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by Steve Cirone on Wed Feb 01, 2023 3:26 pm
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Is a 2 TB NVME storage much faster than a regular 2 TB WD Blue?  Is it possible to install the NVME in a regular off the shelf 2022 Lenovo Legion desktop?
 
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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Feb 07, 2023 7:51 am
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Massively faster, like 10 times as fast.

I can't imagine a 2022 computer not having NVME slots but if you post what motherboard you have or just google that motherboard it should tell you. Almost all MB's have 2 slots these days.
 

by jwaif on Wed Feb 08, 2023 12:49 pm
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You can find the shop manual for your Lenovo laptop here.

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by Steve Cirone on Fri Feb 10, 2023 9:39 am
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Thank you for the help, EJ and John. I know little about hopping up a desktop computer and fear I may damage or destroy something if I open it up. I read up on Google and saw putting in a regular SSD was not too challenging. So I carefully took he sides off my desktop and found considerable lint after one year of use. The fan blades were easy to clean with Q tips. After tidying things up I was ready to plunge into the fear zone.

I read more on the original specs on my rig and cheerfully discovered it came stock with a 512 NVMe which is where all the operating systems reside. It is fast. I turn on the computer and it boots essentially instantly. The hang up was the old school platter hard drive where I have my photos. Slow. I chickened out on putting in an NVMe storage for the photos even though the price was about the same as the regular 2 TB Crucial SSD I got off Amazon for $150. The computer came with the two plug and play SSD connect wires, so, since I can plug in a toaster I figured I could plug in the SSD. Phew, I got it working.

Now, I sort of regret not going the NVMe route for max speed, but working on a mother board is far over my head. I am now tempted to take the rig to a computer shop and have them put in a 2TB NVMe, and also max out the ram. I only have 16 ram.

Do you think either or both of these ideas for more photo editing speed useful? Not sure where things generally bottleneck. Current desktop specs:
2022 Lenovo Legion with Windows 11 home, 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11500 Processor, 512GB NVMe for systems, 2TB Crucial SSD for photos, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz ram, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics 6GB.
 
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by Mark L on Fri Feb 10, 2023 10:35 am
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I would at least double your RAM to 32.  I went from 16 to 48 and it made a huge difference for me in PhotoShop.

The upgrade of your system to a 2TB NVME drive would not be a huge change for you.  The current drive is capable of handling the system/program tasks and your SSD for the data files is reasonably fast.  Your bottleneck now is the memory where 16 is just too small and you will be swapping out to disk. 
 

by Steve Cirone on Fri Feb 10, 2023 11:00 am
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Thanks, Mark. The system has a group of "speedometers" and I noticed any time I am editing photos the speedometer is pegged for ram. Opening a folder from a day with a lot of photos is where the rig falters for a while.
 
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