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Solved M.2 to PCIe adapter on 2012 motherboard

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by FalvinP, Sep 1, 2019.

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  1. FalvinP

    FalvinP Thread Starter

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    My current rig, built in Spring 2012, includes an Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard with an Intel Core i7 3770K processor running Windows 10 Home. My boot drive is a 500 Gb Samsung 850 Evo ssd, of which 150 gigs are being used. I have three Western Digital Black HDD data drives for a total capacity of 2 terabytes, of which a total of about 520 gigs are being used between the three drives.

    I’m thinking about upgrading the three data drives into one, 1Tb, ssd. I plan to build a new rig in one to two years, so I didn’t want to spend the extra dollars to get the sata Samsung 860 Pro. I decided to get the Evo version instead. Then I read about an M.2 to PCIe adapter that would allow an M.2 Nvme ssd to be installed in a socket on a PCIe expansion card. I have an available PCIe 3.0 slot. I read somewhere that an older bios (uefi) might not support the nvme standard. I’m running the most recent bios available for this board, which is version 2104, dated 9/18/2013. I’m thinking that the nvme standard wasn’t out yet when the most recent bios was released. Release notes for the bios just say that it “improves system stability.” I don’t know of any way to conclusively determine whether the board supports nvme, but I’m thinking that it probably doesn’t, so I’ll probably be stuck with a sata 2.5 inch ssd. Am I correct in my thinking?
     
  2. crjdriver

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    I doubt even asus can give you a definitive answer. That board is now 7yr old and no one [not even asus] is going to do the necessary testing to determine IF the system will support a nvme type drive.
    I have never been a fan of the adapter cards to install a M.2 format drive. Just my opinion however hardware of one era very often does not play well with hardware from a different era.
     
  3. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    I don't remember how many years ago I got my Asus motherboard I'm still currently using in my desktop. It's a P9X79 WS. I'm currently running an Intel P3608 NVMe drive factory mounted to a PCIe card. It's been running fine for years. I also tried a U.2 to PCIe adapter on the same motherboard. The drive I tested was I think a Micron 9300 NVMe drive. That one worked fine too.

    The only thing the motherboard doesn't support is booting from an NVMe drive. I'm not saying your motherboard is going to support NVMe drives. Just relaying my experience with an old motherboard. I also had the drives on hand already so testing was no big deal.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Looks like your board has received bios updates clean up to Aug of 18 so it would have a good chance of having support.
    The latest bios for the original poster's board is 6yr ago so it is doubtful [however not impossible] that it will support nvme type drives.
     
  5. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    I have to check my BIOS version. But pretty sure I didn't update to the latest yet when I installed the NVMe drives.
     
  6. FalvinP

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    Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. You all pretty much confirmed what I was thinking, i.e. newer hardware not working well with older hardware . It's not worth it to me to buy an Nvme drive only to have it not recognized in the bios, necessitating an rma etc. I'll just go with my original plan for now. Since the drives are around 6+ years old, and although I have backups, I thought I'd do the minor update to be proactive against a potential disaster. Thanks again.
     
  7. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Just wanted to follow up on my BIOS version situation. I'm running version 4701 which according to Asus was released on 9/10/2014. So the BIOS version is quite old and has no problems supporting NVMe drives. I'll update to the newest version when I get the chance to see if it provides the ability to boot from NVMe....but I'm not holding my breath. Especially since this motherboard has no onboard native support for M.2.
     
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