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  1. Posts : 368
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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    Question about NVMe SSD Adapter Cards


    My computer is a Dell XPS 8700, and the only onboard SSD port is for an mSATA sized SSD; I got a standard 2.5" sized SSD (samsung 860 evo) as my OS drive, and it has been good for my system when I got it and beyond. But I found a somewhat good deal for a 1 TB NVMe SSD (Samsung 970 Evo Plus), and I want to ask a question I hope can be answered

    If I get an adapter card for my computer like this, either from ebay or amazon or whatever other retailer its bought from, and use an NVMe SSD on it, will there be any performance drop at all compared to using it on a motherboard that has an NVMe capable slot on it?

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    Here's what PCIe slots I got, slot 27 is occupied by my video card (AMD RX 570) which also blocks slot 26, and slot 24 is occupied by my sound card (Sound Blaster Recon 3d PCIe). If needed, I can remove the sound card and switch to the onboard sound via the motherboard's sound port and free up slot 24

    But the big question is this: adapter card or not, will my XPS 8700's motherboard be able to run an NVMe SSD, or am I better off getting a new computer to truly take advantage of the speeds an NVMe SSD offers?
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  2. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Those slots are all x1, so they wont get the performance of an x4 that they might otherwise have off the motherboard.
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  3. Posts : 368
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
    Thread Starter
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    so stick with 2.5" laptop sized SSDs until a new computer then....eh, I can buy the NVMe SSD and keep it later on until I get my dad to fund half for computer parts. im done getting pre-config'd ones from dell
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  4. Posts : 5,893
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
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    Where'd you get the paperwork telling you all those lanes were x1?

    Never mind I found it. Those last three slots are x1. The first slot is x16, but that's where your video card is.

    Yeah, you're not going to get much putting an NVMe PCI card there.
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  5. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
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    The XPS 8700 motherboard uses a Z87 chipset. I believe that is not capable of booting from an NVME drive. That would pretty much negate any advantage from sticking in an NVME SSD.

    I suggest not buying an NVME M.2 drive until you're ready to use it. They are usually going down in price, going up in capacity, or both.

    I would have suggested swapping in a new microATX motherboard, but Dell apparently makes their systems just proprietary enough to make that awkward. (Supposedly, the front panel header isn't standard.) You'd also need a new CPU, plus DDR4 RAM. You might as well blow the whole thing away. (You could keep the graphics card.)
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  6. Posts : 5,893
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
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    bobkn said:
    The XPS 8700 motherboard uses a Z87 chipset. I believe that is not capable of booting from an NVME drive. That would pretty much negate any advantage from sticking in an NVME SSD.
    You are correct. I have a Z87 chipset in form of a Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 board and you're not booting from an NVMe drive.
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  7. Posts : 368
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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    If all goes well and my father is willing to front half the cash for my planned setup ill do through pcpartpicker, then the motherboard ill be choosing will be using 2 nvme SSDs (one for the OS and what programs that can't be installed on other hard drives, the other for games/documents/pictures/etc...); ill be keeping the HDD in my system along with the other one for macrium reflect backups just in-case

    it'll be the first time I built a computer, that'll be fun, probably
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  8. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
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    BrokenDaily said:
    If all goes well and my father is willing to front half the cash for my planned setup ill do through pcpartpicker, then the motherboard ill be choosing will be using 2 nvme SSDs (one for the OS and what programs that can't be installed on other hard drives, the other for games/documents/pictures/etc...); ill be keeping the HDD in my system along with the other one for macrium reflect backups just in-case

    it'll be the first time I built a computer, that'll be fun, probably
    I'm not sure that it makes sense to use two NVME M.2 drives. Some motherboard/CPU combinations may not fully support two, because of limited PCI-E lane resources. I suggest a single, largish one (500GB or 1TB). They're not overly expensive.

    If you want bleeding edge, PCI-E 4.0 M.2 drives are now available. You'd need a third generation AMD Ryzen CPU and an X570 motherboard to run them at PCI-E 4.0 speeds, though. (Mainly useful for benchmarks. Some bench around 5000MB/s sequential reads.) The drives are more expensive than the plain old PCI-E 3.0 ones. It may make more sense to get one for the faster 3.0 drives, that use TLC rather than QLC.
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  9. Posts : 5,893
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
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    BrokenDaily said:
    If all goes well and my father is willing to front half the cash for my planned setup ill do through pcpartpicker, then the motherboard ill be choosing will be using 2 nvme SSDs (one for the OS and what programs that can't be installed on other hard drives, ...[snip]
    This is my setup since my board supports 3 NVMe drives. I've got one NVMe drive for the OS and the other drive for photo work. The other slot is empty. System also has 3 SATA SSD drives.

    Anyway if you're planing on running two NVMe drives you need get a motherboard to support it. And yes, depending on motherboard you can run dual NVMe drives just fine without lane issues. As I said, I run dual NVMe drives and the it costs me is loss of my PCIe x4 slot (bottom PCI slot). Since I have no need for it nothing is lost. And all my SATA ports remain available.
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  10. Posts : 5,678
    Windows 7 HP - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
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    I have a M.2 MVMe and a 2.5" SSD.
    Although a M.2 MVMe is much faster than a 2.5" SSD, you will only see the difference on the benchmark test.
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