View Full Version : Z270i & M.2 sockets : which is the best for performance?

03-22-2017, 09:33 PM
I have a Samsung 960 evo NVMe SSD and I wonder where I must install it for best performance.
User manual says that the main M.2 socket is connected to SATA while the bottom socket to PCIE. It looks strange as the front socket is better cooled with "double decker" heatsink.

03-22-2017, 10:01 PM
I would install it in the front M.2 slot.

03-22-2017, 11:46 PM
The front M.2 slot has SATA and NVMe, the back slot is NVMe only. I would put it in the front. Like you said it is better cooled and not accessible anymore after you mount a big cpu cooler.

03-23-2017, 06:59 PM
I have mine plugged into the top one - M2_1. No issues so far and I'm on week 2 of using it.