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Thinkpad T480 - internet M2 NVMe slot - PCIe lanes

Q: Thinkpad T480 - internet M2 NVMe slot - PCIe lanes

All, How many PCIe lanes for the internal NVMe M2 slot, that used the 2.4 HDD/SDD enclosure, has and what is the max. transfer speed.What to know if it worth while to install a Samsung EVO 970 or PRO 970 and fully utilize their speed. Thanks

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Hi, the PSREF document for the T480 mentions that the M.2. 2280 SSD slot has 4 PCIe lanes (see http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20T480/ThinkPad_T480_Platform_Specificatio...). However the german site campuspoint.de who sells campus models of the T480 states that the M.2 2280 SSD slot in this model (unlike the T480s) is limited to 2 PCIe lanes, just as on the previous T470. I wanted to be sure and asked them, and here is their reply: We were stumbling over the same point in the PSREF. The difference to the former Models like T470 and T570 made us suspicious, since the new models use a very similar Adapter. So, we made a simple test. We took a T580 with a Samsung PM981 SSD, which should be able of up to 3200 Mb/s of read performance and made a simple benchmark. Our test showed a read performance of roughly 1800 Mb/s at max. This is about the same score as we had with the T470 and T570 Models and just slightly under what is theoretically possible with two PCIe Lanes. It looks like Lenovo just didn?t mention the restriction by the Adapter. This has nothing to do with Campus Models or not. The Campus Models use the same parts as used in other Thinkpad models. As you mentioned the T480s doesn?t have this issue.  Can Lenovo confirm there is a mistake in the PSREF of the T480 and T580 with respect to the number of lanes for the M.2 2280 SSD slot?

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hello, I have a ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) 20JD004UUS, Intel i7-7500U. I want to buy an external GPU and connect it via Intel® Thunderbolt? 3 portthat I know it has.The question is - how many PCIe lanes does it has? x4? maybe x8 or x16?This will determine the throuput ans subsequently the model of GPU to buy. https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-x/Thinkpad-X1-Yoga-2nd-Gen/p/22TP2TXX12Yhttps://www.laptoparena.net/lenovo/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-yoga-(2nd-gen)-2673 Thanks :-)

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Hello I've tried to install Windows 7 on Thinkpad T480.I have issues on the SSD NVME PCIe storage driver. SSD S/N LENSE20256GMSP34MEAT2TALenovo's own NVME storage with 256gb. I'm missing some drivers for it and I've tried several Samsung, Toshiba and Intel NVME drivers.The image is based on a virtual pc, that is fully windows updated.I use SCCM to put the image on the T480.I have no trouble on running the image, I only have trouble starting Windows, after the image has run. (Missing NVME drivers) I have inserted the NVME update KB2990941 for Windows 7 and made a .Wim image using Imagex.I tried using Lenovo support drivers with no luck.I inserted several Samsung, Toshiba and Intel drivers from this website:https://www.win-raid.com/t29f25-Recommended-AHCI-RAID-and-NVMe-Drivers.htmlI've had luck on inserting the right driver for ThinkCentre M910s, with Samsung drivers from there. Anyone have any ideas on how to get the driver for the Lenovo NVME storage ?Since they dont have the drivers on their support site.

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My T480 came with the standard 512GB NVMe SSD in-a-caddy. I'd need some more storage so am attempting to tweak the laptop, putting in 2 SSD into the 2.5" space. Here's my plan: M.2 2280 NVMe/SATA
-> Proprietary connector (F) on the motherboard
-> Proprietary connector (M) 00UR495
-> SATA-600 (F) 00UR495
-> M.2(NGFF) SATA KEY B+M SSD to SATA Adapter card
-> Crucial MX500 M.2 Type 2280 SSD

M.2 2242 NVMe slot
-> NGFF M.2 PCIe M-Key extension card with 20CM cable
-> Lenovo SSD M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 512GB OPAL 2.0 SSD M.2 2280 Samsung (FRU 00UP490)I thought of extending the M.2 2242 NVMe slot with an extender card but turns out it doesn't fit. These are the two pieces I'd like to connect by an extender card: Motherboard: Lenovo T480 M.2 B-key (NVMe only x4 slot, x2 physically wired)https://imgur.com/rutbx72--> The 6 pins on the bottom (only 5 physically wired) suggest to me that this is a B key M.2 slot.NVMe SSD:Lenovo NVMe SSD M-key (PCIe GEN3 x4 NVMe)https://imgur.com/dI1AyRq The extender card I had attempted early, but that doesn't fit the M.2 2242 NVMe slot:http://eshop.sintech.cn/storage-adapter-ngff-m2-pcie-c-130_137.html Am I correct to conclude that the M.2 2242 NVMe slot is B key? Or is this a more special WWAN slot or alike? Edit: some reference(s)https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/ThinkPad-T480-and-TOSHIBA-RC100-240GB-SS...So an NVMe SSD like a Toshiba RC100 does fit th... Read more

