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    Planning a M.2 SSD 2280 upgrade


    Hi everyone, I'm planning to upgrade my current Samsung 850 2.5 inch SSD 256Gb drive for a 512Gb one, but instead of going with a 2.5 inch drive, I'm looking to add a M.2 2280 drive since they are faster.

    Since my board doesn't have an embedded M.2 card slot, it's a P8Z68 Deluxe : Bitly, I'm checking to have a M.2 adapter, but I'm not sure it will be compatible and if yes, that I'll get the actual speed boost from it with my PCI ports, here is my current motherboard ports;

    2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
    2 x PCI

    I have a nVidia GTX 1060 connected to a PCI x16 port and that is all.

    What I would like to insert is this adapter : Bitly and then add this drive : Bitly

    I don't want to cut performance from either the video card or the new M.2 SSD drive (x16 or dual x8... ??)

    First of all, is it compatible AND will I get the maximum out of the M.2 drive with this adapter, or that kind of adapter?

    Second, where should I connect the adapter and the M.2 drive if I want the maximum out of the video card AND the new drive?

    Third, can I just image my current Windows setup (I reinstalled about 2-3 months ago) from the Samsung 850 Pro drive and apply this image to the newly installed M.2 drive?

    Is there anything I should be aware of regarding this?

    Thanks a lot.
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    The card and drive should be fine near as I can tell. You'd install the card into your bottom-most PCIe slot (slot #7 in the manual).

    The drive should work fine as secondary storage. Whether or not you'd be able to boot from it or not I do not know. I couldn't find any info regarding that for your specific motherboard after a few minutes of googling.
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