Head Note - (Skip to paragraph 4 for main issue) Pardon any improper formatting, as this is my first post on these forums. I will edit this thread if I did it improperly, so please bear with me.
Some Context - I recently bought a G703GI-XS71, and I've owned several ROG laptops in the past. My last one supported a singular M.2 slot and I upgraded that about a year ago to a 1TB M.2 WD Blue SATA SSD. The laptop broke (recently) and after the painful process of RMA's I decided to just get it return unrepaired and buy a brand new one. After I received the broken product back from ASUS, I "cannibalized" it of all usable parts (I hoard parts 😄 ) and put what I could in the new one.
Some Context Regarding my Issues - I learned the hard way that my new G703GI-XS71 only has 1 HDD slot (obviously) and 3 M.2 SSD slots. What I failed to realize is that the M.2 slots are PCIe only, so I had to swap out my 2TB FireCuda SSHD and put my existing WD Blue SSD in a M.2 to SATA converter card in its place. So basically I have 2 issues right now;
Issue (Does it fit?) - [EDIT: (SEE DIAGRAM ATTACHED, ITEM B IS THE SLOT REFERENCED)] - Can I put a WD Black SN750 Heatsink M.2 SSD in the first M.2 slot? I certainly cannot put it in any of the other 2 M.2 Slots, as there is a metal plate that doubles as a heatsink for the 2 M.2's on the right side of the motherboard. (If anyone is confused I can provide pictures in an edit to this thread) - The computer seems (from first glance) to boot from the singular M.2 slot on the left side of the motherboard (I have a 256GB Samsung PCIe NVMe SSD that came prepackaged with the system) and if I wanted to upgrade to a WD Black SN750 Heatsinked M.2, would it fit? - There does seem to be some space between the 256GB Samsung and the panel I take off to upgrade RAM, SSD(s) and the HDD, so I was curious if anyone knew if there is enough space for the heatsinked M.2 without obstructing or having the force the panel back onto the rig?. - Regarding the last point, if no one knows, is there a way to find out how much space is between the M.2 and the back panel? - These are the dimensions straight from Western Digital's website: "The WD Black SN750 with heatsink exceeds standard M.2 size specifications that do not include a heatsink. The max dimensions of the WD Black SN750 with heatsink are 80.15mm (L) x 24.5mm (W) x 8.10mm (H). Please verify your system provides ample space for installation."
FootNote - I am completely willing to check myself and let the answers come to me, but does anyone know a way to check the space between the back panel and the M.2 slot? Thanks to anyone who bothers to take on this challenge let alone respond. I just don't want to spend money and find out I have to send it back.
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