booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines


  1. Posts : 15,181
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    booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines


    3rd gen intel processor lga1155 motherboard from a decade ago.


    Using the gigabyte f16 bios that adds nvme boot support to ga-b75m d3h motherboard.
    ga-b75m-d3h-f16-bios.7z

    Pcie x1 adapter if you only have an x1 slot available.

    Tihebeyan PCI-E to M.2 Adapter, Expansion Card Extender, PCI-E Riser Converter for M.2 NGFF Agreement NVME Hard Drive: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    The nvme disk shows up in bios like any other disk
    https://www.corsair.com/uk/en/Catego...D-F960GBMP510B

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    Testing speed of x1 adapter :

    booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines-mp510-gab75m-pcie-x1.jpg


    booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines-mp510-gab75m-pcie-x1-crystaldisk.jpg

    Even this x1 is pretty good especially the random speeds.

    Faster than a sata ssd and this particular model nvme has massive endurance rating.

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    Pcie x4 adapter on the same machine.

    booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines-nvme-force-mp51-pciex4.png

    booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines-mp510-gab75m-pcie-x4-crystaldisk.jpg
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  2. Posts : 15,181
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
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    It is worth considering if you can find an nvme disk at good price. You could find the nvme disk plus a pcie to nvme adapter is no more expensive than a sata ssd.
    Last edited by SIW2; 5 Days Ago at 22:31.
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  3. Posts : 6,086
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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    To those that do this may want to reference their motherboard manual to see if certain PCIe slots share bandwidth with an already used primary NVMe hard drive you may have installed...

    Obviously, if the computer doesn't already have an M.2 slot, then this doesn't apply to you.
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  4. Posts : 15,181
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
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    For people with machines that did not initially support nvme boot and didn't come with m2 nvme connection:

    The motherboard in the first post didn't come with nvme boot support.

    The gigabyte bios f16 added nvme support much later. There is no nvme m2 slot on the board so a cheap pcie adapter can be used.

    It works very well.
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    People with recent equipment that came with nvme boot support and an m2 nvme slot could add an extra nvme disk by using a pcie adapter.

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    If you are interested , good deals can be found. I got the nvme disk for half the price listed at corsair and have just been offered another at a price that is almost as good. Add an adapter for a fiver and heatsink for a fiver and thats considerably less than a samsung 870 evo sata ssd.
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  5. Posts : 15,181
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
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    x4 adapter in pcie 2.0 slot

    booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines-adpter-x4-pcie-2..0.jpg



    x1 adapter in pcie 2.0 slot

    booting nvme disk via pcie adapter on older machines-adpter-x1-pcie-2..0-random.jpg
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