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Will It Fit?

Hello, I consider updating my SSD (500GB on SATA is not enough and not fast enough), but my MOBO doesn't have any M.2 slots. I *think* a ICY BOX PCIe 4.0 x4 could let me install a fast NVMe SSD, but my motherboard only haves a 1x PCIe slot left. I have no idea if it gonna fit in, because one site claims it's PCIe 4.0 x4 and other says its a x1 (also there is my beoved RX 5700 in the slot below).

My motherboard is: ASRock H410M-HDV (-_-) and PCIe extension that I want to use is ICY BOX PCIe 4.0 x4 - M.2 PCIe NVMe.

Links (store where my mobo was bought and i will buy the SSD from + newegg):

Motherboard: https://www.asrock.com/MB/Intel/H410M-HDV/index.pl.asphttps://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157931https://www.x-kom.pl/p/564401-plyta-glowna-socket-1200-asrock-h410m-hdv.html

PCIe Controller/Adapter: https://icybox.de/product.php?id=463https://www.x-kom.pl/p/662185-kontroler-icy-box-pcie-40-x4-m2-pcie-nvme-do-64-gbit-s.html

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You are correct, that is a 1x slot, and it's limited to PCIe 3.0 at that. At that speed, it could technically be marginally faster than SATA 3, but you'll mostly be throwing your money at a bad solution. If you want faster storage, you may very well need a platform upgrade.

 

Edit: As to physically fitting, the slot looks to have a closed end, so no, it would not fit without modification.

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What are you doing that a SATA SSD is not fast enough for?  

 

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11 minutes ago, tkitch said:

What are you doing that a SATA SSD is not fast enough for?  

 

I think a NVMe SSD, even PCIe 3.0 one, would be a lot more efficent in loading files or games, also I do amateurish video editing which involves a lot of heavy files

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31 minutes ago, Sasanek said:

I think a NVMe SSD, even PCIe 3.0 one, would be a lot more efficent in loading files or games, also I do amateurish video editing which involves a lot of heavy files

Not if limited to a single PCIe 3.0 lane. The theoretical maximum speed would be 8Gb/s, whereas SATA3 is 6Gb/s. Hardly an increase you'll notice.

 

I suppose all of that is a moot point since SATA drives typically cap around 500Mb/s anyway. You'd still need to cut the end of your 1x slot to make it fit. If you wanna try it, that's what it will take.

 

Be wary though, there's also a strong possibility that a board that old won't be able to boot off an NVME device.

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37 minutes ago, Sasanek said:

I think a NVMe SSD, even PCIe 3.0 one, would be a lot more efficent in loading files or games, also I do amateurish video editing which involves a lot of heavy files

Not really, for a couple reasons:

 

1) Most changes aren't something people will notice in daily driving,  SSDs are fast AF.  LTT Even did a video of blind testing with SATA SSDs vs Gen3 and Gen 4, most people picked the SATA SSD as the fastest.

 

2) Your CPU is old, so you're gonna run into a processing bottleneck when trying to move data that fast.

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