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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Sprayingmango PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)Late 2017 MacBook Pro 15"
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    Best location for M.2 Drives? DIMM.2?

    I have a brand new 2TB 970 Evo coming and currently use a 1TB 960 Evo drive. Should I just install the new M.2 drive in the DIMM.2 card along with my 960? Will I see a performance decrease if I do that, or will both drives run at full speed in the DIMM.2?

    Should I put one drive in the DIMM.2 and one drive under the PCH cooler in the second slot on my Rampage VI Extreme?

    Thanks!

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array G75rog PC Specs
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    MotherboardR VI Apex
    ProcessorI9-7900X
    Memory (part number)64GB Gskill Trident Z
    Graphics Card #1AMD Radeon VII EKWB water block
    Graphics Card #2Waste of PCI lanes in NVME environment
    Sound CardStock
    MonitorLG 34" Ultra Wide3440x1440
    Storage #14ea 960 Pro 2TB, 2ea 970 Evo 2TB
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    CPU CoolerEKWB CPU, Swiftech Res/pump, 400mm Rad
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    Power SupplyNZXT Hale 90 1200W
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    They have their own lanes on the Dimm.2 card and are easier to get to than under the cooler.

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    There would also be trapped heat under the motherboard shroud since it's not a heatsink. I stick to the dimm.2 card for 2 of my nvme drives and a pci-e x4 heatsink card for the third.
    Rampage VI Extreme bios 1503
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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Sprayingmango PC Specs
    Sprayingmango PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)Late 2017 MacBook Pro 15"
    MotherboardRampage VI Extreme X299
    Processori9 7900X
    Memory (part number)G-Skill Trident Z RGB 3600 32GB
    Graphics Card #1EVGA 2080Ti XC Ultra
    Graphics Card #2EVGA 2080Ti XC Ultra
    MonitorTriple Asus PG27UQ G-Sync
    Storage #1Samsung 970 Evo 2TB NVME
    Storage #2Samsung 970 Evo 1TB NVME
    CPU CoolerCorsair H150i Pro RGB
    CaseCorsair 1000D
    Power SupplyCorsair AX1600i
    Keyboard Logitech G910
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    Headset No...just no. Sennheiser HD650s w/ Schitt Stack
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    Great, thanks for the answers!

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    Great info guys. One question, if using the DIMM.2 and installing two M.2 drive on it I can use one as a primary drive and the other as program drive for instance separately? Should see a "C" drive and a "D" drive.....right?

    Thank for your time guys. Just want to confirm.

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array G75rog PC Specs
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    MotherboardR VI Apex
    ProcessorI9-7900X
    Memory (part number)64GB Gskill Trident Z
    Graphics Card #1AMD Radeon VII EKWB water block
    Graphics Card #2Waste of PCI lanes in NVME environment
    Sound CardStock
    MonitorLG 34" Ultra Wide3440x1440
    Storage #14ea 960 Pro 2TB, 2ea 970 Evo 2TB
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    Yes, no problem. I run the R6 Apex with a Hyperx16 card and have a 1TB 960 Pro as OS boot, 1 1TB and 6 2TB as program and data drives. I don't use any Sata drives.

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    I'll be using a Rampage VI Extreme with a Samsung 970 EVO 1TB (Primary Drive) and a 2TB (Storage Drive). Very cool G75rog, I feel so much better now.

    One more question if you guys don't mind. Cooling? Because of it's location one could add heat sinks to those EVO M.2 drive but should you? I've hear that you could harm your drive buy doing so. Need more info from the ROG family.

    TY

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array Abaidor PC Specs
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    I have placed an EK Heatsink on my 960 Pro (DIMM 2) and 99% of the time it does not exceed 44C. But I have great airflow too so it helps. However, since I did not test without the heat sink I do not really no the difference. It's been going strong during the last 4-5 months.

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    The heatsinks won't damage the nvme drive. Just follow the instructions carefully. Also if you are using Samsung drives and the EK heatsink make sure to put the 0.5 mm thermal pad over the controller and the 1 mm over the memory chips for a proper fit. There was a definite temp drop after putting on the EK heatsinks.
    Rampage VI Extreme bios 1503
    Core i9 7980XE @ 4.4ghz all cores
    64 gb Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 3600
    2x RTX 2080 Ti FE NvLink/SLI
    2x Samsung 970 Pro 1tb NVME
    Corsair AX1600i
    Corsair 1000D case
    1x Dell U3818DW 38" Curved Ultrawide and 2x Dell S2716DG 27" 1ms GSYNC 2560x1440 144 hz
    Win 10 Pro x64

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    I have 2x Samsung 960 Pro but Dimm.2 only recognize one of them. I cant figure out what is the problem any idea?

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