Dell Latitude 5490 Benchmark Comparison With M.2 PCIe Drives, Spinning Disk & SATA SSD

The video and table below clearly demonstrate that PCIe NVMe connected SSD’s run much faster than do conventional SATA connected SSDs or SATA spinning disks.

This benchmarking was completed using a Dell Latitude 5490 laptop with Novabench free benchmarking tool.  For comparison, we also included some benchmarks we completed last year on a nicely configured Dell Optiplex 5050 and a Dell Latitude 5480 (the 5490’s predecessor).

We explain that although the 5490 has a 2242 M.2 slot like the 5480, it is a PCIe slot and not a SATA slot (like the 5480).  This means you can install an M.2 SSD into that slot but unlike the 5480, the 5490 can not use that as a  Caching SSD.

Benchmark Laptop Lat 5490 Disks - June 2018


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    Mike November 1, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Hi ian, the wwan connection can get only nvme ssd or sata too?
    Can you boot the os from the wwan m.2 module ?

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews November 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      We did, so yes, it can be done. Unfortunately I no longer have access to any of these units so what we have written is what we know.

      Thanks for checking in Mike.

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    Jefferson June 24, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    so using the wwan connection, I can not get a bootable m2 like hd?

    that is, I choose between a conventional hd or a ssd instead of it.

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews June 30, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Jeffer;

      I am unsure what you are seeing problems with. If you can provide a bit more information, we may be able to help.

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