Can you pair Samsung 950 PRO M.2 PCI-e 3.0 x4 SSD with an AMD CPU?

Is it possible to pair a Samsung 950 PRO with an AMD processor? Just wondering if there will be some type of compatibility issue?

The interface and controller are: PCI-Express 3.0 x4 and Samsung UBX controller.

Thank you in advance for feedback!
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  1. As long as the motherboard supports both, no problem.
  2. There isn't a compatibility problem with SSDs and AMD CPUs. They are treated just like any other drive (optical, hard drive , or SSD).
  3. Appreciate the feedback bros! :pt1cable:

    The Samsung 950 PRO is a beast PCI-e SSD at the current moment. It requires the PCI-e 3.0 x4 m.2 interface on the motherboard for full saturation of bandwidth. I filtered AMD M.2 compatible motherboards on NewEgg and all of them say this in their specifications:

    "1 x M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3, supports M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to
    Gen2 x2 (10 Gb/s) (M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3 is shared with the eSATA3 connector)"

    From my understanding to fully utilize the Samsung 950 you require the bandwidth of an Ultra M.2 interface (PCI-e 3.0 x4) which pushes data transfer speeds up to 32Gb/s. What is the solution to this since there is no Ultra m.2 interface on AMD motherboards?

    Can't I just use a M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 adapter and attach it to a regular PCIe 2.0 x8 lane? Will I be still able to utilize the 32Gb/s bandwidth for the PCI-e SSD or is this impossible on AMD products?
  4. From my understanding, it will be supported by PCI Express x 16 3.0 at 4x and above.

    MZ-VKV256 MZ-VKV512
    General Feature Application Client PCs
    Capacity1) 256 GB (1GB=1 Billionbyte by IDEMA) 512 GB (1GB=1 Billionbyte by IDEMA)
    Form Factor M.2 (2280)2)
    Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 (up to 32 Gb/s) NVMe 1.1
  5. What is the exact adapter that you are referencing I doubt that the adapter will turn a PCI Expressx16 2.0 to PCI Expressx16 3.0 (whether it is 4x or not)?
  6. It's a simple PCI-e adapter. You plug the SSD into the M.2 slot and next the whole adapter to a PCI-e slot. Says it supports PCI-e 2 motherboards which is pretty much the cap for AMD from my understanding. Since PCI-e 3.0 x4 is equivalent in bandwidth to PCI-e 2.0 x8, I was thinking this might work. Please tell me if I'm wrong :??:

  7. Best answer
    The adapter may work, but from what I read the performance will vary depending on the type of motherboard PCI express slot. It is recommended for PCI Express 3.0.

    It is backwards compatible, but I think the performance will suffer with PCI Express 2.0.
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