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post #1 of 10
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Hi

I have asrock h97 fatality killer and so it does not support nvme so if I bought m.2 card will be it function with Samsung 950 pro at high speed ?

For example this card

http://www.addonics.com/products/adm2px4.php


Also can I boot windows 10 from this drive ?
post #2 of 10
You have to verify that your motherboard will support all 4 PCIE lanes to the slot you put this in. If you have multiple GPUs or other cards, you may not have enough PCIE lanes on your cpu to accommodate full speeds for the m.2 drive. You may also need to upgrade your mobo bios. I ended up upgrading to a x99 to accommodate my GPUs and the m.2.

If you do have enough lanes available, then you should be able to put windows on the m.2 drive. If you plan on doing a fresh install, you may need to have the drivers available on a thumb drive to be able to see the m.2 drive during install.

You also may be able to use the samsung migration assistant to clone your current drive assuming the partition on your current drive is smaller than your m.2 drive. I recommend running disk cleanup and defragment a few times to prepair for the migration. You will then have two identical drives and you will want to remove the old drive to force a boot on the new m.2.

Hope that helps a little.
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Originally Posted by wel123 View Post

Hi

I have asrock h97 fatality killer and so it does not support nvme so if I bought m.2 card will be it function with Samsung 950 pro at high speed ?

For example this card

http://www.addonics.com/products/adm2px4.php


Also can I boot windows 10 from this drive ?
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1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x2 & SATA, Supports 30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm M.2 devices)

it will work but will cap at 2x speeds. And I cant seem to see if your board supports NVMe Boot drives.
Edited by NKrader - 10/3/16 at 11:04pm
     
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I can see on asrock's download page there's a BIOS update with NVMe support. http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty%20H97%20Killer/?cat=Download&os=BIOS
My guess is if you plug the m.2 card with the pcie adapter from addonics it will run at full speed as long as you have enough free lanes. How many PCIe cards/graphics cards are you currently running and what CPU are you using?
If you plug the m.2 into its own designated slot, you might disable 1 or in some case 2 sata ports, you should check that in your manual.
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I can see on asrock's download page there's a BIOS update with NVMe support. http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty%20H97%20Killer/?cat=Download&os=BIOS
My guess is if you plug the m.2 card with the pcie adapter from addonics it will run at full speed as long as you have enough free lanes. How many PCIe cards/graphics cards are you currently running and what CPU are you using?
If you plug the m.2 into its own designated slot, you might disable 1 or in some case 2 sata ports, you should check that in your manual.

What you mean enough PCI lanes ? I use single GPU and x1 sound blaster card. My CPU is i5 4670k

Where also I should install the m.2 card ? In which slot ?
post #6 of 10
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Can you please check my board manual I don't know what I should look for
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The i5 4670k has 16 lanes which are currently being used by your graphics card. It seems your PCIe4 slot is connected to the chipset so you'll have enough lanes. If you plug the m.2 in the PCIe4 slot it will run at x4, but the only troubling thing would be that you won't get the absolute maximum speed because your PCIe4 slot is 2.0 and not 3.0. The difference won't be easily noticeable however.
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Maybe I can put the GPU in pcie4 and the m.2 in pcie2
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Please also suggest me an m.2 card if there is one better than adonnics
post #10 of 10
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Maybe I can put the GPU in pcie4 and the m.2 in pcie2
I'd rather you didn't, your board specs say you should plug your graphics card in PCIe2 when it runs solo. PCIe 2.0 has a throughput of 2GB/s the Samsung 950 Pro, depending on the size, is capable of reaching 2200MB/s-2500MB/s while reading so you will be right about there.
I can't really recommend any other than addonics as my m.2 came boxed with a PCIe adapter of its own. As long as it supports NVMe you'll be good to go smile.gif
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