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Does anyone know if this board supports samsung 950 pro and can run at full speed?
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Does anyone know if this board supports samsung 950 pro and can run at full speed?

I believe what I have read and saw in reviews on Newegg it is x2 not x4 m.2 slot. Thus not either full speed or not supported at all.
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The M.2 is PCIe 2.0 x2, so it's limited to about 800MB/s.
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I want this board for a new build so bad but I really can't get over the fact that the M.2 is only PCIe 2.0. Not sure if I should just take the plunge and maybe deal with the SATA ports only or wait and see if there could be another board that is just as good with a better/faster M.2 slot.
post #415 of 431
The EVGA X99 Micro2 has an M.2 supporting 32Gbps, but I do not know whether it meets your criteria for being "just as good".
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Either the EVGA X99 Micro2 or the ASRock X99M Extreme4/Fatal1ty would be my choice.
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@thread

This board is definitely on my shopping list. biggrin.gif

All of you worried about the M.2 slot being PCIe 2.0 x2 need to be a little more circumspect. Yes, it's limited to ~800MB/s but what does that mean to you in the real world? Do you have an equally fast SSD or large enough DDR3 RAM drive to copy large files to/from, in order to hit that bottleneck? Are you involved in digital content creation?

If the answer is yes, you have every right to be concerned, otherwise let it go - you won't see a difference anyway; certainly not while playing games, that's for sure. Me? If I could get my hands on a 1TB M.2 SSD I'd slap one in this board and call it a day - as an OS drive, 800MB/s means absolutely nothing to me. IOPS means a hell of a lot more.

Also, taken from here:
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...while the M.2 slots can use either two 2.0 lanes from the chipset itself, or up to four 3.0 lanes taken directly from the processor.

The ASUS philosophy appears to be that since this is marketed as a workstation board, it will be the core of systems intended for digital content creation such as producing 4K video. With that in mind, it won't matter that the M.2 slot is PCIe 2.0 x2 because people in that field will likely opt for a slot-based NVMe SSD anyway like the Intel 750, as well as a single graphics card. However, in the absence of an mATX X99 ROG board, this board can still do tri-SLI with the M.2 slot occupied (and a CPU with enough lanes to make it worthwhile) - at least it appears so.
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Does the X99M-WS Micro allow you to boot off of the an M.2 NVMe SSD, regardless if it's mounted in the M.2 slot or on a PCIe 3.0 extension card?
    
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I don't see why not. Why wouldn't it be able to?
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Figured as much, just wanted to make sure smile.gif
    
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