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    How many NVME drives will a XI Hero support?

    Obviously we can run 2 NVME drives in M.2-1 and M.2-2 slots on the mobo. But what about in an expansion card. I currently have an add in card with a slot of one NVME and one for a M.2 Sata drive. I have 1 NVME in that slot. Can I source a new add in card that would hold 2 NVME drives and put it in a PCIe slot in place of the one I am using now.

    That would give me 4 NVME drives. (A proper question also might be why in the world does somebody need 6 TB of NVME, but what the heck, if you can do it why not). Will the available PCIe channels support the additional 2 NVME drives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkincy View Post
    Can I source a new add in card that would hold 2 NVME drives and put it in a PCIe slot in place of the one I am using now.
    That's exactly the purpose of the ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 card, although on Z390 it's limited to 2-3 NVMe drives depending on which slot you use:
    https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1037507/

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    Excellent link. Thank you. I had to order one used as nobody has it in stock or new. But hopefully it will be in working order.

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    The "used" card from Amazon turned out to be open box and apparently unused. I have tried several add in cards without success but this Asus Hypercard worked perfectly well. I am using a 1070 Ti in PCIe slot 1 and put the Hypercard in slot 2 so am limited to 2 NVME drives. Both are fast and easily recognized.

    Thank you for your help

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    the asus, for example codexi, support 1 even that have 2 slot. cause have spot for 1 2280 model. The hero xi support 2. there is limitation that i can not test. in you case 2 on the board and 2 on the hyper card. you have to check if you add the hyper card, on the pcie 3, the gpu drops to 8x. that i will own that info
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