Samsung 970 PRO 512GB on a Z390 AORUS MASTER

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hey guys!

I have 3 m.2 slots available. Which m.2 slot should I install a Samsung 970 PRO 512GB on a Z390 AORUS MASTER motherboard??
is there even a difference?

It's been awhile since I put a computer together. I am not up to date.

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Tanyac

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Yes there is a difference. M2.3 is usually linked to the CPU so you will take away 4 lanes from there.
The first two are usually connected to the chip set and do not affect your PCIe lanes.
Mainstream Intel CPUs only have a pathetic 16 lanes. Use 4 of those for an M.2 drive and there goes any hope of running your graphics at x16
Additionally each M.2 connector on many motherboards are shared with your SATA ports, reducing the number of SATA drives you can connect.
Gigabyte have never been about transparency (They don't provide motherboard block diagrams), so it's sometime hard to tell, but as a general rule of thumb M2_3 will come from the CPU

 

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Just utilize one of the M.2 ports that steals lanes/sacrifices two SATA ports (standard for years) from SATA....


There is no free lunch, however, utilize all 3 ports, and for sure your robbing Peter to pay Paul somewhere...

Even including 3 M.2 ports on some boards is pure marketing fluff and misleading....

 

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Have a read of page 34 of the manual. It might clarify things for you.

 

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Thx Elder. I have. I installed my SSD into the M2P slot. As soon as I receive the CPU, I will fire it up and see how good it will run.
 

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