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I have an M920 SFF, i7-8xxx 32GB RAM, came with 256gb SSD already installed and used as the boot drive (C) for Windows 10 Pro. It was a special price deal ($300 off), even with a 256gb SSD which is smaller than I really need.   I took the deal and figured I will add a second drive once I get the computer.      Opening the computer, I see it has the primary boot drive (SSD) occupying a slot, and a network card occupying the second slot, seems like adding a second drive would have to be either SATA, or using one of the two PCIe slots.    I bought a 500GB Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 SSD, https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07J2WBKXF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and put it into a NVMe-to-PCIe adapter,  this is the one I bought https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07C6D1W2N/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  Then I tried inserting it into one of the 2 slots, the PC didn't recognize it, then tried the other slot, also wasn't recognized.   So is this method of installing the SSD (even as a secondary non-booting drive) not supported.  Do I need to configure the BIOS or need other drivers?   

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I'm looking at buying a new Lenovo P50 with a SSD configuration.  I see an option for a "1TB SSD PCIe-NVMe" which came out only a few days ago ...does anybody here know the specs of that drive in terms of read/write speeds (megabytes per second)?  


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A:"1TB SSD PCIe-NVMe" specifications for Thinkpad P5...

That's Samsung 1T PM961 which becomes available in OEM since last december. Read and write speeds are faster than the current SM961 and 950 Pro.

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Hello, I need to add a "Samsung 960 PRO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD" on my Thinkpad. What is the P/N I need to install it? I think is the tray to insert the disc. THINKPAD P51 SIGNATURE EDITION - Intel Core i7 - 7700 HQ - CPU @2.80 GHz - 16 GB - Windows 10 - 64 bits

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The question would be. Is it possibble to change out the SanDisk U110 ssd to a faster and bigger ssd like a Lexar 2242 PCIe3x2 NVMe M2 ssd drive wich is 1650MB/sec fast and 512GB? If not than what NVMe would fit? Thank you for any help and answer!

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Planning to upgrade the T470 with an SSD and trying to decide between  Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OAJ412U  For an extra $86, I could get this drive, adapter and cable:Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW)https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-960-EVO-Internal-MZ-V6E250BW/dp/B01LYFKX41 https://lenovo.encompass.com/item/11093685/Lenovo/01AX994/Ct470_Adapter_Hdd_Asm_Brackethttps://lenovo.encompass.com/item/11093086/Lenovo/00UR496/Cable_M.2_Ssd Apparently, the 960 EVO would give me about 2 to 3 times faster performance than the SATA SSD. Which one would you guys choose if it were you considering the usage is mainly coding and watching videos? Any insights would be great. Thank you. 

A:SATA or PCIe NVMe SSD for Thinkpad T470?

Yoga2Pro_23 wrote:...
Which one would you guys choose if it were you considering the usage is mainly coding and watching videos? Any insights would be great. Thank you. 

That depends.  Are we spending your money or mine?
Given your use case I'd probably use the extra $ to go with a 500GB 2.5" SSD.  Then again, I'm a spec snob and might not be able to resist the NVMe drive.
As you've already figured out, the 470 only uses 2 PCIe lanes so that limits the NVMe SSD to something like 1700MB/sec.  The SATA unit would be more like 500MB/sec or so.  In practice, you'd probably never notice a difference.

