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    eera5607 PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Maximus IX Code
    ProcessorIntel i7 7700k
    Memory (part number)Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB
    Storage #1Samsung 960 EVO m.2
    Power SupplyEVGA 850 GQ, 80+ GOLD
    OS Linux Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64 bit

    Join Date
    Jul 2017

    Maximus IX Code and multiple SATA and PCIE SSDs and HDDs

    Hello everyone! I want to make sure that I'm getting this right and then ask 2 questions.

    I have a Maximus Code IX and 2 M.2 SSDs:
    • Samsung 960 EVO M.2 PCIE 2280
    • Crucial MX500 M.2 SATA 2280.

    I have 4 other SATA 2.5" SSDs. The only socket I can use to connect the Crucial MX500 is M.2_1 because is the only one that supports SATA. Obviously I have to use SATA mode for that socket and if I do that I lose SATA port 1. The other socket left only supports M.2 PCIE devices so I can't connect the crucial there so have to connect the 960 EVO on M.2_2. If I want full performance for that SSD I have to choose X4 mode on BIOS for that socket. If I do that, I lose SATA ports 5, 6. That left me with just 3 SATA ports and I need 4. Is that correct?

    Now I have 2 other questions. Am I going to have the same performance for a PCIE M.2 SSD on both M.2_1 (x4 mode) and M.2_2(x4 mode)? For example, is the 960 EVO going to have the same performance no matter the socket I connect it?

    Second question. If I have only 3 SATA ports, can I use a SATA - USB 3.0 Adapter to connect one SSD to the motherboard without losing performance (probably a Kingston A400 that is a low end SSD)?

    Thanks in advance for all the help.

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