I'm upgrading my system here in the next week or so with a new proc, MB, RAM, and my first ever NVMe SSD, a Samsung 970 1TB.
The motherboard is going to be a Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 and HERE
is the link to the TR review where it talks about how the PCI-E lanes are divvied up.
If I'm understanding correctly, inserting a NVMe SSD in to the top-most slot, above the first PCI-E slot, you will lose two of the six regular SATA ports. I plan on having a SATA Blu-Ray drive (I rip my movies), and two 4 TB mechanical drives in a mirror installed for media backups. That's 3 SATA drives, I'd have 4 ports, so I'd be OK for my current config.
My reason for asking this question is that I'd rather avoid having two SATA ports disabled. From the review it looks like moving the NVMe SSD to the second slot would accomplish that at the expense of subjecting the NVMe SSD to heat from the graphics card. From what I've read, avoiding excess heat on NVMe SSD is important so the second slot doesn't seem like a solid idea after all.
If I'm reading the diagram correctly, it seems that the bottom-most NVMe SSD slot shares it's 4 PCI-E lanes with the bottom-most PCI-E slot. If correct that seems totally fine with me, I'm never going to be installing a second or third graphics card.
Firstly, does it seem like I'm I understanding those diagrams correctly? Secondly, does anyone with experience with NVMe SSDs see any potential issues with me installing my NVMe SSD in the bottom-most slot? Perhaps there is something I'm unaware of.
Megatron must be stopped, no matter the cost.
Core i7-8086K | GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming | G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB 3200 | SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB | Gigabyte GTX 1080 Ti Gaming OC BLACK 11G| Corsair CX750M PSU