Simon LeBon wrote:
I am pretty sure that the M.2 slot on your Z170i motherboard is not compatible with the latest NVMe Gen 3 drives.
The Z170i motherboard is more than 3 years old. THAT is when M.2 slots were still in their infancy and there were a lot of compatibility issues.
I'm not saying for sure... but I highly doubt the most current NVMe M.2 SSD will not work on that board in that slot. You might get it to work with a PCI-e card that has the latest NVMe Gen 3 slots on it.
It's not an ASUS only problem. You would have this problem with most any motherboard with an M.2 slot from 2015.
This is the truth. Your board does not support NVMe protocol. SATA and M.2 AHCI only. Very few of these were made, Samsung SM951 OEM was just about it. M2 was in its infancy ande NVMe had not yet been born. Not long after, as in less than 6 month the NVMe drives came out and are not compatible.
The SM951s now are so hard to find that they are commanding a higher price than an 970 pro.
The only option you have for that is the SM951 AHCI or an M2 Sata which is no different in performance than the 2.5 inch variety. If you go looking for the SM951 that actually gets far better performance than the SATA but no NVMe then make sure its the correct version as there are two. AHCI and NVMe.
Model starting with MZHPV is AHCI
Model starting with MZVPV is NVMe and wont work. This model is the OEM for the 960 pro
If you get a PCIe NVMe adaptor card the drive will work BUT you wont be able to boot from it.
The M2 supported drives are listed in your manual VIII, NVMe is not on the list.
Than you so much for your help. I have not read anywhere saying that the m.2 on this motherboard were m.2 Sata only, I’ve read people online stating they are using NVMe m.2 drives and the manual doesn’t mention anything about it being m.2 Sata. I sincerely appreciate your help. **