Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    ROG Member Array Nos Defions's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    23

    mPCIe Combo II (M6E) & M.2 (NGFF) SSD Card Compatibility ?

    Motherboard: Maximus VI Extreme (BIOS v.1402) w/ mPCIe Combo II

    What is the specific size (length) & compatibility information (Make/Model) of M.2 (NGFF) SSD cards that will fit into the mPCIe Combo II Card Slot ?

    It appears it will need to be a short M.2 module due to the motherboard supplemental power plug & CPU power plugs at the top of the board & the top L-shaped heatsink array.

    It also appears the mPCIe Combo II will have to be removed from the motherboard to install the M.2 SSD ?

    The product website & manuals do not give clear info/specifications on these specific questions.

    Thanks

    Other System Info:
    CPU: Intel i7-4770k
    Memory: G.Skill Trident-X, 2400 x 32GB
    SSD: Samsung 840 Pro, 512GB
    HHD: WD Black, 4TB
    Video: EVGA 780 Ti Dual Classified ACX
    Case: Cooler Master HAF-X
    CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L, AIO/CLC
    PSU: XFX Pro 1000W
    Accessories:
    ASUS ROG Front Base, ThunderboltEX II, & NFC Express
    NZXT HUE, USB Expander Boards, Grid Fan Hub

  2. #2
    untouched Array Praz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Reputation
    137
    Posts
    4,038

    Quote Originally Posted by Nos Defions View Post
    Motherboard: Maximus VI Extreme (BIOS v.1402) w/ mPCIe Combo II

    What is the specific size (length) & compatibility information (Make/Model) of M.2 (NGFF) SSD cards that will fit into the mPCIe Combo II Card Slot ?

    It appears it will need to be a short M.2 module due to the motherboard supplemental power plug & CPU power plugs at the top of the board & the top L-shaped heatsink array.

    It also appears the mPCIe Combo II will have to be removed from the motherboard to install the M.2 SSD ?

    The product website & manuals do not give clear info/specifications on these specific questions.

    Thanks

    Other System Info:
    CPU: Intel i7-4770k
    Memory: G.Skill Trident-X, 2400 x 32GB
    SSD: Samsung 840 Pro, 512GB
    HHD: WD Black, 4TB
    Video: EVGA 780 Ti Dual Classified ACX
    Case: Cooler Master HAF-X
    CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Nepton 280L, AIO/CLC
    PSU: XFX Pro 1000W
    Accessories:
    ASUS ROG Front Base, ThunderboltEX II, & NFC Express
    NZXT HUE, USB Expander Boards, Grid Fan Hub
    Hello

    All asked info can be found in the motherboard manual. Page 2-11.

  3. #3
    ROG Member Array Nos Defions's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Reputation
    10
    Posts
    23

    PRAZ,

    Thanks for the info. I overlooked that page.

    Upon review, I'll have to completely remove the motherboard to get to the mPCIe Combo II module as it is screwed in from the back of the mobo (per instructions/manual).

    If I had it to do over, I would not use that rear motherboard screw mount.

    Is there any reason the mPCIe Combo II cannot be screwed to the mobo from the frontside ?

    Has anyone actually used this feature yet, and if so, what Make/Model of M.2 SSD cards were found to work (or not) ?
    Last edited by Nos Defions; 04-29-2014 at 02:16 AM.

  4. #4
    Helium Chilled Array _ PC Specs
    _ PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)G46VW
    MotherboardRampage IV Gene
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-3930K
    Memory (part number)Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (CMD32GX3M4A2133C9)
    Graphics Card #1ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti
    Sound CardROG SupremeFX III
    MonitorASUS VG248QE with GSync mod
    Storage #1Plextor PX-M2 SSD 120GB
    Storage #2G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD
    CPU CoolerCooler Master Seidon 240M
    CaseCooler Master HAF-X
    Power SupplySeasonic X-750
    Keyboard Corsair K90
    Mouse ROG Gladius
    Headset ROG Orion
    OS Windows 8.1 Update 1
    Network RouterASUS RT-AC66U
    _'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Reputation
    119
    Posts
    5,750

    It must be at most 2042 length and PCI-Express, not SATA. You can buy a PCIe 2x card and it will work at the mPCIe Combo II 1x speeds, then when/if you upgrade to Z97 you can pop it in for a performance boost to 10Gbps.

  5. #5
    Nick Array IM2L844's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Reputation
    96
    Posts
    293

    upgrade to Z97 you can pop it in for a performance boost to 10Gbps.
    This area of development is one of the most interesting, to me. The mobile market is driving all sorts of new R&D in the memory and storage arenas that I think will bode well for PC enthusiasts in the near future. Care to speculate on how the PC enthusiasts will benefit from ASUS's R&D over the course of the next couple of generations of consumer PC boards etc., et al.? We won't hold you to any of it.

    BTW, having read some Richard Swinburne, the Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, it's a little disconcerting, in a cognitively dissonant sort of way whenever I see one of your posts. I just can't reconcile the two mental images I get.

  6. #6
    Helium Chilled Array _ PC Specs
    _ PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)G46VW
    MotherboardRampage IV Gene
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-3930K
    Memory (part number)Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (CMD32GX3M4A2133C9)
    Graphics Card #1ROG Matrix GTX 780 Ti
    Sound CardROG SupremeFX III
    MonitorASUS VG248QE with GSync mod
    Storage #1Plextor PX-M2 SSD 120GB
    Storage #2G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD
    CPU CoolerCooler Master Seidon 240M
    CaseCooler Master HAF-X
    Power SupplySeasonic X-750
    Keyboard Corsair K90
    Mouse ROG Gladius
    Headset ROG Orion
    OS Windows 8.1 Update 1
    Network RouterASUS RT-AC66U
    _'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Reputation
    119
    Posts
    5,750

    I am not an old man. He steals my online thunder.
    We're probably the only two Swinburne families in the UK. There's more in Australia: there's a whole university in Aus!

  7. #7
    Nick Array IM2L844's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Reputation
    96
    Posts
    293

    He steals my online thunder.
    You could steal it back by spilling some beans, you tight lipped #*%@^&! (<- insert choice term of endearment). Oh come on, we know ASUS is planning something really, really, really cool for ROG in anticipation of PCIe 4.0 implementation of M.2 SSDs with NVMe controllers in the future. You could become famous (and possibly unemployed) overnight, but if you were to let slip an inscrutable riddle every now and then...hey, that's marketing! They'd probably give you a raise. No?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •