Don’t let the title of this video short scare you off. Solid-state drives or SSDs are simply the hardware you use to store your applications, games, programs, and files.
There are different types of SSDs on the market. You may have also read about the various standards such as SATA, SAS and NVMe, and PCIe. SATA and SAS refer to how the drives connect to a computer. While the core technology is the same, certain SSD solutions use different connections to achieve fast transfer speeds.
NVMe, or Non-Volatile Memory Express, is the technology that lets SSD communicate to the PCIe connection. PCIe, or Peripheral Component Interconnect Express, is an internal interface connection on your computer’s motherboard. U.2 Drives, on the other hand, allow multiple NVMe SSDs to be installed on a carrier shuttle that can then be swapped out or used in a variety of U.2 compatible internal drive bays, enclosures, and servers.
We realize that’s a lot of information. Watch Michelle OWC Rocket Yard breaks this all down in more detail in this 10-minute video from OWC.