M.2 Adapter card

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by Redmud, May 14, 2019.

  1. Redmud

    Redmud [H]Lite

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    Hello,

    I have a fairly old motherboard, MSI Z97 Gaming 5 and would like to put in an M.2 drive while the board does have an M.2 slot it is an older interface. I was thinking of possibly getting a PCIe adapter card and stick that in.

    Currently I have an SSD for the boot drive an a HDD for my data (all game data). Would this be a viable short term? I plan to get a new system Q1 of next year so the m.2 drive would move over there. My concern is I do not want to impact the Video card so I am not clear on if sticking another card in a PCIe slot would be bad. The thing here is I have money to burn now that I may not have later.

    Thanks
     
  2. dexvx

    dexvx [H]ard|Gawd

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    Hardly think you're going to notice a difference between 10Gbps M.2 and 20 Gbps M.2 in real world.
     
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  3. mikeo

    mikeo Limp Gawd

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    I added a samsung M.2 to my old x79 platform, it's really fast with a 2080ti, only issue I had was I had to patch the BIOS to be able to boot from it.
     
  4. Thevoid230

    Thevoid230 n00b

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    Just put the m.2 in the mobo slot unless you are using the bottom sata ports. As devex said, you are unlikely to notice a difference unless you need more than 800MB/s. However, your board does support running x8 x4 x4, so you could run 2 drives in adaptors off the cpu pcie if you really wanted
     
  5. the snake

    the snake [H]ard|Gawd

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    what mobo was that ?
     
  6. mikeo

    mikeo Limp Gawd

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    Asus x79 sabertooth, 3930k. Plan on getting a 16 or 32 core amd next depending on what happens with ryzen 9 or the next threadripper.
     
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    ND40oz [H]ardForum Junkie

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  8. Aluminum

    Aluminum Gawd

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    FWIW the bios 'hack' isn't hard, and isn't an actual hack but really a workaround to put in normal UEFI functions in because vendors abandon stuff so damn fast.

    I mean if you're going to point at a $400 card just to boot from it, would make far more sense to just upgrade the platform.

    Even 4x4 bifurcation cards are around $50 and work in good modern boards with superior software defined storage, the old RAID vendors are stuck in the past.
     
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