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How do i know If my motherboard's M.2 slot supports Nvme?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I know most of the motherboards with M.2 slots have Nvme support. But there are some out there with Sata only. I'm using an Msi Z370 Pc pro motherboard. 

I'm planning to purchase a 500gb ssd. It would be great if you suggested me some. 

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7 minutes ago, Armaan199 said:

I know most of the motherboards with M.2 slots have Nvme support. But there are some out there with Sata only. I'm using an Msi Z370 Pc pro motherboard. 

The motherboard product page often mentions it and the motherboard manual always mentions it.

NVME support is denoted by it mentioning 'M.2 PCIE' support.

Your motherboard supports M.2 SSD's at PCIE 3.0 x4 speeds on both M.2 slots:

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7 minutes ago, Armaan199 said:

I'm planning to purchase a 500gb ssd. It would be great if you suggested me some. 

Kingston A2000, HP EX950, Sabrent Rocket (not the Q variant).


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14 minutes ago, Armaan199 said:

I know most of the motherboards with M.2 slots have Nvme support. But there are some out there with Sata only. I'm using an Msi Z370 Pc pro motherboard. 

I'm planning to purchase a 500gb ssd. It would be great if you suggested me some. 

All MB's and Laptops with M2 slots are PCIe unless keyed not to.

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Note the two notches on the SATA M2. Low-end laptops and desktops might be keyed B+M this way so PCIe 4x SSD's can not be inserted. All SATA M2's can be inserted into M keyed NVMe M2 slots unless they're keyed for USB (eg WiFi cards.) B-keyed drives are PCIe 2x or SATA . A-keyed and E-keyed drives are PCIe 1x or USB, and M keyed are PCIe 4x or SATA.

 

You are unlikely to run into SSD's on the 1x configuration, as the 1x configuration is typically for WiFi, and the USB pins on them are for the 4G modems or Bluetooth.

 

Some motherboards that have feature connections for WiFi might have the PCIe 1x  A/E keyed slot, so don't use that one for a SSD.

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12 minutes ago, minibois said:

The motherboard product page often mentions it and the motherboard manual always mentions it.

NVME support is denoted by it mentioning 'M.2 PCIE' support.

Your motherboard supports M.2 SSD's at PCIE 3.0 x4 speeds on both M.2 slots:

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Kingston A2000, HP EX950, Sabrent Rocket (not the Q variant).

ThankYou for your help. Can you also help me with other desktop upgrades I should make. I've posted another question with the details. 

Thanks anyway. 

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4 minutes ago, Kisai said:

All MB's and Laptops with M2 slots are PCIe unless keyed not to.

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Note the two notches on the SATA M2. Low-end laptops and desktops might be keyed B+M this way so PCIe 4x SSD's can not be inserted. All SATA M2's can be inserted into M keyed NVMe M2 slots unless they're keyed for USB (eg WiFi cards.) B-keyed drives are PCIe 2x or SATA . A-keyed and E-keyed drives are PCIe 1x or USB, and M keyed are PCIe 4x or SATA.

 

You are unlikely to run into SSD's on the 1x configuration, as the 1x configuration is typically for WiFi, and the USB pins on them are for the 4G modems or Bluetooth.

ThankYou for your help. Can you also help me with other desktop upgrades I should make. I've posted another question with the details. 

 

Thanks anyway. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, TheDailyProcrastinator said:

ThankYou for your help. Can you also help me with other desktop upgrades I should make. I've posted another question with the details. 

Thanks anyway. 

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2 minutes ago, Armaan199 said:

ThankYou for your help. Can you also help me with other desktop upgrades I should make. I've posted another question with the details. 

 

Thanks anyway. 

The Sabrent drive is probably the currently best one to get, but you should decide on what drive to buy based on your needs. 500GB drives are barely enough for gaming systems.

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