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I'm considering purchasing the Lenovo Yoga 730-15IWL (no. 81JSCTO1WW) as it has the latest Whiskey Lake-U CPU and one Thunderbolt 3 port (TB3), which I want for eGPU expansion in the future. (This model can be customized to have a NVIDIA GTX 1050 4 GB.) However, I would like to know if anyone can confirm whether the TB3 port on the 730-15IWL supports full PCIe x4 speeds and not x2. Ultrabook Review states that the Kaby Lake version of the Yoga 730 (730-15IKB) only supports PCIe x2 over it's lone TB3 port, but this isn't the model I'm concerned with since I like the Whiskey Lake version (730-15IWL) for its newer CPU.  MyFixGuide lists the Yoga 730 15" as having a x4 TB3 port and also matches the specs of my model of interest (i7-8565U Whiskey Lake-U and GTX 1050). Some users have found the Yoga 730 15" to support only x2, but that post seems to be limited to the Kaby Lake-U model (based on the schematic). Another reply says the 730 15" can support 4 PCIe lanes. I would really appreciate confirmation that this custom Whiskey Lake-U model does in fact have full TB3 @ x4 bandwidth for optimal eGPU use. In addition, it would be nice (but not as important as having PCIe x4) to be able to charge & plug in a TB3 peripheral. Some other forum users (1, 2) noted that the 730 15" does not support charging over the TB3 port, but perhaps that's only with the 15IKB and not the 15IWL model. Thanks!? Technicity Here's... Read more

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I recently bought ThinkPad P52S with following storage option:1TB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm, 2.5", SATA3  and realized that I need to change this one for  256 GB Solid State Drive, PCIe NVMe M.2 drive I am affraid even this laptop supports both models it is not easy to make this upgrade. Actually, I would like to know which parts I need to order from lenovo in odred to replace old SATA HDD with new one M.2 PCIe NVMe drive (I already have one). I tried to do it using Support - Parts & Accesories - schematic view TP_T580_P52s_Main_FRUs Components on the page: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-p-series-laptops/thinkpad-... but, honestly I could not relize what I should order.  I guess that I need one internal cable, and metalic mount "box" (size similar/same to existing SATA HDD) which contains 2 connectors (one for cable which connects mainboard and "box" (I am not sure does existing cable is good), and other connector where I should inserd M.2 PCIe SSD.I would appreciate if someone can advice which part numbers i need to purchase in order to make feasible usage of the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD instead of aforementioned SATAIII HDD. Thanks in advance to all of you! 

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Hello! Does anyone know if the ThinkPad 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, whose part number is 4XB0N71413 and which can be found in the following link: https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/accessories-and-monitors/memory-and-storage/storage/HDD-BO-TP-1TB-M-2-... is TCG OPAL compliant and if it supports being formatted with 4kb sector size. Thanks in advance.

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Is Samsung 970 EVO Plus Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2  compatible with Thinkpad E570, right now I have Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III installedlink:https://smile.amazon.com/Samsung-970-EVO-Plus-MZ-V7S1T0B/dp/B07MFZY2F2/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3QJ2E5IYA76X9...

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Hi all, I have been looking during several days about a clear answer, but wasn't able to find it even by looking in related threads. Basically, I want to restore my old x121e computer to make it great again. Since the WWAN slot is empty, I would like to plug an SSD. I expect any kind of 2242 PCIe SSD would fit right ?The problem from my point of view in the screw location, which is usually on the middle for PCIe SSDs. The only SSD I find on the internet with screws on the edges are mSATA ones. Maybe I am not very good in understing this thread (https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/PCIe-SSD-in-X120e-Updated/td-p/392017), but I was not able to find the final statement to this problem. May some of you guys at Lenovo or others have a definitive answer to this question ? Thank you 

A:SSD for PCIe slot Thinkpad x121e

Idk if the mPCIe Slot even works with SSDs. The nearly identical E145 doesn't even have a second mPCIe-Slot. Why not putting in a standard SATA III SSD? The processor of the X121e is not the fastest, you would not notice any speed advantages mPCIe normally provides.

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Hi, Can you please let me know if I can install ThinkPad 512GB PCIe NVME TLC OPAL M.2 SSD (4XB0N10300) on M910 SFF? Thanks,Alex

