Samsung 960 EVO 250GB SSD M.2 PCIe NVMe on MSI Z97 Gaming 3

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I recently purchased a Samsung 960 EVO 250GB but am unsure of a few things regarding the compatibility of my mother board.

1. I know that the Z976 series only supports NVMe SSDs through PCIe 2.0 x2 limiting speeds to 1.0GBp/s whilst the EVO 960 can run speeds of 4.0GBp/s through PCIe 3.0 x4. Does this mean that my motherboard will bottleneck the actual speeds of the M.2 SSD to what it can only do (1.0GBp/s)?

2. In regards to the question above also, would I be able to use this as my boot drive if I have enabled my BIOS to UEFI mode? I only recently just converted my Legacy Boot SSD to UEFI through mbr2gpt :p :p

3. If I can use it as a boot drive, would using the Samsung Migration program to clone my current OS on my Samsung EVO 840 SSD to the Samsung EVO 960 M.2 SSD work? Or would using third-party cloning software work better such as EaseUS?

4. If the cloning is successful, what do I have to do after to make the M.2 SSD the priority boot drive so I can format my old SSD that originally had the OS on it? Like unplug the SSD then boot first then plug it back it once its booted and reformat??

Specifications are as below:

Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 3
CPU: i7 4790K
RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 1866MHz 16GB (2x8GB)
GPU: MSI GTX 980Ti GAMING 6GB
SDD: 2 x Samsung Evo 840 250GB (1 x OS 1 X Gaming Storage)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 3TB
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 

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Yes though you need to install samsungs nvme driver onto the 840evo before you clone
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Thats always a best practice to remove the old drive. Why confuse the motherbd with two supposedly identical drives. Change the boot order in the bios. I do this in step 1 and use the f-key option to select boot drive at POST to boot the old drive. Not all bios's allow this if they don't see an os though.
 
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