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Bygons 2 days ago

Ignoring the obvious form factor issues for a moment.

Would a PCIe expansion card work if connected somehow to a M.2 slot?

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bucketofcrud12 4 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

in theory, it could probably be done.

Shakaron 7 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Only if the M.2 socket supports PCIe. Not all of them do. Some are just using the SATA III interface but not the PCIe.

bucketofcrud12 4 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

yes, but how many sockets these days dont have PCIe support?

GeorgeReorgeRartinMartin 1 point 1 day ago

It's not impossible. It's just not very practical. But there's been all sorts of wonky solutions over the years for a variety of use cases.

Generally motherboards should have native PCI-E slots that would make a m.2 to PCI-E adapter sort of pointless. My other concern would be does the m.2 interface deliver as much power as a standard PCI-E x2 or x4 slot? Given the intended purpose of m.2, and the low power requirements of SSDs I would imagine that it wouldn't. I don't know for sure, but in that case, you would be pretty limited from that angle too.

DrLitch 1 Build 1 point 13 hours ago

If socket supports PCIe then yes you could do it. Double check with mobo specs/manual regarding compatibility - not just the slot itself but the device that will occupy the expansion card.