I need a little bit of help please, according to the web site for my mother board they banged on about the M.2 slot being able to handle speeds of up to 10Gb/s a second, so I thought, My old SSD is quite old (about 8 years) and I thought I'd splash out and get my self a new SSD, So I bought the EVO PRO 970 500GB as it has some great reviews.
They have some amazing benchmarks on youtube and the like so I thought why not!
Now this is the bit that I didn't take any notice of and that was the interface for my board (or the m2 slot should I say) which is only running at PCIe Gen 2 x 2 so this means that the pro 970 is running way less than it should be.
I'm only getting about 800 MB/s read speeds which is way less than what I should be. (the SSD is running like 6 times slower than what it can be run at)
Sent ASUS an email on it as I think it's a little bit confusing, but they only replied with something that was not even related to my initial query, so sent them an email back.
So just a couple of questions please,
I take it the board (ASUS Z97P) won't run the M2 any faster...? (can't find anything in the bios to change)
Is it possible to use a PCI Express riser card and use the M2 SSD with it to boot into windows giving me the speed and interface that I want?
Is there a possibility that I can buy another board that will take my chip and DDR3 that will use the faster PCIe 3.0 x4 speed ? (Only reason I ask is that my local PC store just dismissed it and said that I'd need a new board, processor, ram etc.)
Any ideas please?
p.s I have the correct drivers installed for the SSD rather than the stock MS one...
The problem is that the SSD is running through the PCH at PCI-E 2.0 @ X2 because that you aren't reaching the advertise speeds.
Yes you can run a PCI-E to M.2 adapter but will be the same because your board doesn't PCI-E switchs the second PCI-E is also running at PCI-E 2.0 @ 2X.
Sadly the only option is changing the platform, but in my opinion you will not see a big benefit with the drive running at full speed, games and application will load at the same speed.
Only in very specific applications you can see a noticeable benefit SATA and NVME drive for the casual / gamer user is the same. Your drive right now is running faster than any SATA drive so is fast enough
ah shucks, thanks for that....I had a feeling that it was a possible board change. I have noticed a real difference in all my apps since running them from the new SSD, just some of the speeds that I see with them running on a rig that handles PCIe 3.0 x4 are insane.
So if I get it running then video rendering and game loading etc. would they then not become even faster?
You need to find a SLI Ready board, that have at least 2x PCI-E 3.0. So you can use a adapter a M.2 to PCI-E adapter. But as i said before in most applications you will not notice any difference.
I had my Intel 600P running in a Z97-A at PCI-E 2.0 X2 and then I move it to my actual setup. All the games and applications loads take almost the same time to load
ok thanks man, what puzzles me with this is if it goes faster will it not load faster......it's just my way of thinking....like what is the bottle neck? so I load cs the way it is....for example and then load it up on the PCIe 3.0 x4 lane....will it not load like instant, maybe faster than the 2 x lane?
Most software don't take advantage of those drives at least for now, if you search some REAL world benchmark you will see that perform very similar to a SATA SSD. There is some applications where NVME drives shines like database. CS:GO is a very old game with small assets it will not load faster with a NVME drive
I'd still like to give it a go I guess, you know what it's like when you get something new for your PC , so I'm hoping I can find a board that will allow me to use the full potential of the EVO....
I think my chip is a 5 series, would you know about that or how to tell? and then I'll try to see if I can find a board that will take the processor and DDR3 that I have.....hopefully anyway...
Thanks again matey
Your chip is 4° Gen "Haswell" and you need a Z97 (LGA1150) board that is SLI Ready. Because those board has at least 2x PCI-Express 3.0 that can run 8x/8x or 16x. So your ssd will run at their full speed with a M.2 to PCI-E adaptor and your video card at x8. Only high end board that as a PLX chip can run 16x/16x or 8x/8x/8x/8x