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How do I install Microsoft Windows 7 on a PCIe NVMe SSD?


Both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 systems provide native support to PCIe NVMe SSDs, with drivers included in the packages to support PCIe NVMe drives.The new Ubuntu and other Linux versions also come with drivers that support PCIe NVMe drives. The addlink PCIe NVMe SSD goes with any standard Windows (8.1 or above), Intel iRST or Linux NVMe drivers. You do not need a special driver to install the OS on the SSD. The native Windows 7, on the other hand, does not recognize or work with PCIe NVMe SSDs. Nor does it come with in-box drivers. If you wish to install the Windows 7 system on a PCIe NVMe SSD, please refer to the link below, or consult Microsoft for information. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2990941/




Do addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs work with any M.2 slot?


There are different types of M.2 slots. A "B-Key" enables SATA or PCIe NVMe SSDs using up to 2 PCIe lanes, while an “M-Key” enables NVMe SSDs with the use of up to 4 PCIe lanes. Performance of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDs leveraging PCIe x4 lanes is roughly twice as high as with PCIe x2 lanes, so the vast majority of mainboards today support "M-Key" slots with 4 lanes. This is the solution supported by addlink NVMe SSDs, and works in the majority of M.2 slots. Please check the type of M.2 (M or B Key) slots available on your mainboard by reading the user manual or contacting your system vendor.




Do addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs work under Linux?


addlink NVMe SSDs are compatible with Linux.




How should a NVMe M.2 SSD be installed on a PC?


Installation of addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs is essentially plug-and-play. Simply insert the NVMe SSD in an M.2 PCIe slot, tighten the SSD in place with the screw and spacer provided by your mainboard manufacturer, and boot up your system from an external source before proceeding with a fresh install of your operating system. Windows has an in-box driver that ensures your addlink NVMe SSD is operational from the start.




Can I move data from an HDD or SATA SSD to a addlink NVMe M.2 SSD?


Yes. It is possible to clone a SATA HDD or SATA SSD to an NVMe SSD. addlink, however, recommends performing a "clean install" of the OS and later transferring the desired non-executable files. Because the registry information needed for NVMe SSDs is different from those of SATA HDDs or SSDs, a clean install helps to avoid unnecessary compatibility and performance issues that may arise from simply cloning a storage device.




Can I plug a NVMe M.2 SSD in a traditional PCIe slot?


Yes. Many add-in-card adapters exist, but for optimal performance and compatibility addlink recommends using an original M.2 slot for your NVMe SSD.




My system is a little older and I'm not sure if addlink M.2 PCIe is compatible. Is there a compatibility list?


There is no general compatibility list. As a rule of thumb, all systems or motherboards with Intel 99/100 series chipsets should support NVMe out of the box. Systems with Intel's 97 series of chipsets may also have received updates enabling NVMe support. At the time of writing (12/2017), most AMD platforms on the market are a little outdated and don't have M.2/NVMe support out of the box. Some systems or motherboards may have received updates to enable NVMe support for PCIe add-in cards. To use a M.2 PCIe as a non-bootable storage device, NVMe BIOS/UEFI support is not required. As of today, no hardware compatibility issues are known. We highly recommend checking with the system or motherboard manufacturer to verify if NVMe support is present:




Will addlink M.2 PCIe work in any M.2 slot?


addlink M.2 PCIe will work in any M.2 slot that supports PCIe NVMe. Not compatible are systems that use M.2 with only legacy SATA or PCIe AHCI. mSATA slots, which are easily mistaken for M.2 slots, are incompatible as well. The same is true for M.2 WWAN slots which are usually compatible with wireless WAN modules only.




Can I use addlink M.2 PCIe in a MacBook (Pro) with M.2 slot?


No, Apple utilizes proprietary slots that will not work with standard M.2 drives.




X70 lighting control cannot sync with Gaming system issue


addlgame X70 has already been test and verified. It can be compatible with the most of gaming system such as MSI, Asus, ASRock, and Gigabyte.

However, sometimes, the utility of the gaming system is been updated, and cause addgame x70 module cannot be synced with the system.

So, if you have the sync problem, please make sure your system utility version is update to the latest version as below links.

https://www.msi.com/Landing/mystic-light-rgb-gaming-pc/download

http://www.asrock.com/support/index.asp?cat=Utilities

https://www.asus.com/supportonly/Armoury%20Crate/HelpDesk_Download/

https://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/512/download.html

After updating the utility, if there is still have problem, please contact us.

https://www.addlink.com.tw/technical-support

https://www.facebook.com/addlinktechnology/

TEL:886-2-8797 3116





COMPATIBILITY​

How do I install Microsoft Windows 7 on a PCIe NVMe SSD?


