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Windows 7: PCI Express X16 Gen 2 - Compatible SSD

12 Oct 2017   #1

Windows 7 Professional
PCI Express X16 Gen 2 - Compatible SSD

Please Help
I will admit that I have seen pictures of these PCIe types of drives over the years, and for some reason have basically ignored their existence. They have recently now entered my mind and I have been curious and have been doing some research.
Just as with many other things, the sheer volume of choice, options, naming systems!, etc. leads to a great deal of confusion. I won't get into my theories of why I feel stuff like this is being done, but I can just say pay attention to even something as simple as naming things, and how things are being renamed, or slightly renamed.
Examples being USB3 Naming, Gaming System Naming, etc.

Anyways, on to my point....
I have one slot available on my motherboard and it is a PCI Express X16 Gen 2 and I have some questions about it that I was hoping someone out there can very very simply just answer them. To be honest I am hoping that the answer is to just stick to SATA based SSD (which I already have).

1.) I always looked at PCI Express X16 Gen 2 as just a graphics card slot, can PCIe SSD be used in this slot?
I have seen card adapters that can convert one type of slot to another.

2.) Are there any compatible PCIe SSDs that can work with this slot (PCI Express X16 Gen 2) and still generate the type of performance noticeable to out perform a good quality SATA based SSD (which I already currently own)?

3.) The PCIe SSD that started this whole thought process in my brain is the Samsung 960 series, the specs on these seem amazing. However I can see that these drives contain all types of new technologies in order to achieve these speeds that I do not currently have on my motherboard. Just wondering how backwards compatible these technologies are, if at all?

4.) Not sure if PC would have any problems booting an OS from this slot?

5.) In my Intel motherboard BIOS, I can see that it shows up that I have this slot and that it is not being used, if I can install a PCIe SSD into it, I at times would like to be able to disable the use of this slot (with the PCIe SSD in it)
Without getting into specific specs, in general can something like this be done?
My BIOS currently does not allow me to change anything with it because there is nothing installed in the slot.
Just wondering if I could disable the slot and boot to a SATA drive OS, if needed?

6.) I am sure someone might ask my uses for the drive.
I am not doing anything crazy, such as 4K video editing or intense video games, but I am always interested in performance gains if they make my day to day operations quicker.

From my research I don't really think any products would be worth the effort due to the age / intended use of the slot available on my motherboard. If anyone has any specific product recommendations for the PCIe SSD and also for slot adapters that prove my assumption wrong, they would be more than welcome.

Anyways, sorry if some of the questions get redundant, if anyone has any information they could share please do so.
Thank You to anyone who took the time to read this and respond.
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