A: SSD7100 series NVMe RAID controllers are not compatible with Windows 7. You would need Windows 10 or later.
A: Please refer to the compatibility list provided for each SSD7100 RAID controller (under each model's Resources page). We do not recommend using these controllers with motherboards that use a PLX 8747 switch.
A: The SSD7101A-1 and SSD7120 cannot be used to boot. However, the SSD7102 and SSD7110 do support bootable NVMe drives or RAID arrays.
A: This is possible, but we recommend using the RAID controller's interface, NVMe Manager. NVMe Manager not only superior performance, it provides many monitoring functions for RAID arrays and individual drives, such as SMART and TBW (total bytes written).
A: SSD7100 Series RAID controllers only support NVMe M.2 drives. The Samsung 860 M.2 drive is a SATA drive, and cannot be used with this series.
A: SSD7100 Series controllers are compatible with any motherboard with a PCIe Gen 3 slot. A PCIe Gen 3 x16 slot is ideal, but it can be used with x8 or smaller, but the performance will be lower. You will also need a minimum of 16 available lanes in your CPU. If your CPU only has 16 lanes total, you will be able to use the SSD7100 RAID controller, but will be unable to use any other device that requires PCIe lanes.
A: PCIe slots associated with the VROC feature may limit performance. More information is available here.