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#1 nice_shoes

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:03 PM

I've been considering upgrading my current SATA SSD to a Samsung EVO 960 M.2, but not sure if my mobo will work properly with it. I don't have a good understanding of the NVMe protocol, so please be patient if I ask dumb questions.

  1. I checked the user manual for my current mobo, Asus Z170-E, which has an M.2 socket, but it looks like the socket needs to be configured in the BIOS setup........there are 2 choices of modes:
      a) M.2
      b) SATA EXpress

    The Asus manual states the following about the 2 modes:
      [M.2] SATA mode will be switched to M.2. SATA EXpress can only support PCIE devices
      [SATA EXpress] SATA mode will be switched to SATA EXpress. M.2 can only support PCIE devices


    This is confusing to me, there is no mention of NVMe, unless that is implicit for M.2 mode.

    SO............will a Samsung EVO 960 work, or will I need to get an 860 which uses the M.2 socket but I think uses SATA protocol?
     
  2. I don't have anything to use to install my copy of Windows 10 onto the new SSD because Microsoft upgraded my Windows 7 and turned it into Windows 10 a couple years ago.
    But, it is my understanding that Samsung includes some software with the 960 EVO that will copy the current c: drive onto the 960 EVO, which will then become the new c: drive. Is that correct? If correct, does that transfer happen smoothly or do people regularly incur difficulties?

 

Anyone out there running the Z170-E who has some experience with configuring the M.2 socket?


CPU....................... Intel i5-6500
MOBO................... Asus Z170-E
RAM....................... 16 GB DDR4-2400
HARD DRIVES........ [C:] Micron C400 128GB SATA III.......[D:] Seagate 160 GB SATA (150) with 8 MB cache
PSU....................... generic 550W PSU
VIDEO CARD.......... XFX GeForce 9600 GSO...........running dual LCD monitors, 27 inch and 24 inch
OS......................... Windows 10  64-bit