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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-15-2020, 09:43 AM - Thread Starter
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PCI Express adapter for 2x nVME SSDs

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I have recently built a mATX NAS which resides in my attic, it has a Gigabyte B450 motherboard with a Ryzen 1200 CPU and 16 GB DDR4. The GPU is a measly GT210 from back in the day but it gets the job done.
There are currently 4x storage devices connected to it: 1x 4 TB SATA HDD, 1x 8 TB SATA HDD, 1x10 TB external USB 3.0 HDD and the OS drive which is a Samsung 970 Pro (250 GB).

I have Gigabit fiber connected, and so my downloads are really fast, therefore I am currently using my SSD for temporary download storage. After download is completed, the files are automatically moved to the HDDs for long term storage. However, when I queue multiple downloads and they don't finish sequentially, my SSD fills up with temporary files.

I have been looking for a PCI Express adapter which would allow me to mount two PCI Express 3.0 nVME drives, using 8x PCI Express lanes. I found several products that might fit the requirements, but I'm not sure how well they perform. The last thing I want to do is having to frequently crawl up to my attic and fiddle with the NAS, so I am asking the community for advice. Have you bought/used such an adapter, and if so, what are your recommendations?

I have found the following:
JEYI iHyper-Pro m.2 X16 TO 4X NVME
I also saw this realy expensive product, which costs more than my entire NAS:
JEYI X4X4 4*NVME PCIE 3.0 GEN2 TO NVME ASMEDIA 2824

Anyway, if you know of a better, more reliable (and tested!) such product, please tell me

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Thank you but 1. Those cards are insanely expensive, 2. they are only available in two stores in all Europe (stores which add a healthy price increase to the cards) and 3. what those cards offer is way, way overpowered for what I need.

I need one PCI Express card which acts as a passthrough for two PCIe 3.0 4x SSDs. It doesn't need to have hardware RAID or any other fancy functionality.

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OK, make sense.

I don't remember now, It was few months ago, on one of the Singularity Computer videos, he was doing very short review and then installing 4x NVME's onto PCIe adapter, maybe on your spare time you might want to look that up, I'm sure there will be comments and inquiries and some answers from Daniel about that adapter, It might be some help to you.
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Could have been the M.2 XPANDER-AERO add-on card, which I don't think it's being sold separately.

I guess I'll go for the JEYI cards, I already have one such adapter from JEYI which supports only one nVME SSD and I use it in my main PC with a 1TB Samsung 970 EVO SSD. I keep my most used games on it, works perfectly.

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As far as I understand it it's just a PCB that splits the electrical lanes from PCIe connector to what ever SSD connectors you want as long as you want NVMe. Hence they are fairly inexpensive.
But your motherboard also has to play along with this splitting. That's why expensive and with RAID and what not cards that have an extra controller also exist for who knows who as the market for this to me seems rather small as anyone serious (business) will not buy these kind of cheap adapters from nonames.
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Update: I asked Gigabyte whether their B450 mATX motherboard supports PCI Express bifurcation. It doesn't. There are two options:
1. Research and implement a custom firmware to enable the functionality
2. Give up.

In the end I will buy a single-unit adapter (9 dollars on AliExpress) and just use one nVME SSD in the PCI Express slot.

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On amazon.de there is a expansion card that can hold 2x m.2 nvme drives. I've never heard of the brand etc, but here is a link : https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1245...x-m2-card.html
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Not sure if it’ll work on your MB but the Asus Hyper M.2 adapter works great for me

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I've tested these three:
Syba I/O Crest SI-PEX40129 (dual) or the SI-PEX40152 (quad)
High Point SSD7101A-1

The SSD7101A works good on current hardware but requires windows 10. This is running in my X79 rig without issue but wouldn't work on a 790i chipset (while very obsolete implies there could be others out there not compatible)
The I/O Crest cards work on Win7/10/Debian. I haven't found anything that these won't work on.

NVME drives tested: Samsung 950 pro, 970 evo+, and 970pro. The ACHI still works on the 950pro, and none had any issues noted.

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