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Samsung 960 Evo 250GB M.2 PCI Express 3.0 x4 (NVMe) fully compatible with Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 2xPCIe(3.0)x16 ?

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My older PC's hard-drive died a while ago, looking to buy a new hard-drive. Wondering if this would work to its' full potential?

My older PC has this motherboard:

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3, Socket-1155
ATX, Z68, DDR3, 2xPCIe(3.0)x16, CFX&SLI, SATA 6Gb/s,FW,USB 3.0,Dolby,HDMI, mSATA

Will I be able to use a PCI-Express hard-drive like this on it:

Samsung 960 Evo 250GB M.2 PCI Express 3.0 x4 (NVMe)

https://www.dustinhome.se/product/5010982126/960-evo

I know I have physically space for it as I have a free PCIe x16 spot with decent space around it, and as far as I know PCIe xA hard-drive is compatible with a PCIe xB slot as long as B >= A.

However I am not really sure whether NVMe is something that would prevent or reduce the hard-drives capabilities for such a relatively old motherboard? Or will it work to the HD's full potential?
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    It can't boot from that drive.
    A regular SATA III drive will work no problem.
  2. USAFRet said:
    It can't boot from that drive.
    A regular SATA III drive will work no problem.


    Thank you for the quick response!

    Oh really? So I can't use it as a primary hard-drive at all?

    And if so, is it because of the rather old motherboard or is this true in general for that hard-drive?
  3. SilverSeal said:
    USAFRet said:
    It can't boot from that drive.
    A regular SATA III drive will work no problem.


    Thank you for the quick response!

    Oh really? So I can't use it as a primary hard-drive at all?

    And if so, is it because of the rather old motherboard or is this true in general for that hard-drive?



    It's because of the age of that board.
    Even one generation newer...a Z77, for instance, can't boot from that.

    It's like if you buy a new Z270 board today...can it boot from whatever SuperZoom drive and interface we'll be using in 2025? Doubtful.
  4. USAFRet said:
    SilverSeal said:
    USAFRet said:
    It can't boot from that drive.
    A regular SATA III drive will work no problem.


    Thank you for the quick response!

    Oh really? So I can't use it as a primary hard-drive at all?

    And if so, is it because of the rather old motherboard or is this true in general for that hard-drive?



    It's because of the age of that board.
    Even one generation newer...a Z77, for instance, can't boot from that.

    It's like if you buy a new Z270 board today...can it boot from whatever SuperZoom drive and interface we'll be using in 2025? Doubtful.


    Thank you for all the help. I suspected it wouldn't work, but it was worth asking.

    Have a nice day!
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