced. The current one is a Western Digital WDS500G2B0B. The only thing I did is moving /var, /tmp and swap onto a regular HDD, but not quite sure if that is really required.
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Quoting: BlackBloodRumA word of warning on the Kingston A2000
That's a known issue, but should be fixed by a firmware upgrade.

Yup.. updated the firmware and tried the boot parameters.. still happens.
Eike 9 Jan
Meanwhile I'm overwriting my HDD to get rid of the last one in my system. :)
(Running for over 3.5 hours already.)
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