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Aurora R10, RAM + SSD compatibility research

Hello, 

Please excuse me if I do not say technical terms correctly, this is my first purchase and first attempt to upgrade the desktop. (it's scary). 

I have been trying to research on my own but it is not working well. I found a SSD card I would like to purchase for more memory but all the compatibility sheets I see for the products does not show Alienware's motherboard as an option.

1. Does anyone know how I can know SSD card will be compatible?

2. I have been reading about RAM topics going on here but some say if you get HyperX as a third party, it would not work to the full potential due to Dell's XM profile. I also read where once it is installed there might be an issue. 

Anyone have a method that worked for them and do you mind sharing?

Thank you for your time

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Re: RAM + SSD compatibility research

There are 2 types of SSD for the R9.  The 2.5 inch SSD (uses Sata)2.5 SSD  and the  M2 Form factor.  This looks likes a small slot card (similiar in appearance to memory sticks for the motherrboard. M2 M2 SSD Drive . Your motherboard will accomadate the 2.5 inch.  Most newer alienware desktops will accomdate both.  If you provide more specific information we can let you know.  As far as brand, model and capacity.  That is more of a personal preference issue and you should examine user reviews.

 

JD

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Re: Aurora R10, RAM + SSD compatibility research

Are you looking to increase your RAM or Storage?  You are flipping between both.  How much do you have now?

Mark
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Re: Aurora R10, RAM + SSD compatibility research

Hello

thank you for your response and sorry for being confusing. I want to upgrade both RAM and SSD storage. Do you think this (1TB WD black SN750 NVMe PCIe internal gaming solid state drive) can fit in my computer for storage upgrade?

Here is my product detail:

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Re: Aurora R10, RAM + SSD compatibility research

m2 comes in 2 flavors

SATA b and M keyed   and pci-e  x4  m key only.

 

https://www.dell.com/support/article/en-us/sln308295/m-2-nvme-device-specifications-and-upgrade-requ...

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-970-EVO-1TB-MZ-V7E1T0BW/dp/B07BN217QG/

 

 

 

 


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Re: Aurora R10, RAM + SSD compatibility research

Sorry, I  am really new to this. does that mean wd_black sn750 NVme ssd won't work but only m2 ones?

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@pppppppp1 wrote:

Sorry, I  am really new to this. does that mean wd_black sn750 NVme ssd won't work but only m2 ones?


Based on your specs, your PC already comes with an m2 M key nvme.  There is only 1 m2 slot on the motherboard.  So the only way you can add that drive is via a nvme pcie adapter add-in card on the lower PCIE slot. 

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@r72019 wrote:

@pppppppp1 wrote:

Sorry, I  am really new to this. does that mean wd_black sn750 NVme ssd won't work but only m2 ones?


Based on your specs, your PC already comes with an m2 M key nvme.  There is only 1 m2 slot on the motherboard.  So the only way you can add that drive is via a nvme pcie adapter add-in card on the lower PCIE slot. 


Also, for clarification, if you're referring to that 1tb drive on sale at wd for $122 (decent deal btw) that is an m2 drive. 

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Re: Aurora R10, RAM + SSD compatibility research

m2 slot allows for SATA with B & M keys or PCI-E X4  Mkey only.

The sata versions can be installed with sata set for AHCI.

The PCI-E M key only requires F6 mass storage drivers for PRE install so that the OS can "see" the drive to partition and format.  WD Black SN750 is M key only which is PCI-E.

https://www.westerndigital.com/products/internal-drives/wd-black-sn750-nvme-ssd

WD blue is also fine

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-SN550-1TB-NVMe-Internal/dp/B07YFFX5MD

 

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Re: Aurora R10, RAM + SSD compatibility research

btw, stay safe Mark!

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