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    New ROGer Array ASUSBuff PC Specs
    ASUSBuff PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)N550J/K or X550I
    MotherboardMaximus IX Hero
    Graphics Card #1ASUS RTX 2070 Strix
    Sound CardMobo
    Power SupplyOCZ 750W
    Keyboard Corsair K95 Platinum
    Mouse Glaive
    OS Windows 10

    Join Date
    Jun 2020

    Exclamation Motherboard and M.2 question

    I have the ASUS Maximus IX Hero, which has two m.2 slots

    I have one m.2 drive, but its in slot b

    Would moving the m.2 to slot A make any difference *in performance?

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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array
    Join Date
    Dec 2017

    there is a difference in performance unless you modify the BIOS settings.
    Basically the M2_1 will perform at x4 speed (should be the max) while the M2_2 will perform at x2 by default, and changing the configuration in BIOS might mean that you will have to let some SATA ports go.

    Additionally, on my end at least (PRIME Z-370 A), the M2_1 slot is positioned under a passive cooling section (had to take it out for installment and place it back) where it drops its temperature by 10-20 deg. (c) as opposed to the M2_2 slot which is between the processor and the graphics card, without any passive cooling and between 2 components which tend to get real hot.

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