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Will my motherboard run M.2 NVMe?

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Will my motherboard run M.2 NVMe?

I need to do a storage upgrade and I'm wondering if my motherboard will support M.2 NVMe?

Will I get the performance out an M.2 NVMe? Or should I look for something else.

Board: Asus Z97 Pro
https://www.cnet.com/products/asus-z97- ... ocket-z97/

A couple of SSD's I was looking at:
https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX75359
https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX00116184

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most z97 boards although they have an m2 slot alot of them are only are gen2x4 rather then gen3 so although it works it will max speed out at around 1000ish mb/s only a tiny bit faster then a standard sata ssd. u can however get a pci-e to m2 card and if u plug the card into the second 16x slot that will run it at gen3x4 so u should get the full 3000 someodd mb/s that a gen3 nvme can do.
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Gee wrote: No NVMe on that motherboard

You can’t even run m.2 SATA

You need 2.5” for that board
u can see the m.2 slot its right next to the sata ports its also printed in white text right by there m.2 support.
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aaron158 wrote: u can see the m.2 slot its right next to the sata ports its also printed in white text right by there m.2 support.
I must have missed it. Old tired eyes

It is a Braswell board, at best it will be m.2 SATA
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Gee wrote: No NVMe on that motherboard

You can’t even run m.2 SATA

You need 2.5” for that board
Manual says under storage

Intel® Z97 Express Chipset with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 13 support
- 1 x SATA Express port (black at mid-board, compatible with 2 x
SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports)
- 1 x M.2 socket 3*
- 4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)
- Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start
Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology**
ASMedia® SATA 6 Gb/s controller***
- 2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports (black)
* M.2 Socket 3 shares bandwidth with SATA Express, and supports
M Key and type 2260/2280 storage devices.
** These functions work depending on the CPU installed.
*** These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported

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Gee wrote: I must have missed it. Old tired eyes

It is a Braswell board, at best it will be m.2 SATA
neweggs marketing info says nvme but only gen 2
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I'm really just looking for a decent storage update to be honest. I don't really game much at all.
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kaddy69 wrote: I'm really just looking for a decent storage update to be honest. I don't really game much at all.
Get a SATA 2.5" SSD
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Gee wrote: Solid choice. Crucial MX500 is good too
Crucial blows when u need any warranty help from them. first there gonna make u pay on ur dime to ship all the way to the us then they won't declare the replacement as a warranty replacement so u will get jacked for duty fees and brokerage fees.

WD is fine since they have a Canadian location to ship to and they declare it properly so u don't pay any import fees. kingston probably has the best support when it comes to warranty since they pay 2 way shipping and the replacement is shipped via 2 day air so u get it quickly.
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Z97 can run NVMe. I've done it with an old system before.
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aaron158 wrote: Crucial blows when u need any warranty help from them. first there gonna make u pay on ur dime to ship all the way to the us then they won't declare the replacement as a warranty replacement so u will get jacked for duty fees and brokerage fees.

WD is fine since they have a Canadian location to ship to and they declare it properly so u don't pay any import fees. kingston probably has the best support when it comes to warranty since they pay 2 way shipping and the replacement is shipped via 2 day air so u get it quickly.
Exactly what he said! Crucial will screw you over with brokerage, shipping, taxes, etc and send you a refurb. Kingston will pay shipping both ways and new.

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