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Hi, first time posting and I'd like to report a serious issue rendering the new X270 critically unstable. There's an issue with the SSD after it enters low power D3 state. After it happens, the drive (or controller) refuses to wake up. Entering D3 seems to be due to relative inactivity. Also, upgrading BIOS to 1.09 doesn't help. I can get this couple of times a day so it makes the X270 unreliable for work. This is triggering regardless of having power adapter plugged in or unplugged and it seems only related to the drive going to sleep. One time I got BSOD on Windows was when I was copying files between two external HDDs (so the internal drive wasn't busy). On Windows this results with BSOD saying it can't save core dump because of memory or drive error. Linux is little more informative about what happens and the system doesn't die straight away because it caches quite a lot of the data read from the drive (that excessive caching is also why the drive is likely to go to sleep more often). For last couple of days I was running with dmesg -wH in the background. The drive always fails the same way: [Mar21 01:31] nvme 0000:04:00.0: controller is down; will reset: CSTS=0xffffffff, PCI_STATUS=0xffff
[ +0.040507] nvme 0000:04:00.0: Refused to change power state, currently in D3
[ +0.000298] nvme nvme0: Removing after probe failure status: -19
[ +0.000025] nvme0n1: detected capacity change from 256060514304 to 0
(some ext4 failure errors because of th... Read more

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Good day everyone  I'm looking for a docking station that has a PCI-E slot for my Thinkpad p51s.  I've seen there is an advanced docking station for the older Thinkpad but I'm under the assumption that the connector is different for my laptop, I haven't done much research on the matter.   any help will be greatly appreciated. thank you 

A:docking station with pcie slot for thinkpad P51s ?

Hi aknowles,
Welcome to Lenovo Community! And happy to have you here.
Well I don't think so Lenovo makes dock with PCI-e slot but below are your options for docking stations  

Mechanical Docks
USB Docks / Cable Docks
Thunderbolt Dock

I hope the above information helped you. 
Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!
 Regards,Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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What are the Read and Write speeds for the  512GB Solid State Drive M.2 PCIe-NVMe, Opal.I havent been able to find this anywhere.

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This is probably documented somewhere, but I wish to confirm normal behavior. Can I install M.2 SATA device in one of the two M.2-size slots, and NVME device in the other? Thank you.

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I am trying to purchase two samsung 960 pro 2TB model,and bit curious whether it will work or not.I am using P70 with xeon 1575Mv5, and in the Intel homepage,there seems to be maximum 16 lanes are supported by CPU.It seems to me that those 16 lanes are totally occupied by the graphic card. As P70 was configurable with two PCIe-nvme SSDs, I guess it will use two x4 PCIe ports.apparantly this configuration is using more PCIe lane than it supports.. Therefore I think I have to figure out following questions before making the decision for purchasing new SSDs..Is P70 have some kind of way to use more PCIe lanes?How much PCIe lanes P70 is capable to use?If, somehow, my configuration is using more lanes than supported, what happens?(Will it operate, but with crippled performance,or blow off?Or.. I am totally misunderstanding the concept of capability of PCIe lanes, and the system will operate without any problem?) Thank you in advance.

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I've been studying for my A+ certification lately, and I've run into a little bump where I'm having some confusion.

According to what I read, the highest PCIe multiplier currently is x16, as there currently can be no more than 20 PCIe lanes. If this is true, though, how is it possible to have motherboard chipsets with a 16x and 6 1x's (which by my math should make 22 lanes)? I'm really confused, any help here would be awesome.

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Hi everyone,  Just would like to confirm, as I know there are 2 SSD slots in X1. The first one supports 4 lanes speed, but does the second also supports 4 lanes bandwidth? Making it a total 8 lanes bandwidth if 2 lanes are installed.  Thanks!

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On my Lenovo 20FQ...With Windows 10 64 bit Redstone 2  build 1703 with latest updates...Original Samsung NVMe Ver.2.2 drivers can not be installed...for theThinkPad 1TB m.2 2280 SSD PCIe NVMe, 00UP414 Samsung PM961only the  Windows NVMe Standard drivers are accepted...who can help..Thanks in advance...

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Hi all (Dell - mods - would especially appreciate your response):
I am considering buying a Samsung 950 SSD for my XPS 13 9350.  The machine currently has 128GB SATA SSD.
Does anyone know - and I called and chatted with Dell Tech Support and it seems like they are not too familiar with these concepts - whether these machines support 2 or 4 lanes PCIe for the SSD?
One Dell rep on the phone told me 2 lanes.  A Dell chat support told me 4 lanes.  Neither seemed too confident in their answer and one referred me to a Wikipedia page as a source.
I know the 9350 supports PCIe connections.   Just trying to figure out if it is 4 or 2 since that will impact the speed - and decision on what SSD to buy.
From what I see the machine also supports NVMe - but if anyone knows this for sure please let me know.

A:XPS 13 9350 SSD PCIe - support 2 or 4 lanes?

