Question NVME and NUC compatibility?

adrenox

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So, im building a PC for the girlfriend. She wants it to fast and capable of doing very mundane tasks for now with potentially some gaming added later. She also wants it fairly compact so i thought why not get her a mini PC (i always wanted to play with one). I did a bit of digging and found an intel NUC i like the look of, the SSD for it would be a M.2 connection. i just cant get my head around the NVME PCIe x4 ideas, ive heard read alot of conflicting information so my question is. Is the NUC NVME compatible and if so will it perform at optimum speeds? and would i be able to boot from the SSD?

The NUC
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-BOXNUC8I3BEH3-NUC-Mini-PC/dp/B07K2BZHYQ/ref=pd_sbs_147_1/259-2106514-9774910?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07K2BZHYQ&pd_rd_r=a5d6d9f8-e427-4079-a630-683d10226a08&pd_rd_w=m7PSu&pd_rd_wg=UE3Te&pf_rd_p=15756fbb-4ceb-4379-9d2c-7af36daab01e&pf_rd_r=GPDN10TWBSHS9MWNQCBB&psc=1&refRID=GPDN10TWBSHS9MWNQCBB
NUC information page
https://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits/nuc8i3beh.html
Potential SSD
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-SN500-High-Performance-NVMe-Internal/dp/B07P7TFKRH/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=wd+ssd+m.2&qid=1566521178&s=computers&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&sr=1-9

Thanks for any help in advance!
 

adrenox

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Yes, it has a pcie3x4 M2 slot.
But you said Gaming and Nuc and gaming don't mix. They don't have an x16 pcie slot to begin with.
Thanks for confirming i can use it! Im going to assume i can make it the bootable device then.

Apparently you can add an external GPU using the thunderbolt 3 port, i need to do more research on that to confirm it.
 

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