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Compatible NVMe sticks

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Hi all.
I am contemplating to add 1 or 2 NVMe 500 GB storage sticks to my Skylake GA-Z170X-UD3 mobo.
It's an ageing mobo but has proven reliable over the years. I am therefore considering to add 1 or perhaps even 2 NVMe sticks to this machine. From gleaning through the handbook, both slots support 32G speed ranges but using these slots seem to impact the availability or functionality of some of the standard SATA slots, at least that is the way I interpret the writeup, pictures and diagrams contained the handbook for this mobo.

I would therefore appreciate if somebody with hands on experience can advise me as to:

1. Which brand and model NVMe drive is compatible with this particular motherboard.

2. What possible side affects, if any, will I let myself in to should I populate either 1 or both of the available slots.

Your responses will be most appreciated.

Greetings Henties.
 

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1. I have the same motherboard and CPU. I use an XPG GAMMIX 1TB S11 Pro 3D NAND PCIe NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD (AGAMMIXS11P-1TT-C) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KZNTZYB/?tag=tonymacx86com-20 NVME for the Windows installation on the system. I am only using an SSD for the macOS installation.

I suspect almost any NVME drive would work on the motherboard.

2. The motherboard documents what ssd connectors will be disabled. There is a good review on the motherboard that explains the details at https://techreport.com/review/30195/gigabytes-z170x-ud3-motherboard-reviewed/

Frank
 
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1. I have the same motherboard and CPU. I use an XPG GAMMIX 1TB S11 Pro 3D NAND PCIe NVMe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD (AGAMMIXS11P-1TT-C) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KZNTZYB/?tag=tonymacx86com-20 NVME for the Windows installation on the system. I am only using an SSD for the macOS installation.

I suspect almost any NVME drive would work on the motherboard.

2. The motherboard documents what ssd connectors will be disabled. There is a good review on the motherboard that explains the details at https://techreport.com/review/30195/gigabytes-z170x-ud3-motherboard-reviewed/

Frank
Thanks, your response was really helpful, the board review provided the information I was after. No matter what, I will sacrifice regular slots if I were to use any of the 2 onboard M.2 receptacles. My best bet would be to go for a later model motherboard and keep this going for as long as it continues plodding along reliably, I might actually relegate it to take over the function of one of my still older headless linux servers.

Greetings Henties
 
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