Confused about M2 NVME and MSI Z170A Gaming M7

EricDawg

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Hi there,

So I'm doing my first new build in something like 10 years. Yikes where have the years gone?

I just ordered the MSI Z170A Gaming G7 and was now looking at SSD's.

I'm looking at the Samsung 950 PRO 512 GB NVM Express.

SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 512GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P512BW - Newegg.com

I noticed in the reviews someone mentioned make sure your board supports NVME.

So I found the manual online and it says this:
●2x M.2 slots
▶▶Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s standards, 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length M.2 SSD cards
▶▶Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card**

That sounds to me like if I bought an SSD card that uses NVME that I would need to buy this Turbo U.2 Card.


Random note: The board itself boasts 32 Gb/s Turbo M2.

I've seen builds out there using this SSD with this Motherboard so I'm hoping it does support nvme out of the box... or do I need to buy this card:

MSI Model Turbo U.2 Host Card Accessory - Motherboard - Newegg.com

Or are those builds working but at a lower speed?

Anyone know if an nvme SSD will work properly with the MSI Z170A Gaming G7?

Much thanks!
Eric
 

EricDawg

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Thanks emmjaws! Appreciate the quick response.

Sounds like I'm good to go to order this puppy.

I guess I was confused that the only mention of nvme also indicated using the U.2 connector.

Sounds like M2 that is PCIe 3.0 x4 is always NVME and will support 32 Gb/s?
 

emmjawsX

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No worries, i built a system earlier this year and it took me a long time to get my head around all the new stuff. Also correct on the speed with the caveat that it's a newer motherboard - some of the older boards/chipsets are limited in the speed they can achieve but for Z170 you don't have to worry about that.
 
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