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Hey there,

Im looking to buy either a Samsung 950 Pro 500GB m.2 drive or the intel 750 400GB pcie drive. My mobo is an ASUS x99m-WS, with its only m.2 slot underneath of the top x16 lane, in which I have a Gigabyte Windforce 980ti that can get up to about 78c on its own. My question is: will I experience any fit problems or thermal throttling issues? I know these chips are known for getting hot and I wanted to make sure this is a reliable solution (that is, putting the 950 Pro behind the 980ti.

Also, am I better off to just spring for the Intel 750 (yes, I am aware of how overkill these things are in the first place)?

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Any thoughts?
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Just a heads up, but the X99M-WS' M.2 slot is only PCIE 2.0. You would cap out at (without taking overhead into account) 10Gbps speeds.

I currently have this motherboard and when I had my 950 in the M.2 slot mine maxed out around 60c, but I do have both of my 980 Tis underwater so that could change things a bit. I have yet to hear about anyone having throttling issues, and to be honest throttling will probably never happen in regular desktop use situations. Unfortunately, I cannot help you much when it comes down to giving solid advice as to whether or not the GPU would heat up the SSD by any considerable margin.

As for the 950 vs 750, as far as I know, the 950 is better for regular desktop use. This "better" is really not noticeable at the ratings these two can achieve. Pick whichever you prefer, if you want full 950 Pro speeds you will need an M.2 -> PCIE adapter whereas the 750 will be drop in. I have zero idea on if the 750 throttles in desktop situations but you could probably look that up (I would assume it does not).
Edited by hiarc - 8/2/16 at 6:47pm
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Just a heads up, but the X99M-WS' M.2 slot is only PCIE 2.0. You would cap out at (without taking overhead into account) 10Gbps speeds.

I currently have this motherboard and when I had my 950 in the M.2 slot mine maxed out around 60c, but I do have both of my 980 Tis underwater so that could change things a bit. I have yet to hear about anyone having throttling issues, and to be honest throttling will probably never happen in regular desktop use situations.

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Thanks for the reply, I didnt know that about the mobo. If I purchase a m.2 to pcie adapter, will I be losing any performance or encounter any problem?
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I'm currently using a PCIE adapter on mine, was using a different one without a heatsink before this one, and I never had any issues with the motherboard not recognizing or automatically booting from the drive.

If this is your first time using an NVME drive, keep in mind that boot up times will be longer due to NVME initialization.
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