Question SSD compatibility with motherboard issue

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Hello, I'm looking for help regarding a compatibility issue. My current motherboard is: https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77 Pro3/
I would like to know if this ssd that im considering buying is compatible with my motherboard. SSD: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-ssd-660p-qlc-nvme,5719.html


Now i made the observation that my motherboard supports these types of PCLE:
  • 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIE2: x16 mode)
  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE3: x4 mode)
  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
  • 2 x PCI slots
However the ssd which im considering is classified as a:
PCI Express 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3

Is this SSD compatible with my motherboard?
 

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Not directly compatible, no.

For that drive, you'd need an M.2 port on the motherboard.
Yours has none.

Otherwise, you'd have to get a PCIe adapter to go into one of the PCIe slots, and then this drive plugs into that.
And you could only use that as a secondary drive...not boot from it.

Your system is simply too old to properly utilize an NVMe SSD.

Much, much easier and cheaper to get a SATA III SSD, and connect that directly to one of the 2 SATA ports on the motherboard.
No adapter needed, and you can boot directly from that drive.

What do you use this system for, and what other drives are in it currently?
 
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Jun 9, 2019
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Not directly compatible, no.

For that drive, you'd need an M.2 port on the motherboard.
Yours has none.

Otherwise, you'd have to get a PCIe adapter to go into one of the PCIe slots, and then this drive plugs into that.
And you could only use that as a secondary drive...not boot from it.

Your system is simply too old to properly utilize an NVMe SSD.

Much, much easier and cheaper to get a SATA III SSD, and connect that directly to one of the 2 SATA ports on the motherboard.
No adapter needed, and you can boot directly from that drive.

What do you use this system for, and what other drives are in it currently?

Alright, thank you for the help. Suppose ill do with a samsung 860 instead or mx500. My motherboard is compatible with mx500 crucial 1tb right?
I use it for gaming - i have a fairly old 2TB HDD barracuda
specs:

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz 38 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Pro3 (CPUSocket) 39 °C
Graphics
S22B350 (1920x1080@60Hz)
Acer XB240H (1920x1080@144Hz)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (ASRock)
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (EVGA) 52 °C
ForceWare version: 430.64
SLI Disabled
Storage
1863GB Seagate ST2000DL003-9VT166 (SATA ) 35 °C
 
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