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A question about the M.2 slots on Asus XI Hero motherboard

RayGuy123
Level 7
Hi, I'm building my first pc and have a quick question. I currently have my Samsung Evo 970 nvme drive in the M.2_2 Socket and I just wanted to ask if having it like this will mean that the sata ports 5 and 6 will not work?

Thanks 🙂
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pinkfloyd1173
Level 11
I think it depends on what slot you have it hooked up to. I also have the hero and my M.2 drive is on the bottom slot. If I remember right in the manual it says something about what slot to use and what does what when you use that slot.
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Ch3vr0n
Level 11
It's all in the manual, why don't people read it.

From your manual page ix

3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots *
The PCIe x16_3 slot shares bandwidth with SATA6G_5 and SATA6G_6 <== an M.2 socket is NOT a PCIe slot <= so no, it they won't be disabled.

From your manual page x

When the M.2_1 Socket 3 is operating in SATA mode, SATA6G_2 port will be disabled <== Doesn't apply either. Sata PORT 2 will only get disabled if M.2_1 is being used by a SATA device. Going by your post, it's not occupied at all. So sata2 will remain operational. If you install an M.2 device in M.2_1 sata 2 will ONLY get disabled IF you insert a sata based M.2 device. If you were to add another PCIe device like that 970 evo, sata 2 will remain operational