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    Maximus VIII Extreme with 2 750 Series SSDs

    I am probably going to use 2 750 series from Intel (1.2TB each), along with a dual SLI configuration (not sure on the graphics cards yet). After reading the manual (link below), in order to have a working SLI configuration you need to use the 1st PCIE_X16/X8_1 slot and the 3rd PCIE_X8/X4_3 slot, resulting your SLI running at x8 [page 1-22 and 1-23 from the manual]. I would also like to mention that I will be water-cooling my build. I want to believe that there will be enough space for a possible SSD to be placed in between the Graphics cards on the 2nd PCIe 3.0 x4_2 slot.

    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MA...lpDesk_Manual/

    Something that I was not able to find in the manual, is how will I be able to get the maximum performance from the SSDs (given there is no software limitation). I know that the first 3 slots go through the CPU, and the 4th slot goes through PCH, and to be completely honest with you I do not know what does this mean. It is also mentioned that the 4th slot initially runs at x2, where if you change that to x4 you disable your SATA6G (which I will not be using, thus i do not mind) "SATA6G_56 will be disabled when [X4 Mode] is selected." [page 3-32 from the manual].

    Both the 2nd and 4th slots are capable of running at x4 - PCIe 3.0 x4_2 slot and PCIe 3.0 x4_4 slot respectively

    As I mention in the title of the post I will be buying 2 750 series 1.2TB drives. My question to you is "Should I get them both in PCIe type and place them in slot 2 and 4, or should I get one in PCIe and one in the 2.5in model using the U.2 port, and if so, in which lane should I place the PCIe SSD in order to prevent interference with the U.2 lanes?

    There is a "U.2/M.2/SATAEXPRESS1 configuration" in page 1-23 of the manual, but I am not sure I understand it. (if that helps in any way in my case)

    Something that just came to my attention - I will also be using a 6700K i7 CPU which only has 16 PCIe lanes available (link below, find the information under Expansion Options). Does this mean that in case I have a dual SLI configuration (thus using 2x8 PCIe lanes) will I not be able to the 2nd slot, but only use the 4th slot which goes through the PCH. And if so will the SSD on the 4th PCIe slot and the 2.5inc SSD in the U.2 port conflict for bandwidth?

    http://ark.intel.com/products/88195/...up-to-4_20-GHz

    I know this is a long post, and I apologize if I do not make sense at times. Thank you for the time you took to answer. I appreciate any answers and suggestions.

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    check out this link

    [url]https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?74066-Z170-ROG-Max-VIII-Hero-Memory-and-Intel-SSD-750-questions[

    and this one intel forums

    https://communities.intel.com/thread/86838

    from pcper

    http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Intel-Skylake-Z170-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Tested-PCIe-and-SATA-RAID
    Last edited by 01 Wolverine; 10-11-2015 at 05:05 PM.

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    Solution - Possible water Cooling option?

    Quote Originally Posted by 01 Wolverine View Post
    check out this link

    [url]https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?74066-Z170-ROG-Max-VIII-Hero-Memory-and-Intel-SSD-750-questions[

    and this one intel forums

    https://communities.intel.com/thread/86838

    from pcper

    http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Intel-Skylake-Z170-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Tested-PCIe-and-SATA-RAID
    Thank you very much for your input.

    To be honest I answered my question before your post. I did some reserch of my own. After figuring out that the CPU that I am going to use (6700K) only has 16 PCIe lanes, which will be used of the SLI configuration. Therefore I will be using the last slot, which goes through the Chipset. Given the Z170 Chipset has 20 (theoretical) PCIe express lanes combined with the 3.0 DMI, I want to believe that the 8 lanes (4 lanes for each SSD) can accommodated by the chipset.

    To summarize, I will be using the 1st and 3rd slot for the SLI Configuration. I will be using the 4th slot for the SSD card, and then the U.2 Connector with the 2.5in drive.

    I know that the card does not really need any significant cooling, but is there any option (although it can be argued it is a waste of money) to add a water block, in order to include it in my water-cooling build?

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    If you're not in a hurry, I can find out for you. Mine's will be arriving soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chino View Post
    If you're not in a hurry, I can find out for you. Mine's will be arriving soon.
    Where did you get it from? USA? I have been waiting for it to appear in Europe, with no luck...

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    Newegg in usa has them for $500 usd

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