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My motherboard is the MSI PC MATE Z97 and MSI have included BIOS support for NVME but my motherboard does not have a m.2 connector.

I was considering the NEW Samsung SM961 and I understand that I could use a PCI-E to M.2 adaptor card but that will not give me the full speeds and I cannot boot from the drive is this correct?
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Originally Posted by rick19011 View Post

My motherboard is the MSI PC MATE Z97 and MSI have included BIOS support for NVME but my motherboard does not have a m.2 connector.

I was considering the NEW Samsung SM961 and I understand that I could use a PCI-E to M.2 adaptor card but that will not give me the full speeds and I cannot boot from the drive is this correct?

Where did you read that? running on a pci slot as long as it is x4 speed it will be full speed with no bottlenecks. M.2 is just a slimmer version really. and im 99% sure the bios will be able to read it and boot from it just fine, ive not done it personally but i see no reason it wouldnt work. hope this helps.
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I used a Lycom DT120 PCIE M.2 adaptor with my SM951 NVMe and it worked fine as a boot drive and I got full speeds from it. (2200MB/s)

However, my system booted quicker when it was in the onboard m.2 slot, even though it doesn't run at full speed (~850MB/s)

I suspect a higher quality adapter (i.e. Silverstone) would give a better experience.
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I used a Lycom DT120 PCIE M.2 adaptor with my SM951 NVMe and it worked fine as a boot drive and I got full speeds from it. (2200MB/s)

However, my system booted quicker when it was in the onboard m.2 slot, even though it doesn't run at full speed (~850MB/s)

I suspect a higher quality adapter (i.e. Silverstone) would give a better experience.
Nope, "higher" quality adapter will make zero difference. Those are passive adapters, that simply route pcie lanes to m.2 connector.
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