I should have mentioned this in the first post:
I am getting: 1700 Seq Read 1542 Seq write 122588 Random Read 90750 Random write
Plugged in. 8GB RAM, i5
950 Pro Specs are:  2500MBs seq read; 1500MBs seq write.

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up until windows preview build 14986, the pcie driver "Mobile 6th Generation Intel(R) Processor Family I/O PCI Express Root Port #5 - 9D14" (v10.1.1.27) correctly detects the "Standard NVM Express Controller" storage controller and the Toshiba THNSN5512GPU7 NVMe disk attached to it. starting with windows preview build 15002 (and 15007), the included pcie driver has troubles detecting the storage controller - during bootup, it is detected 4 times, with each time on a different device id. subsequently, the drive is also added 4 times, resulting in boot controller errors & timeouts and failed sleep mode/shutdowns. the included chipset driver in these latest builds seem to have been bumped to v10.1.1.33. the problem can easily be replicated by using unmodified recovery boot usb sticks made from the official isos, and then checking in a recovery console. it is thus not related to anything installed in my system.

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Hi there, I want to use a 16x PCIe M.2 adapter to install multiple 4x NVMe disks over the 16x PCIe port to an M920s (Desktop) ThinkCentre.The adapter is: Gigabyte CMT4034 Does Lenovo mainboards support PCIe spliting i.e. having 4 times M.2 NVMe disks (each using 4x PCIe lines) on a 16x PCIe adapter card?The link that raied my question in my mind is: Gigabyte releases PCIe Add-in cards that house four M2 SSDs Best,

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Yesterday I installed a Samsung 950 pro 256gb m2 pcie nvme ssd into a Dell E7270
Older configuration was with a sandisk regular sata 3 ssd. After replacement did a bios reset twice, once factory reset, once custom. (I left sata on ahci.)
I chose to install windows 10 pro x64 by using the uefi/gpt methode. Legacy options off.
Installation went without a problem. Afterwards I installed the Samsung nvme driver
Also the Samsung magician software. It reports a link speed 8Gbps (is ok), link width 16 Gbps (should be 32?) .
Is there a way to change the pcie link width from 2x to 4x? I thought this ultrabook did support x4.
E7270 i5 6300U, 16gb ddr4, Samsung 950 pro 256
comment would be appreciated :-)  Thanks in advance!

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Does anyone know how many PCIexpresslanes are allocated to the thunderbolt 3 port on the Yoga 730 15".  I have gotten in touch with lenovo technical support, but they had no idea. I did see where the 720 is thought to have 2 lanes, but I am not sure if that is the same on the 730. Thanks for any info!

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this is for someone from Dell to answer.
I just bought an 8th-gen Dell XPS 13".  it has the Core i7-8550U and i ordered one with 16GB LPDDR3 1866MHz memory, 256gb PCIe SSD .
my question: for M.2 slot, how many PCIe lanes are available?  are they PCIe 3.0?
i am wondering in case i decide to upgrade the SSD at a later time and I don't want to buy an SSD that is faster than the bandwidth available to the M.2 slot.
bonus question: what Intel chipset does the motherboard use?

A:Dell XPS 13" 8th-gen: what kind and how many PCIe lanes on M.2 ?

If you already have this system, use a utility like HWInfo64 to expose the information you're looking for.  The 9350 and 9360 both had 4-lane M.2 slots, and I'm fairly certain they were PCIe 3.0 since that's been around for a while now, so I imagine the new version will be the same -- in fact when I last checked Dell's site, even the version with an 8th gen Core CPU was being called a 9360.  That said, that doesn't mean your SSDs will always perform at their max.  I installed a Samsung 960 Evo into a friend's 9360 and I think it got something like 1.4 GB/s read, regardless of whether I used the native Microsoft or Samsung NVMe driver (BIOS set to AHCI mode to bypass Intel RST).  Reviews of the 960 Evo have indicated that they can reach around 3.1 GB/s reads in certain systems, although I found several other reviews with numbers closer to mine, so I don't consider my result anomalous.  It's possible that having a U Series CPU (low-power) is creating a bottleneck at such high SSD speeds given that the reviews I saw with 3 GB/s+ read speeds were typically performed on desktops with a top-end K series CPU.