Both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 systems provide native support to PCIe NVMe SSDs, with drivers included in the packages to support PCIe NVMe drives.The new Ubuntu and other Linux versions also come with drivers that support PCIe NVMe drives. The addlink PCIe NVMe SSD goes with any standard Windows (8.1 or above), Intel iRST or Linux NVMe drivers. You do not need a special driver to install the OS on the SSD. The native Windows 7, on the other hand, does not recognize or work with PCIe NVMe SSDs. Nor does it come with in-box drivers. If you wish to install the Windows 7 system on a PCIe NVMe SSD, please refer to the link below, or consult Microsoft for information. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2990941/




Do addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs work with any M.2 slot?


There are different types of M.2 slots. A "B-Key" enables SATA or PCIe NVMe SSDs using up to 2 PCIe lanes, while an “M-Key” enables NVMe SSDs with the use of up to 4 PCIe lanes. Performance of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDs leveraging PCIe x4 lanes is roughly twice as high as with PCIe x2 lanes, so the vast majority of mainboards today support "M-Key" slots with 4 lanes. This is the solution supported by addlink NVMe SSDs, and works in the majority of M.2 slots. Please check the type of M.2 (M or B Key) slots available on your mainboard by reading the user manual or contacting your system vendor.




Do addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs work under Linux?


addlink NVMe SSDs are compatible with Linux.




How should a NVMe M.2 SSD be installed on a PC?


Installation of addlink NVMe M.2 SSDs is essentially plug-and-play. Simply insert the NVMe SSD in an M.2 PCIe slot, tighten the SSD in place with the screw and spacer provided by your mainboard manufacturer, and boot up your system from an external source before proceeding with a fresh install of your operating system. Windows has an in-box driver that ensures your addlink NVMe SSD is operational from the start.




Can I move data from an HDD or SATA SSD to a addlink NVMe M.2 SSD?


Yes. It is possible to clone a SATA HDD or SATA SSD to an NVMe SSD. addlink, however, recommends performing a "clean install" of the OS and later transferring the desired non-executable files. Because the registry information needed for NVMe SSDs is different from those of SATA HDDs or SSDs, a clean install helps to avoid unnecessary compatibility and performance issues that may arise from simply cloning a storage device.




Can I plug a NVMe M.2 SSD in a traditional PCIe slot?


Yes. Many add-in-card adapters exist, but for optimal performance and compatibility addlink recommends using an original M.2 slot for your NVMe SSD.




My system is a little older and I'm not sure if addlink M.2 PCIe is compatible. Is there a compatibility list?


There is no general compatibility list. As a rule of thumb, all systems or motherboards with Intel 99/100 series chipsets should support NVMe out of the box. Systems with Intel's 97 series of chipsets may also have received updates enabling NVMe support. At the time of writing (12/2017), most AMD platforms on the market are a little outdated and don't have M.2/NVMe support out of the box. Some systems or motherboards may have received updates to enable NVMe support for PCIe add-in cards. To use a M.2 PCIe as a non-bootable storage device, NVMe BIOS/UEFI support is not required. As of today, no hardware compatibility issues are known. We highly recommend checking with the system or motherboard manufacturer to verify if NVMe support is present:




Will addlink M.2 PCIe work in any M.2 slot?


addlink M.2 PCIe will work in any M.2 slot that supports PCIe NVMe. Not compatible are systems that use M.2 with only legacy SATA or PCIe AHCI. mSATA slots, which are easily mistaken for M.2 slots, are incompatible as well. The same is true for M.2 WWAN slots which are usually compatible with wireless WAN modules only.




Can I use addlink M.2 PCIe in a MacBook (Pro) with M.2 slot?


No, Apple utilizes proprietary slots that will not work with standard M.2 drives.




X70 lighting control cannot sync with Gaming system issue


addlgame X70 has already been test and verified. It can be compatible with the most of gaming system such as MSI, Asus, ASRock, and Gigabyte.

However, sometimes, the utility of the gaming system is been updated, and cause addgame x70 module cannot be synced with the system.

