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James in Murfreesboro, Tennessee listens online and is calling via the App and asked: “I’m in the market for a new laptop and I keep seeing something about a new type of SSD. Can you explain to me the difference between the old standard SSD and the new ones that are coming?”
James, youre probably seeing NVMe SSD. Its not really all that new at this point but its slowly becoming the norm.
If you think of an older SSD looking like an HDD, a rectangular box meant to fit in the same spot the HDD took up, NVMe SSDs look like a stick of RAM memory.
SSD drives that used SATA connectors had to implement some standards that werent really optimal for SSDs, NVMe drives are better suited to the technology, and may be result in better performance (though any SSD will be good, really), and can make better use of multicore processors. They will also take up a lot less room, which may or may not matter to you. If youre just buying a new laptop our guess is that it probably doesnt matter.
You cant really go wrong with any type of SSD though, they will all be performant and energy efficient, so dont obsess too much about the type unless youre a real power user.
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