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Hello to everyone, Can someone answer definetely on how many PCIe lanes T470s 20JTS1FQ06 (Skylake i7-6600U) are available to the Thunderbolt3 connector? Although I have checked everywhere in psref and many sites, I get only ambiguous answers. 50% say 2 and 50% say 4 lanes. Thank you

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I can find technical specs for the T490/490s where it mentions that as either having 2 or 4 lanes of PCIe v3.  It's confusing and I can't find a definitive answer. I'm looking for the # of lanes for the Carbon though (7th gen).  That doesn't even seem to be documented anywhere.

A:How many PCIe lanes does the 7th Gen X1 Carbon support for it's storage?

The base spec says four lanes:
? M.2 2280 SSD / SATA 6.0Gb/s? M.2 2280 SSD / PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 4? Intel Optane? Memory H10 with Solid State Storage, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 4? Intel Optane SSD, M.2 2280, PCIe NVMe 3.0 x2

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Hello guys, I was wondering if the XPG SX6000Pro 256GB PCIe 3D NAND PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 NVMe 1.3 R/W up to 2100/1500MB/s SSD  will work with my y520 IKBM. and if there is an extra slot for memory.thank you.

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I wasn't able to find this in the User/Maintenance guide, or anywhere else.  I presume the M.2 Storage slot on this system isn't fed by just one lane.  That would restrict NVMe SSDs to about the same speed as Sata SSDs. Thanks in advance for any information anyone can provide or point me to. 

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Hi, I'm interested in adding a 256MB m2 PCIe SSD drive however  i would like to find out the lane speed limit/bandwidth for my specific laptop. It's a ENVY Notebook 15-as016tu with a i7 6500 . i don't want to buy an expensive drive that my laptop cannot use to it's fullest output.

A:Bandwidth/Number PCIe lanes in Skylake Envy 15 chipset for...

Hi, It supports the following specs: Support for next generation form factor (NGFF), M.2 solid-state drive, default with SATA/PCIe co-layout port (assigned port 0 for solid-state drive to support hard drive/solid-state drive combination)Support for the following solid-state drives:? 512-MB, M.2, PCIe, NVMe solid-state drive supporting triple-level cell (TLC)? 256-MB, M.2, PCIe, NVMe solid-state drive supporting TLC? 256-MB, M.2, SATA solid-state drive supporting TLC? 128-MB, M.2, solid-state drive Regards.

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I currently have Motherboard Asus P5B-Plus Vista edition which has
1 x PCI-E x16, 3 x PCI-E x1, 3 x PCI 2.2

I plan to build a data server with this motherboard and buy Promise Supertrak EX8350 which is PCI-E x4 Raid controller card.

My question is. Instead of buying a new motherboard that has PCI-E x4 slot.
Can I just install the PCI-E x4 Raid controller card into PCI-E x16 slot which is normally for video card? And Just buy a cheap regular PCI video card for PCI 2.2 slot?

Hopefully someone could help me with this and I thank you in advance.

A:PCIe x4 Raid controller card into PCIe x16 slot

The 4X card has the long edge connector for the socket I assume, then yes. I have a second x16/4 slot that, iirc, they say will work as a 4x slot. That said, do they make a PCIE x1 videocard for the short slot?

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I am planning to upgrade my video card. I saw this one from Nvidia. Geforce GTS 450. I checked the specs and i saw the "bus" and it says PCI-E 2.0 x 16. My motherboard(Asus P5G41T-MLX3) has PCIe x16. I also have researched that the PCIE is backward compatible meaning the GTS 450 is compatible with my mobo. Now, my question is, will my mobo which has pcie 1.1 only be a bottleneck for GTS 450? if so, what video will you recommend so i can play new games like need for speed shift 2 unleashed?

A:pcie 2.0 video card on pcie 1.1 slot

I don't think different versions would bottleneck that much that you could notice.. What are your system specs and what resolution are you willing to play it?

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Hi all

I have H61M-ITX board with 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (blue @ x16 mode)

I wan to install there PCI Express x 4 card:

I made clean Win XP SP3 install + all MB drivers on top. After I inserted pcie x4 card and boot up. Win XP didn't detect the card (though leds on card are blinking from periodically)

I then tied LAN adapter I have to check if all is fine with MB. I took this one:

same behaviour - system doesn't see it but if I plug eth cable then leds on lan card blink.

please tell me what is wrong I do? I checked bios for anything related to PCIe and found nothing.

A:PCIe x4 card doesn't run in PCIe x16 slot

Have you tried updating your Intel chipset drivers? They can be found at Intel.com in the download center. They would have updates for the PCIe drivers and other assorted H61 chipset features.

