[Request]better understanding of how to get every ounce of power i can get from this old motherboard

[GLOTRENDS M.2 PCIe NVMe 4.0/3.0 Adapter with 0.14 Inch Thick M.2 Heatsink for M.2 PCIe SSD (NVMe and AHCI), PCI-E GEN4 Full Speed, Desktop PC Installation (PA09-HS)]
[Western Digital 500GB WD Blue SN550 NVMe Internal SSD - Gen3 x4 PCIe 8Gb/s, M.2 2280, 3D NAND, Up to 2,400 MB/s - WDS500G2B0C]
windows 11 pro
pure 64bit Intel USB 3.0 Drivers v1.0.10.255 mod+signed by Fernando with DPInst option
pure ASMedia USB 3.0+3.1 Drivers v1.16.61.1 WHQL for Win10 incl. DPInst

NVMe PCIe M.2 adaptor will only achieve the MAX of PCIe 3.0 x4 @ slot1 x16 blue and only if a i5 or higher Ivy-Bridge cpu on it.
All other PCIe slots White/Black x16 are PCIe 2.0
Only the 2 white SATA ports can achieve GEN3 SATA 6Gbps.

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I tried putting video card to 2.0 and brought nvme pcie m.2 adaptor up to blue slot with a i5 cpu 2400 and no difference.

Did you told us this… or any important hw details, you didnt so are we any kind of fortune tellers here on the forum???

I said IvyBridge cpu (3xxx) not SandyBridge (2xxx)…yours, and not i3 only i5 or i7 will have PCIe GEN3 support on Intel 7 Series, over_n_out.

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