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I may be a speed freak. Not when I'm driving, I am that idiot in front of you who insists on driving at the speed limit, no matter how closely you tailgate him. But I love fast computers, since fiddling with computers is my only hobby.
About a year ago my previous desktop was getting old (7 years) and I got a new one from Dell. The new one came with a NVMe slot for a M.2 SSD system drive. I added a regular SATA SSD for an internal data drive. I noticed that the machine was very fast, but yesterday for the first time I ran benchmark software to compare the speed of both SSDs.
The test result blew me away. Sequential read speed were 560 MB/s for the SATA SSD, but 3539 MB/s for the M.2 SSD! The M.2 was more than 6 times faster than the regular SATA SSD. Wow!
OK Mr Dell, for my next desktop I want a machine with three NVMe M.2 slots. One for my systems drive, one for my data drive and for the drive where I store my systems images, PLEASE!
I too love speed (when it comes to dev boxes) too, and like you, I don't feel the need to exceed the speed limit when driving. My weapon of choice is the GigaByte BRIX[^]. My (now 3 year old) model has an 8-core i7 running at 3.2GHz, 16GB RAM, and a 500GB fast-write Samsung SSD. I use it exclusively for development and it screams!
Yes, and the new models support 2 drives and 32G RAM. Aside from its speed, I love the fact that I can put it in my briefcase when I travel (which admittedly isn't often) because it's only 4" x 4" x 2" in size. It's smaller than my WD 8TB MyBook external drive!