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I want to buy an SSD drive for this laptop, but do not know what the protocol supports slot M2 and therefore can not determine the SSD model.

I want to buy an SSD drive in this laptop

A:inspiron 7778: M2 SSD slot: PCIe x2? PCIe x4?

The 7778 (Skylake version) is SATA - not PCIe.  

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Hi I am looking to build a thin mini itx motherboard pc with dedicated graphics for gaming and I could only find motherboards with a pcie 3.0 x4 slot. I found an x4 to x16 riser but I don't know if it works as I have not been able to find any examples of such a thing. I want to use a GTX 1050 TI with it. I would like to know if this is possible. I am new to PC hardware and am quite confused. if I can't run a 1050 TI can you please list some alternatives. Thank you

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Hello guys, i'm having a bit of trouble with my Sound Blaster Xfi Fatal1ty titanium, the issue is as follows:

There's a huge heat sink that prevents the card fitting properly into the single pcie x1 slot on my board, so what i rly would like to know is if it is possible to have it working on a pcie x4, risk free ofc. I've done a few searches on this forum and i've read it is possible but i rly want to be sure before doing anything. Another doubt i have is if i need to make any changes on my bios cuz i'm not sure if pcie x1 and pcie x4 slots work on the same power specs.

Thx to all in advance

A:Pcie x1 sound card in Pcie x4 slot?

If the card performs in a PCIe x4 slot, it should be ok... I don't think you will damage anything

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I am looking for a new laptop. I currently have a X121e and recall it being extremely easy to configure on Lenovo's site. So I decided to look at the X270. However, having had great difficulty even starting to configure it (apparently, Lenovo does not favour Firefox any longer), I'm currently having trouble understanding the choices. The first is the choice between PCIe and SATA PointingDevice. Following some discussion, I gather this has nothing to do with any kind of pointing device, but affects my HDD/SSD choices. OK, so let's see what the PCIe choices give me. I get 5 'first hard drive' options. (Nothing I do gets me a 'second hard drive' option, so not sure about this. Or rather, I almost understand this now I've read the platform specification, the user manual, the hardware maintenance manual and various posts on Reddit. Lenovo do like to make buying a challenge!) Now, however, I've reached the end of my google-fu. Intel 256 GB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe256 GB Solid State Drive PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.0 - CapableIntel 512 GB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMe512 GB Solid State Drive, PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.01 TB Solid State Drive OPAL2.0 PCIe-NVMeI understand the difference beween 1/2 and 3/4 and 5 is obviously size. Fine. But what is the difference between 1 and 2, and between 3 and 4? 1 and 3 are Intel, whereas 2 and 4 are what? Not-Intel? Presumably, Then what's wrong with the Intel drives, that the unbranded versions are cheaper than the branded ones?... Read more

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Here is something I recently found out. I have tired this and it works.

You can use a PCIe x1 card, or a PCIe x4 card in a PCIe x16 slot. They work fine. So if you think you are short of PCI-e slots, you may not be. A shorter PCIe card works fine in a longer slot.

On PCIe X1, X4 and X16 slots, the first 18 pins are all wired the same, so as long as the PCI-Express card fits in the PCI-Express slot, it should work.

This is not the case for the legacy PCI (32-bit, non-express) slots, that are not PCI-Express. Those are not compatable with PCIe cards.
Picture of assorted PCIe and PCI slots.

The top four slots, in the picture above, are, from the top to bottom,
PCIe x4 slot , PCIe x16 slot, PCIe x1 slot and another PCIe x16 slot. A PCIe card that can physically fit in any of these slots will work, even if it doesn't fill the entire slot.

The bottom, 5th slot, is a PCI legacy (32-bit) slot. PCIe (express) cards will not work in this slot. It only accepts legacy PCI cards.

Here is the PCI-Express page on Wikipedia showing pinouts, etc.
PCI Express - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

YouTube Video showing PCIe X1 card in a PCIe X16 slot.
x1, x4 pci Cards Fit Into x16 pci-e Slot - YouTube

Here are links to discussions on this subject at Tom's Hardware.

"Can I install a PCI-e x1 Wireless network card in a PCI-e x16 slot?"



http://www.tomshardware.com/answer... Read more

A:Using a PCIe x1 card in a PCIe x16 slot

It's been like that since the beginning of PCIex !!!

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