M.2 NVMe Support

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by OmniDyne, May 28, 2018.

  1. OmniDyne

    OmniDyne Active Member

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    I'm looking to purchase the SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 250GB. I have the Z370P D3 motherboard. This SSD is on the QVL list for this particular motherboard, under the subheading 'M.2 PCIe NVMe'.

    I do see NVMe settings in the BIOS.

    However, I'm confused as to if this motherboard supports booting using the NVMe protocol, as the manual doesn't mention anything about it, and there's an installation notice that reads:

    Due to the limited number of lanes provided by the Chipset, the availability of the SATA connectors may be affected by the type of device installed in the M.2 connectors. The M2P_32G connector shares bandwidth with the SATA3 0 connector.

    1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support)

    I'm worried the motherboard will boot using AHCI instead of NVMe because it mentions sharing bandwidth with a SATA connector.
     
  2. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    Basically its saying if you opt to use an NVme SSD you will sacrifice the use of a corresponding SATA port.. i.e. it will be disabled.

    It's a regular thing, a trade-off if you will.
     
  3. OmniDyne

    OmniDyne Active Member

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    Ah ok thanks, so I will be able to boot from the M.2 using the NVMe protocol? Just want to make sure before I purchase the drive lol.
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, you'll be able to boot from it. I have the z370 gaming 5 and didn't have to do anything in the bios for windows to detect and install to the nvme drive.
     
  5. OmniDyne

    OmniDyne Active Member

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    Awesome, thanks! Can't wait to get it in there. I know it won't be a huge upgrade from my SATA SSD, but my buddy went from a SATA SSD to an EVO NVMe and you can definitely tell the difference. I think he's on a ASRock Z370.
     
  6. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    Windows 7 or 10? I guess to get a m.2 to work in 7 you have to do a little hacking.
     
  7. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    FTFY. M.2 describes the size, not the drive controller interface.

    Also, no it doesn't require hacking. Just needs a driver update loaded into the windows 7 installer because NVME support was introduced a bit later than the SP1 iso.
     
  8. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    I thought 300 series could only run Windows 10..

    Least thats what I thought mine said...
     
  9. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    Officially, the 300 series only supports 10.

    Unofficially, there may be a work around. I'm not exactly sure on that one.
     
  10. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Windows Update = Hacking
     
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  11. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    brb... lemme go upd.. I mean hack my windows 10 to version 1803.
     
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