M.2 drives & NIC ?


New member
Aug 16, 2018
Hi, all,

First off, these links are dead: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?threads/sticky-index-find-answers-here-fast.76899/

Does anyone have an x399 MEG Creation with 2 graphics cards & M.2 drives installed in the bays under the graphics cards? If so, any issues with overheating of the M.2 drives?

I'm changing out my old HDDs because they are slowly dying 1 by 1. I'd like to free up air flow space in the case by transitioning from HDDs to M.2 drives. The build is updated every 2 or more years as my needs change and HW dies. With 1 death recently of my 6 and 10 year old HDDs, it's time for them to go.

My usage is video and photo editing, working with complex CAD files, and because I'm impatient I stream video while I wait for editing/processing/redraws to finish.

Am trying to decide if I should remove the old Radeon HD7950 and use the MSI M.2 expander for new M.2s, or if it'll be fine to keep 2 graphics cards and stick the M.2s into the 3 slots on the MB. The way the x399 was laid out, 2 double slot graphics cards and the M.2 double slot expander card won't all fit.

I'll free up PCIe slots by removing old I/F cards, and am considering adding a NIC to get to 10Gbps. Anyone have a favorite?


The main parts in the current build are below.
CPU: AMD Threadripper 2990WX 3 GHz 32-Core OEM/Tray Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3 82.52 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: MSI MEG X399 CREATION EATX sTR4 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Flare X 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL14 Memory
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
TO BE REMOVED: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
TO BE REMOVED: Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
TO BE REMOVED: Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: NVIDIA Titan Xp 12 GB Video Card
Video Card: Radeon HD7950 DC2 3G D5
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Limited Edition ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA T2 1600 W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply


Jul 5, 2016
The M.2 shield has thermal pad shall lowering the temperature of the M.2 device.
You could monitor M.2's temperature in HWiNFO to check.