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Maximus XI Extreme Dimm.2 RAID 0 with Samsung 970 Pro nvme SSDs

Deltaphi
Level 7
Hello to anyone who reads this.

I would appreciate any help in clarifying whether you can use Samsung SSDs on the DIMM.2 slot for RAID 0 bootable configuration, or does it work only with Intel branded SSDs.

Thanks for any help.

Dimitris
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus XI Extreme, CPU: Intel© Core™ i9-9900K, RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB 3200MHz C14 (CMW32GX4M4C3200C14),
GPU: ASUS ROG Strix RTX 3080 Ti Gaming OC, CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H115i RGB Platinum, CASE: Corsair Obsidian 650D, PSU: Corsair AX1200i,
SSD: (NVME) Samsung 970 Pro 512GB & 970 Evo Plus 1TB & (SATA) 850 Pro 256GBx2 RAID 0, HDD: WD Gold 10TB & 2TB, Black 2TB, WD My Book 8TB,
Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, UPS: APC Back-UPS XS 1400U
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I don't understand which configuration is better.*

You wrote:

No, you’re OK at X8 on the GPU as the 2080Ti is the first card to saturate PCIE Gen 3.0 X8 bandwidth
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This sounds that a NVLink setup with 16x and 8x makes no difference - comparison to 16x 16x
Then you wrote:

*I’m about to change it all though as after going to 2080 Ti cards they actually do saturate X8 bandwidth so I’m ditching VROC completely and using a single intel U2 drive, changing the DIMM.2_1 to PCH so I get *16 on PCIE16X16_1 and PCIEX16_3.*
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This sounds that 16x 16x is better than 16x 8x.

If I check e.g. this page it seems that it makes no difference - thanks no NVLINK:

*https://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/3366-nvlink-benchmark-rtx-2080-ti-pcie-bandwidth-x16-vs-x8

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I'm confused ;-)*

JohnnyFire
Level 7
hey there can you help with one thing? is it possible to backup the firmaware of you aquantia lan and send it to me? it very important to fix mine