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  1. #1
    New ROGer Array
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    Apr 2020

    Looking for advice on M2 SSD

    Hi all,

    New guy here, and making my second post. I have a somewhat outdated motherboard (Asus Maximus VIII Gene), but its still working great, and I'd like to add an M2 SSD to it. All the recommendations out there for this motherboard are from a few years ago, and there's probably better ones out there now, so I'd like to know if any of you have suggestions on what the best M2 option would be. Any advice would be much appreciated!

    But here's the required rundown of what I have and what I'm looking for...

    Budget: <$200
    Main uses of intended build: Sim Racing
    Parts required: M2 SSD that will work in my Maximus VIII Gene MB
    Previous build information (list details of parts):
    Thermaltake Core V21 case
    Asus Maximus VIII Gene motherboard
    Intel i5 6600 (overclocked 31%)
    Corsair H100 V2 water Cooler
    16GB ram (G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 3200)
    Asus RTX2080 video card
    Corsair LE SSD 240GB
    Windows 10 64bit Home edition
    Triple Asus monitors
    Samsung Odessey+ VR headset
    Monitor resolution:5760x1080
    Storage requirements: At least 500GB
    Will you be overclocking: yes
    Any motherboard requirements: N/A
    Extra information about desired system: Want reliable, easy to set up M2 SSD

    Thank in advance!

  2. #2
    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array raju2529 PC Specs
    raju2529 PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)R542UQ-DM153 ( X542UQ.309SA )
    MotherboardAsus Builtin Motherboard X542UQ
    ProcessorIntel core i5 7200u @2.5Ghz
    Memory (part number)Adata 2400 Mhz 16GB DDR4
    Graphics Card #1intel HD 620 graphics 1GB DDR3 DCH WHQL driver v.30.100.9667
    Graphics Card #2Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB GDDR5 DCH WHQL driver v30.0.14.7076
    Graphics Card #3nil
    Graphics Card #4nil
    Sound CardRealtek HD Audio controller with codec ALC294 WHQL driver v6.0.9151.1
    MonitorBuiltin Lcd monitor model BOE
    Storage #1Samsung 850 Evo 1000GB SSD M.2. 2280
    Storage #2Seagate 2TB 2.5inch 5400rpm and Seagate 2TB 2.5inch 5400rpm2.5 inch
    CPU CoolerBuilt-in
    CaseFrom factory
    Power Supply65W
    Keyboard Built in keyboard
    Mouse Built in mouse
    Headset Purchased Philips HeadSet
    Mouse Pad nil
    Headset/Speakers Realtek Builtin Speakers
    OS Windows 10 Enterprise 64bit v21H1 build no 19043.1055
    Network RouterNextVision ONU Fiber Modem
    Accessory #1 G40 Wired Gaming Mouse
    Accessory #2 Laptop Cooling table with fan
    Accessory #3 Secureye Usb finger print scanner added seperately for Windows Hello
    raju2529's Avatar
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    Feb 2018

    Two types of M.2.
    1. M.2 SSD sata. Size may be variant
    2. M.2 SSD NVMe pcle . Size may be variant..

    Check the motherboard technical specifications page, to get correct m.2 slot and size

  3. #3
    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array lightknightrr PC Specs
    lightknightrr PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Crosshair VI Hero WiFi
    ProcessorAMD Ryzen-7 1800X
    Memory (part number)F4-3200C14D-32GTZ
    Graphics Card #1Radeon Vega Frontier Edition
    Sound CardHT Omega eClaro
    MonitorSamsung 4K
    Storage #1Samsung NVMe SSD 960 PRO 1TB
    Storage #2Crucial MX200 1TB SSD
    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i
    CaseThermaltake Chaser Mk-1 (Modified)
    Power SupplyThermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 1500W Titanium
    Keyboard Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM
    Mouse Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB
    Mouse Pad Corsair Gaming MM600 Dual Sided Aluminum Gaming Mouse Pad
    OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OEM
    Network RouterCisco ASA 5516-X
    Accessory #1 Firewire Expansion Card
    Accessory #2 Black Magic Intensity Pro 4K
    Accessory #3 Mailiya USB 3.0 5-Port Expansion Card
    lightknightrr's Avatar
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    Jan 2017

    Find a way to send me your address, and I'll send you the 1TB Intel NVME I just ripped out of my laptop (I upgraded to a 4TB Sabrent Rocket).

  4. #4
    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array ThrashZone PC Specs
    ThrashZone PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS z490 maximus XII Apex 2nd x299 Rampage VI Apex
    Processori9-10900k & i9-9940x
    Memory (part number)Trident-Z 3600c16 2nd Trident-Z 3600C16 both Samsung B-Dies
    Graphics Card #1EVGA 1080ti FTW3 water block 2nd Titan Xp copper water block
    MonitorAOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz & ASUS VG248QE 24" 144Hz
    Storage #12-Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500gb M.2 & 2.5" ssd's 850 pro's for os 850 evo for games
    Storage #22-LG Blu-Ray WH16NS40
    CPU Cooler2-240GTX with Heatkiller-4-Pro/ vrm water block Both&x299 2-280GTX 2-D5's before and after rads
    Case2- Corsair 450D with second floors for 240GTX & 280GTX rads enclosed and filtered on top
    Power SupplyEVGA 1000P2 2nd EVGA 1200P2
    Keyboard Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum 2nd Logitech G710+
    Mouse 2-Red dragon Perdition
    OS Win-7 & win-10 pro on both systems Win-7 everyday os
    Accessory #1 Optimus Foundation copper plexi 2nd Optimus SigV2
    Accessory #2 ModmyMods clear coolant
    Accessory #3 ModMyMods 3/8-5/8" clear soft tubing/ MORA 360 Pro x2
    ThrashZone's Avatar
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    Oct 2017

    Intel® Z170 chipset :
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*2
    2 x SATA Express port, , Compatible with 4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports*3
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*4
    Any M-key
    2242/2260/2280/22110 all these number refer to length where 2280 is most common that I use.

    Best I've run into is samsung they seem to always hit or exceed read/ write spec's
    Only bad thing is they get warm but all m.2 do that so add more to the budget for a heat sink for it 1tb

    500gb usually good prices anywhere but do shop around gougers are always an issue
    Check samsung website too.

    Even gigabyte aorus have nice m.2 pretty fast too come with a heat sink aready 1tb a little out of your price range though at 250.00 for 500gb

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