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If I use the M.2 port on an Asus Z97-AR which SATA 6.0 ports do I lose?

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    None. The m.2 shares bandwidth with the PCIe x1_1/2 slots.
  2. alexoiu said:
    None. The m.2 shares bandwidth with the PCIe x1_1/2 slots.


    Thanks for answering. I have 4 regular SATA 6.0 and 2 PCI Express SATA ports (backward compatible to 6.0) on my z97-AR for a total of 6 ports. So you're saying that if I install an SSD into the M.2 slot I can can still use all 6 SATA ports for other devices? I thought for some reason that using the M.2 interface disables one or more other SATA ports.
  3. You cant use a sata based m2 drive on that board .
    It has to be a nvme (PCI express based) drive.
  4. wormwood19 said:
    alexoiu said:
    None. The m.2 shares bandwidth with the PCIe x1_1/2 slots.


    Thanks for answering. I have 4 regular SATA 6.0 and 2 PCI Express SATA ports (backward compatible to 6.0) on my z97-AR for a total of 6 ports. So you're saying that if I install an SSD into the M.2 slot I can can still use all 6 SATA ports for other devices? I thought for some reason that using the M.2 interface disables one or more other SATA ports.


    No problem.
    No SATA ports disabled.
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