Question NVMe Support (MSI B660M-A)

Mar 2, 2022
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Hello everyone,

I have recently bought a new Motherboard (MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4) and have bought with it a SSD from Aliexpress that turns out to be faulty since it glitches and freezes my PC when it's under heavy load.

And now what I would like to do now is to buy a real SSD (good brand) even at low storage (250gb-500gb) but I am frankly confused on what M.2 storage device that my motherboard supports, I have read the manual and it states

  • 2x M.2 slots (Key M)
    • M2_1 slot (From CPU)
      • Supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4
      • Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices
    • M2_2 slot (From B660 chipset)
      • Supports up to PCIe 4.0 x4
      • Supports up to SATA 6Gb/s
      • Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices
      • Supports Intel® Optane™ Memory
  • Support Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors
I have also looked online, and I think that I understand the difference between the Keys, M.2 Sata & M.2 NVMe and I know now that my MB supports (M key) and M.2 Storage device, but it doesn't expressly states which M.2 it supports NVMe or Sata, from the (M key) I would say that it supports NVMe but I just want someone who is more knowledgeable to guide me though this please.

Should I buy a NVMe M.2 or stick to a Sata M.2 ?

(I also didn't dare dismtanle the PC as I just mounted it (lost self-confidence since I previously clumsily burned a previous MB)

Thank you for your help,
 

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I have recently bought a new Motherboard (MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4) and have bought with it a SSD from Aliexpress that turns out to be faulty since it glitches and freezes my PC when it's under heavy load.

And you know it is the SSD how?
M.2 is just a form factor SATA and NVME are 2 different types the SATA is slower that the NVME but your average user will never notice a difference.

The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is a good choice.

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#t=0&c0=di_m2.bm,di_m2.m&D=1

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/TwWfrH/samsung-970-evo-plus-500-gb-m2-2280-nvme-solid-state-drive-mz-v7s500bam
 
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Mar 2, 2022
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I have recently bought a new Motherboard (MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4) and have bought with it a SSD from Aliexpress that turns out to be faulty since it glitches and freezes my PC when it's under heavy load.

And you know it is the SSD how?
M.2 is just a form factor SATA and NVME are 2 different types the SATA is slower that the NVME but your average user will never notice a difference.

The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is a good choice.

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#t=0&c0=di_m2.bm,di_m2.m&D=1

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/TwWfrH/samsung-970-evo-plus-500-gb-m2-2280-nvme-solid-state-drive-mz-v7s500bam
I know that it is an SSD because I connected it to with my SATA Data & Power cables (not the M.2)

970? Meaning the MB I have supports NVMe? right? Thank you ^^
 

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