This is prolly one for @Quizzical
I'm developing a RPG with a huge open-world map and I need 10.000s of small HDD r/w instructions to get the map created. Right now I'm using a conventional HDD and processing a piece of 300x300m takes about 3 minutes. Because of this I'm on the fence to grab a SSD to speed up the process, but am not sure what to get. Should I get a regular SSD or a M.2 (with controller since my mobo doesn't support them) to speed up the whole process.
I've looked at the Samsung SSDs whith ~500Mpbs read/write speed but I've also seen M.2s with up to 3200/2400Mbps read/write speed. I know that the 'regular' SSD will be no problem for my system, but what about the high speed M.2 (with controller)?
My CPU is an AMD FX-8350 non-OC on an AsRock 990FX Extrme3 mobo along with 32Gb DDR3-1600 RAM. I've seen PCI(e) M.2 controllers that should be able to support that 3200/2400 M.2 SSD in my system, but what about the speed and/or slowdown in it - are my CPU fast and the mobo's controllers fast enough to support this kind of speed?
Aside from that, it the double price of the M.2 with controller worth the double price of the regular SSD when comparing performance? If the Samsung is about 10x the speed of my current HDD, that'd mean that instead of 3 minutes the tast is done in ~20 seconds (which I think is already a huge improvement) while the M.2 would be doing it in about ~4 seconds.
Any input/thoughts are welcome!