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I make it short. I bought the Asus Hyper M.2 Gen 4 PCIe card to add a RAID 0 configuration to my setup. I already had 3 SSD’s installed on the ASUS TRX-40 Gaming Mainboard. 2x ADATA Gen 3 and 1x Corsair MP600 Gen 4. Adding the card was easy, configuring it not.

Lack of instructions

The booklet provided with the Hyper card is laughable, at best. Yes, it shows you how to add M.2 SSD’s and mentions briefly what you need to change in your Intel or AMD based System BIOS. What it doesn’t tell you is the following, specifically for the TRX-40 Mainboard.

You need to remove ALL your internal NVMe drives in order for the BIOS to recognize the Hyper M.2 SSD’s in the RAIDXpert2 screens.

Yes, that’s the trick… and of course the following:

  • BIOS -> Advanced Settings -> Onboard Configuration -> PCIe Slot x = RAID
  • BIOS -> Advanced Settings -> SATA Configuration -> NVMe RAID = Enabled
  • You don’t need SATA = RAID, only if you need the AMD RAID Installer to be able to provide RAID drivers, but my RAID works without that, too
  • When creating the Array in RAIDXpert2 and then booting into Windows, Press Windows + X and select the Disk Utility where you then should see your SSD’s as single entities
  • Rightclick on one of the drives and create your RAID type. I have chosen RAID 0 (Striped) to get the speed advantage. I’m making sure, I backup what I need as RAID 0 goes down whenever one of the SSD’s thinks it’s lifespan is over.

That’s it! A whole day gone for just trying infinite combinations on what could have been wrong. Is the card defective? Are the SSD’s not good enough (I use Corsair MP600 XT‘s). The read/writes are phenomenal. With 2 SSD’s installed you get around 1 Gb/sec with the Corsair ones.

I hope this lifeline is helpful for some of you out there!

And yes, I run the setup without the heatsink cover! The fan is still spinning and I have good airflow in the case. I did it for the looks of it 🙂