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Actually there have been several opportunities to buy a OnePlus One without an invite since early November - and it is a pretty nice phone... Don't let all the negative comments make you think otherwise. There are always going to be units with build issues but most are really problem free. If you are looking for one, make sure you are registered on their forums and check the email account you use to register daily because they do send invite out but they are only good for a limited time once sent.

As for the M.2 SSD's I think you may be right. They are great for very small form factors and ultrabooks but mass adoption for a desktop motherboard is not going to happen.

"Several" opportunities to buy since November? Seriously, that's the problem right there. And I never said anything regarding build issues or problems with the phone itself. I'm sure its a fine and dandy phone. But *** is the point if you can't even buy it?

That's the biggest problem with M.2 right now. Can you buy an M.2 "PCI-E based" SSD? Sure, they have a Plextor one that is BARELY any faster than the fasest SATA 3 Samsung SSD. I mean come on, where is the supposedly claimed 50% faster than SATA 3? I don't see it.

M.2 PCI-E is just a huge marketing gimmick by motherboard manufactures. When did Intel Z97 come out? And where are we now with M.2 PCI-E? The Plextor one, and yeah....that's about it really. At the rate we are going, we probably won't see real M.2 PCI-E SSDs until after Skylake. Lame
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It may be a marketing gimmick, but one thing is for sure they are hands down faster than a normal ssd and take up a lot less space.....
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I know this is a really old thread and I will probably get in trouble for bumping, but I have a quick question and thought creating a thread wasn't worth it.

**I have a ROG Hero Z97 with two 980's, I was looking at buying a XP941 because my old scratch disk died, I know the M.2 slot is limited to x2 so the drive will be held back, but I shouldn't have any issues with lanes for my 980's right?

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I know this is a really old thread and I will probably get in trouble for bumping, but I have a quick question and thought creating a thread wasn't worth it.

**I have a ROG Hero Z97 with two 980's, I was looking at buying a XP941 because my old scratch disk died, I know the M.2 slot is limited to x2 so the drive will be held back, but I shouldn't have any issues with lanes for my 980's right?

Thanks guys

You should be fine, because the Z97 Hero will use the PCH's PCI-E Lanes for the SSD, and then use the CPU's PCI-E Lanes for the GPU's

And yes, Z97 is limited because I think maximum SSD speeds can perform at PCI-E 2.0 4x....However Skylake can do PCI-E 3.0 4x
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You should be fine, because the Z97 Hero will use the PCH's PCI-E Lanes for the SSD, and then use the CPU's PCI-E Lanes for the GPU's

And yes, Z97 is limited because I think maximum SSD speeds can perform at PCI-E 2.0 4x....However Skylake can do PCI-E 3.0 4x

I figured that I was just making sure, I'm ok with my 980's running at x8 but if one dropped down to x4 no way lol. I wish manufactures made PCI lanes more simply explained
post #16 of 18
I suppose even with the extra 8 lanes from the CPU, and apparently my board being limited to x2 for some reason I will be limited to x2 bandwidth regardless. I knew I should have gotten x99 lol. rolleyes.gif
post #17 of 18
I can confirm my two GTX 580s will not function in SLI with a PCI-e x4 M.2 addon card installed in the third PCI-e slot. With the M.2 card installed in the M.2 slot SLI does function but of course the M.2 SSD only functions at 800MBps approx vs 3000MBps.

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