So, if you have the sync problem, please make sure your system utility version is update to the latest version as below links.

https://www.msi.com/Landing/mystic-light-rgb-gaming-pc/download

http://www.asrock.com/support/index.asp?cat=Utilities

https://www.asus.com/supportonly/Armoury%20Crate/HelpDesk_Download/

https://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/512/download.html

After updating the utility, if there is still have problem, please contact us.

https://www.addlink.com.tw/technical-support

https://www.facebook.com/addlinktechnology/

TEL:886-2-8797 3116





INSTALLATION​​​ & OPERATION​​

Why does my M.2 NVMe SSD not achieve its prformance specs in benchmark tests?


Benchmark test results may differ depending upon the system environment, host software and hardware configuration.




Why does the performance of my NVMe drive decrease as the workload increases?


High-performance NVMe SSDs require adequate airflow for maximum bandwidth and performance. During heavy workloads or extensive benchmarking, the drive will heat up and the controller firmware may implement thermal throttling in order to maintain the proper operating temperature and ensure drive integrity. If performance degradation is observed within these circumstances, confirm that the SSD is receiving adequate cooling and/or increase the system’s fan speed to reduce drive temperatures.  Note: Thermal throttling will engage when the temperature reaches 70°C




Why are my benchmarking scores lower than expected for my NVMe drive?


Our NVMe SSDs rely on native Linux and Microsoft NVMe drivers. Microsoft’s native NVMe driver issues Forced Unit Access (FUA) IO writes and Flush commands to NVMe devices that have a volatile write cache. This, in effect, undermines the write caching on the target SSD by bypassing the DRAM cache often and writing directly to NAND. As a result of this behaviour, the NVMe SSD’s performance is reduced. To obtain maximum performance, you must disable write cache buffer flushing on the target drive within Windows.  Steps to disable the write-cache buffer flush 1. Open Device Manager 2. Select Disk Drives and expand, then select target drive. 3. Right-click and select Properties 4. Select “Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device” Note: By disabling write-cache buffer flushing on the device, you run the risk of losing data in transit and/or data corruption in the event of a power failure. Only disable this feature if you are aware of the risks associated with it.




How can I enhance SSD performance if my operating system does not support TRIM?


For operating systems that do not support TRIM command, the SSDs utilize an intelligent garbage collection algorithm to help manage data and maintain peak performance.




What is the physical size of a addlink M.2 NVMe SSD? Will it fit my PC?


addlink NVMe SSDs use the M.2 (2280) form factor. M.2 is an industry standard, and M.2 SSDs typically measure 22mm in width. Various standardized lengths range between 30mm and 110mm, with the 80mm solution used by addlink being the most common. This means that addlink NVMe SSDs are 22mm wide and 80mm long, and should physically fit in the majority of M.2 slots on mainboards.




What is an "M-key"? What is a "B-Key"?


"M" and "B" are different connector types for M.2 slots. A"B-Key" enables SATA or PCIe NVMe SSDs using up to 2 PCIe lanes, and an"M-Key"enables using up to 4 PCIe lanes. Please note that addlink NVMe SSDs use the"M-Key" (to leverage PCIe x4 for maximum performance) and cannot be plugged into an M.2 slot with a "B-Key".




What is M.2?


M.2 is a form factor that enables expansion, contraction, and a higher integration of functions onto a single form factor module solution. M.2 SSD includes a smaller form factor with larger capacity than that of mSATA and Half-slim.




What is PCIe Gen4, and how is it different than PCIe Gen1/2/3?


PCIe Gen4 is a new standardized data transfer bus that will double the data transfer rate per lane of the prior Gen3 revision from 8.0 GT/s (gigatransfers/second) to 16.0 GT/s. This means that a single PCIe Gen4 interconnection will allow data rate transfers of up to 2GB/s (gigabytes/second), and a full 16 slot PCIe Gen4 interconnection for graphics cards and high-end solid state drives will allow data transfer rates of up to 32GB/s.

This increased data transfer rate will facilitate the demanding data transfer rates of new servers and data farms as cloud storage, services, and software become more and more prevalent. It will also allow mobile devices to transfer information super quickly, thus reducing power consumption during downloads or data synchronization activities.

PCIe 4.0 SSD delivers incredible storage performance, delivering up to 10 times the sequential read and sequential write speeds of some SATA SSDs and up to 50 times the speed of some traditional HDDs and is also fully backwards compatible with current PCIe 3.0 platforms.

*Please use PCIe 4.0 motherboard for the best performance, performance may vary based on system hardware and configuration.

*Please make sure that your computer has a M.2 slot. Backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0 platforms.





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