I have an Asus x99-a motherboard that has numerous sata and sata express on-board connectors (some light grey and some dark grey). I need to figure out which of those connectors to use to connect to: 1. An SSD drive that will hold my OS 2. My 2 hard drives 3. My optical drive
Sorry for the newbie question... but I am a newbie
Thanks for your insight
Up by the main Power port to the board next to the ram slots you should see 2 gray ports. Those are primary ports 0 and 1 off the Intel controller which is definitely where you want the SSD. The next set of gray ports down with the other sata ports are also off the Intel controller. I would suggest putting the HDD's on those. The optical drive can be on gray or black.
And what about Asus x99 deluxe?
The X99 Deluxe 3.1 has a similar sata port arrangement. The ports closest to the main power or primary 0 and 1 ports on the Intel. The next 2 down should be the 2 and 3 ports for the Intel controller. Those would be the place to put the HDD's.