ASUS Zenbook UX310UQ - Does the M.2 slot support PCIe SSD?

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  1. siutoto

    siutoto Notebook Enthusiast

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    Does M.2 slot of ASUS Zenbook UX310UQ support PCIe SSD?

    Is the form factor M.2 2280?

    If so, can I replace the OEM 128GB SATA SSD by Samsung 950 PRO NVMe 256GB or Plextor M8PeG 256GB?
     
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    siutoto Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi everyone, just want to update that i have intalled an Intel 600P 256GB in my Asus UX310UQ, working great! Read and write speed are similar to the specification.
     
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    In addition to whatever disk there is already there? So do you able to use two drives at once?
     
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    siutoto Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes I can. I have a 2.5" Samsung 840 EVO connected to the sata, and Intel 600P connected to the M.2.

    Suprisingly, the EVO achieved 5xxx MB/s in both read and write with crystaldiskmark......
     
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    gametime10 Notebook Consultant

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    Is there any place in the US to purchase this machine?
     
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    Hi siutoto, what made you decide to try the NVMe unit? And the read/write speeds was the same as the 600P's specs or M.2 SATAIII? I have contacted Asus in my country (norway) and they couldnt say if the laptop supported it or not, because they havent "tested" it. So I couldnt find any official answer about it. I purchased a Samsung 960 Pro 512GB with the laptop, hoping that the asus representative i talked to were either lazy or clueless :p
     
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    siutoto Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello, the oem sandisk 128GB M2 sata was kind of slow, read was 500 and write was 280. And then i saw in a US website that they actual sell UX310 with upgrade 950 pro and extra 8GB ram. I had also tried contacting Asus US, Hong Kong and Taiwan, none could give me a solid answer......so i decided to try myself with the cheapest nvme - intel 600p. And it works according to the 600p specification on both read and write.

    Let me know if 960pro works according to spec...i am waiting for the 960evo
     
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    Sweet, glad to hear it. I will let you know as soon as i get it ;)
     
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    Yo, I've now finally recieved both the laptop and the SSD. Even though I went for a Asus Zenbook UX410UQ, it has the same motherboard as the UX310UQ. Installed the SSD and are getting slower speeds than what it is rated for, only 1850/1650 MB/s on CrystalDiskMark, compared to the rated 3500/2200 MB/s. How did it go with the EVO?
     
  10. siutoto

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    Hello! What a shame that I have bought the UX310 too early, otherwise I would prefer the bigger screen UX410 as well. I didn't buy 960EVO as the review of this drive in Tom's Hardware was quite bad, and not a big different compared to Intel 600P. At the end I chose the 950 PRO 256GB as the system drive.

    After seeing your message, I also ran my 950 PRO with CrystalDiskMark and I got 16xx/9xx MB/s. From our similar read results, I suspect that our motherboard may only support PCI3 2.0 x 4 which known to have a maximum speed of about 1.6GB/s.

    Alternatively, it can also be a limitation of PCle lanes that is available from the system - my i5-6200 can only support 12 lanes, the 940MX should have taken 8 lanes, one for WIFI mini card, so only 3 lanes remians for the M.2. And the maths seems to make sense to me:
    - My 950 PRO read is 2200MB/s - each lane is 550MB/s, 3 lanes = 1650MB/s. This can also apply to your write speed.

    Anyway, I will check my UX310 with HWIFO tonight and see if I can figure out something.
     
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