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SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2 500GB and Asus LGA1150 Z97 MAXIMUS VII HERO


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#1 Bogdanov89

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 04:33 AM

Can anyone please check and verify is the newest Samsung SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2 500GB compatible with the motherboard Asus LGA1150 Z97 MAXIMUS VII HERO?

I tried comparing the specifications but i am not familiar with tech so i don't want to make an expensive mistake.

Thank you very much for helping me out.



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#2 Steven_M

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 05:06 AM

That Mobo is M.2 compatible.

 

https://www.asus.com/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/MAXIMUS_VII_HERO/



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Posted 10 April 2017 - 06:00 PM

The 960 EVO makes a huge difference on OS installation times (a full install of WIn10 in 4 minutes, for example), and certain file copy scenarios, but, if primarily a gamer,  I would place much more emphasis on a better GPU and CPU, if on a budget. (I'd much rather have a 7700K and a GTX1080, than a 7600K/GTX1070/Samsung 960 EVO; of course, if you can afford all three, enjoy!)


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:10 PM

I may be wrong on this and hopefully it can be confirmed. I believe the 960EVO is PCIe 3.0 X 4 but the MB only supports PCIe X 2. See this ROG thread.

 

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?47186-Confused-over-M-2-SSD-PCI-Ex

 

The image is from 1-2 of the manual.

 

Edit: This thread may also help. Concerns the Z97 chipset.

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2855440/ssd-pcie-0x4-0x4.html

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Edited by JohnC_21, 10 April 2017 - 07:14 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 07:32 PM

According to this, yes, with a BIOS update.  Needs version 2601 or later.


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 08:00 PM

I may be wrong on this and hopefully it can be confirmed. I believe the 960EVO is PCIe 3.0 X 4 but the MB only supports PCIe X 2. See this ROG thread.

 

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?47186-Confused-over-M-2-SSD-PCI-Ex

 

The image is from 1-2 of the manual.

 

Edit: This thread may also help. Concerns the Z97 chipset.

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2855440/ssd-pcie-0x4-0x4.html

 

I think that is right John. The marketing material refers to the port as having a max speed of 10 Gb/s (vs SATA 6 Gb/s) so it's not going to allow the drive to operate at it's full potential.  The newer Z270 boards (for Skylake & Kaby Lake) M.2. slots allow up to 32 Gb/s.  I believe the PCIe interface provided by the Z97 chipset is eight PCIe 2.0 lanes, which is shared by the expansion slots and M.2. slot, and other devices on the PCIe bus.  PCIe 3.0 (16 lanes) is provided by the CPU for the graphics card.  This is unless, as per one of the conversations you linked to, additional hardware was installed by the motherboard manufacturer to give more PCIe 3.0 lanes (which they did do on certain high end Z97 motherboards).


Edited by jonuk76, 10 April 2017 - 08:10 PM.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:26 PM

I realized my motherboard didn't support the full speed potential of the 960 EVO and 960 PRO so i installed an adapter , quick fix.






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