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    Maximus XI Hero Wifi - Which slot for M.2 and PCI Lanes

    Hi - I'm new to the forum

    I'm just about to build a new rig based around :

    Maximus XI Hero Wifi
    i9 9900k
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    My main boot drive is going to be a 2tb Seagate Firecuda 510 M.2 NVME.

    I was wondering which of the M.2 slots it should go in please (and what it should be set to in BIOS) - Also, will this affect any of the PCIe lanes for the GPU ?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Hi,

    If you plan to use only one NVMe SSD, plug it in the M.2_2 slot rather than in the M.2_1 slot so that it will not be exposed to heat from the GPU, CPU, RAM.

    You have nothing to set on the BIOS, your graphics card will be @ x16 and your NVMe SSD will be @ x4.

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    Thank you so much for the info.

    At the moment it will be the only M.2 drive.

    I will be plugging a 1tb Samsung EVO SSD and a 3Tb WD Black Spinner into the regular SATA ports.

    I'm guessing that won't make any difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowyUK View Post
    I will be plugging a 1tb Samsung EVO SSD and a 3Tb WD Black Spinner into the regular SATA ports.

    I'm guessing that won't make any difference?
    No difference, all your SATA ports will be available.

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    Thanks again for all the replies.

    On the motherboard, there is a rubber cube - Do I remove that or does the M.2 card sit on it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowyUK View Post
    Thanks again for all the replies.

    On the motherboard, there is a rubber cube - Do I remove that or does the M.2 card sit on it ?
    It's a thermal pad for the SSD, you just have to remove the protective with REMOVE written on it :


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    No not on the heatsink, on the actual board itself - It's glued to the board (albeit at a wonky angle on mine) as in the this photo : https://www.screencast.com/t/kkA2jKCN

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowyUK View Post
    No not on the heatsink, on the actual board itself - It's glued to the board (albeit at a wonky angle on mine) as in the this photo : https://www.screencast.com/t/kkA2jKCN
    Yes, it is support for SSD (it will sit on it).

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