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    Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 11:57pm
I'd like to add a small 16-32gb SDD to the N3700-ITX.  Can I plug this into the PCI-E or mini-PCI-E connectors on the motherboard?  I would prefer not to use a 2.5" SSD in a drive bay.

It is confusing when reading on the internet, if PCI-E will support SSD (or msataSSD), saying a SATA chip is required on the PCI-E.  Also, the owners manual says mini-pic-e is for Wireless LAN only.  Is that true?

Any info here or recommendation on a type/model that is known to work, would be great.


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I have the same question. Did you ever figure it out. Are there any officials from ASRock on this forum?
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The mini-PCIe slot can be used with wireless WiFi cards with that interface only. It cannot be used with a SATA device. As the manual states:

MINI_PCIE1 (mini-PCIe slot) is used for WiFi module.
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What about the PCI-E ? The manual doesn't mention anything about that.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote parsec Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2016 at 12:31pm
PCIe SSDs used with this board? Let's see, from the board's specs:

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot

That's a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, or one PCIe 2.0 lane connected to this slot.

The Samsung M.2 PCIe SSDs are almost all PCIe 3.0 x4 devices, requiring 4 lanes for their full performance. The Samsung XP941 is a PCIe 2.0 x4 drive, still using 4 lanes.

All the Intel PCIe SSDs are PCIe 3.0 x4 drives. There are a few PCIe 2.0 x2 and PCIe 2.0 x4 SSDs, such as the Plextor M6E, and Kingston HyperX Predator.

The N3700-ITX board is simply not meant to support these SSDs.

A board's specifications tell us what options or features the board has to offer, not what it cannot do. If a feature or capability is not listed in the specifications, it is safe to assume it is not supported.
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Thank you. You have no idea how often you can find hidden features that are not advertised from the manufacturers so they can deny support but they actually work. No obviously, the PCI-E is limited but untill someone tries the miniPCIE - you never know.
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