Originally Posted by hhuey5
your m.2 choice is m.2 PCI-Express 3.0 Interface
not a m.2 SATA Interface
your diagram seems to hint
* SSATA 3 Port so it looks like you have to test which port is killed
* your Samsung M.2 SM951 looks like it would be inserted into a PCIE3 slot card to take advantage of x16 speed
I hope this helps or perhaps you figured this out in a weeks time
Well i choose the Samsung SSD specifically because its PCI Express 3.0 4x, since according to the manual, the motherboard supports m.2 SSDs up to 22110 size and with this pci express 3.0 4x interface for the massive speed it brings. Unfortunatly i havent manage to boot from it, i only use it as secondary drive as in i boot from the m-Sata SSD i have connected to an adapter in the pci express slot of the motherboard.
Size in GB of the SSD should pose no issue, only the length, and as it is, it supports the maximum length.
Another thing to note, is the following fact.
THe motherboard does not post when there is an USB 3.0 hub connected to theUSB 3.0 ports on the motherboards back.
At first i thought it was an issue with my Anker 13 port USB hub
, so i said to my self, ill get me an industrial grade USB 3.0 hub, perhaps the controller in the Anker Hub is somehow incompatible.
Seeing as i have two Coolgear USB 3.0 Hubs connected on the inside of the case
, i said to myself, ill get me one for mounting on the outside, albeit a 12 port one, and this one will get connected to the USB 3.0 ports on the outside.
Granted these two hub are connected to a Silverstone ECU01 PCI express adapter
, but i said to myself, that couldnt be it.
Well, i got me this USB Hub
, and expensive deal that it was, im not dissatisfied, since its probably much more durable, and it has mounting ports on itself.
Needles to say that i learned the PC behaves no differently with this hub. As it is, i have to disconnect the USB cable on the back for the computer to post, and with this hub it was also the case.
OK, what now, perhaps the connected peripherals had something to do with it. Took them all out, and tried to start the PC with the hub connected, but without any peripherals. The same result. I tried with all 6 USB 3.0 slots on the back of the motherboard, the same thing.
So there you have it folks, the PC doesnt get past POST when an USB 3.0 hub is attached on the back through its USB 3.0 connectors.
I must say, i never expected this of ASUS:
Now every time i need to restart PC; i need to take USB cable out. Just great. The only way to fix this would be to connec the HUB to a new USB 3.0 port on a PCI express card. This would probably solve the issue, but i shouldnt have to do this, do i ASUS ?
Regarding the strange benchmarks results, perhaps i can try some of them on my system and see what results i get ?
It seems this Motherboard has a ton of issues. Probably getting a SUperMicro Motherboard instead would fix all the issues. But oh boy, installing it again, my dear god, what i time consuming job that will be. Redoin all the cables, water cooling, etc etc