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[SOLVED] fitting bootable SSD on PCI to ASUS M5A88-V EVO motherboard

EmmaDobozi

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I would like to add a SSD for the boot partition to my older motherboard, to improve speed.
I use Win7 64, but I wish to upgrade to Win10.
My ASUS M5A88-V does not have an M.2 interface.
I am wondering if a PCIe adapter would work : SSD should be the boot partiton.

The BIOS version is 1701 (AMI) ; it seems that this has not UEFI (but I know only very few things -- I made some search, but do not fully understand the implications).
Chipset on ASUS M5A88-V is : AMD 880G/SB850

Please kindly help me !
Emma
 
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Highly unlikely.
Unless there is a specific BIOS update that adds this functionality, it will NOT work.

And there does not appear to be:

Just put in a SATA III SSD, 2.5" format. That WILL work, and on a board that old, you'll not see any actual performance difference vs an NVMe drive.
 

USAFRet

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Highly unlikely.
Unless there is a specific BIOS update that adds this functionality, it will NOT work.

And there does not appear to be:

Just put in a SATA III SSD, 2.5" format. That WILL work, and on a board that old, you'll not see any actual performance difference vs an NVMe drive.
 

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I already made an inquiry with ASUS, but their support gave me a non-answer.
They told : if the MB will recognize the adapter well, it might work !!

Shall I specifically ask about UEFI support (whatever this might be) ?

I am attracted to the M.2 because speed figures look like more than 5 times better than on SATA 3.
 
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