Does m.2 2280 nvme ssd make sense?

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Hi guys, I've just purchased a new nas (ds1821+) and I'm guessing if bye or not the m.2 2280 nvme ssd.

What are the advantages? Being a professional photographer I use the nas as the archive for all of my pictures. Does the expense make sense? What is the suggested size/brand?

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Working with large files that have no changes you will not see a big benefit of the cache. On the other hand, working with platforms that use a large number of smaller files, DB platforms, or virtual machines, cache will give you some boost in performance.

If you are using the nas as a pure archive location, imho, you would be throwing money away.
 
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Working with large files that have no changes you will not see a big benefit of the cache. On the other hand, working with platforms that use a large number of smaller files, DB platforms, or virtual machines, cache will give you some boost in performance.

If you are using the nas as a pure archive location, imho, you would be throwing money away.
One of the most frustrating thing for me is browse my pictures. Once I open a folder it takes a lot of time to load all the miniatures and is always laggy. Does it improve that speed?

Nice photos 🙂
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Does it improve that speed?
Personally I am nowhere near your use case, there are people on the forum that might give a more accurate opinion on this, but maybe you could just share how exactly are you browsing your images. Are you using any specific platform, app, protocol, and if so, what?
 

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For what it's worth there is the SSD Cache Advisor. Not sure it's that accurate in determining cache size as it analyses usage for all shared folders in a volume, and I have most heavy use on backup folders that don't need cache.

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Have you already used 10GbE? I would monitor the network and disk performances when you are attempting to view a typical folder of image files and see what is peaking.
 

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I just open the folder using photo mechaninc Homepage - Camera Bits, Inc. or the regular finder
I would agree with Fred here. If you are using a basic SMB access with access over Finder, then there is no searching that is unsupported by some indexed platform to help on that front. On the other hand I haven't used Photo Mechanic, but I guess it should be a better solution then Finder.

Still, if the files are large in size, then, as said, a better network speed might help more then the cache itself. If the network is not the bottleneck, you could look towards the cache as a potential solution.
 

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Francesco,
some “dictionary” alignment is necessary to understand your state:
1. yours “archive” means save the photos to the NAS for don’t touch for long time stage. Or it’s a catalog for active editing stage?
2. Are you connected to the NAS over WiFi? Or describe your LAN.
3. How many photos and their size in a single folder when it’s “laggy”?
4. Did you mean “is always laggy” during the first photos upload to the NAS or exactly always?
 

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