8 PCIe & SATA M.2 SSDs Test ASRock’s Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD MotherBoard

TSSDR 990FX TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

To be frank, we started testing with two thoughts in mind, the first naturally wanting to confirm that we could attain PCIe 2.0 X2 performance, and the second was to validate that the M.2 connector could automatically detect M.2 SSD type and switch off, whether it be PCIe X2 or SATA 3.  From there, well we just kept testing M.2 SSD after M.2 SSD until we ran out, eight in total and one that didn’t want to cooperate with the AMD chipset.

Pile of M.2 SSDs

SSD Testing at TSSDR differs slightly depending on whether we are looking at consumer or enterprise SSDs.  For consumer SSDs, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide, although CPU C States have not been changed at all.  Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an SSD that is top-notch.  We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.

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SYSTEM COMPONENTS

This Test Bench build is the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project.

Test System1Our choice of components is very narrow, in that, we choose only what we believe to be among the best available and links are provided to each that will assist in hardware pricing and availability, should the reader be interested in purchase.

PC CHASSIS: Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 EATX
MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD
CPU: AMD FX-8300 8-Core
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Glacer 240L Liquid
POWER SUPPLY: Cooler Master V1000
SYSTEM COOLING: Cooler Master 120mm Red and Green Fans
GRAPHICS CARD: MSI AMD Radeon Hawk 7870
MEMORY: Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600Mhz Memory
KEYBOARD: Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
MOUSE: CM Storm Sentinel Advance 2
ROUTER: NetGear R6300 AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router
HBA HighPoint RocketU 1144C 4 x USB 3.0 20Gb/s HBA

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BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

 The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD Disk BenchMark and PCMark Vantage.

M.2 SSDS USED FOR TESTING

The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD motherboard contains a PCIe x2 M.2 connector that is capable of accommodating both PCIe X2 and SATA 3 M.2 SSDs.  The M.2 SSDs we are using in this report have all been the subject of M.2 SSD reviews previously;  and a quick click on any of these bring you to that report:

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It bears mentioning that, of all the M.2 SSDs tested in the ASRockFatal1ty 990FX Killer, the Super Talent SSD was the only to boot into its own BIOS prior to the system BIOS.

Kingspec M2B7 128GB SATA M.2 SSD in ASRock FX990 Killer Mobo

As well, we also attempted to test the Kingspec M287 SATA 3 128GB M.2 SSD but it failed to complete the benchmarks, creating the impression that it had compatibility issues with the AMD system, as we had tested it previously on our Intel Test Bench.

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Rod Bland
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Rod Bland

awesome review Les – can you confirm that you were able to boot the Samsung XP941 in this motherboard? It looks like that IS what you did, but just wanted to be sure….

Les@TheSSDReview
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The XP941 will format and work correctly but will not be recignized and boot within the UEFI. The Plextor M6e PCIe 256GB SSD that we have will. We are wondering if the difficulty with the Samsung is that it is a X4 SSD Downgrading to X2.

Arnoldo Giovani
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Maybe with BIOS update in the future it can. 🙂

Les@TheSSDReview
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Accomplished.

askeria ASK
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askeria ASK

or german review ?

Les@TheSSDReview
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I am sorry but I don’t quite understand.

Carl Forks
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Carl Forks

Hope to see PCIe X4 M.2 on the upcoming Intel chipset series 9!

Les@TheSSDReview
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Hmmm….might make sense when you think of relationships…

Rafael Moraos
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Rafael Moraos

Could I put 5 r9 cards ? How much watts is needed ?

Rod Bland
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Rod Bland

It’s interesting that the Samsung XP941 PCIe x4 SSD worked in this motherboard, despite the M.2 socket only supporting PCIe x2. We’ve had zero success with installing the XP941 in the ASUS Maximus VI Impact mobo, which also has dual support for PCIe x2 M.2 / SATA M.2. I wonder what they’ve done different in the Asrock board that they haven’t in the ASUS board?

Les@TheSSDReview
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The implementation used in this first ASUS release is poor and will only support a single lane, not a four lane design such as the XP941….and then also, not as a boot device. The 990FX Killer, on the other hand, will support the XP941 and as a bootable drive, whereas initially it would not. We worked with ASRock to achieve such.

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