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Chipset Requirements for Booting off of NVMe Drives?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I grabbed a well price Dell R410 Server online and was planning on installing Proxmox VE on it but then realized I probably don't want to put the main OS on the ZFS storage pool. So I started looking at Basic SATA SSDs but I can't spot any free ATX power connectors for that (which is weird because there is a Spare SATA II for the optical drive). So I started looking at M.2 drives in PCIE adaptors. However I need to know before jumping in, can I even boot off an NVMe drive on that era of computer? Are there some chipset requirements for that? Or does it just emulate a SATA device on older generation devices and it's all fine and dandy?

I found two well priced candidates:

Samsung PM961: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/x64NnQ/samsung-pm961-128gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-mzvlw128hegr-00000 (Don't snatch those all up ha)
Adaptor: https://www.amazon.com/Lycom-DT-120-PCIe-Adapter-Support/dp/B00MYCQP38

EDIT: Anyone see any issue with this combo on this older motherboard?
mSATA to PCIE Adaptor: https://www.amazon.com/SEDNA-Express-Adapter-Profile-included/dp/B00WCZTX68

32GB Samsung mSATA SSD: https://www.ebay.com/p/Samsung-M-2-mSATA-32gb-Solid-State-SSD-Mzmpc032hbcd-000h1/4010716033?iid=392122900409

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Z97 at least. 


There are guides online on how to mod your BIOS to get that working on older motherboards. Not all of them though. 

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I don't know for your particular hardware, however when I had a 990fxa motherboard and an AMD FX8320, I could not use an NVMe drive on a riser card as a boot drive. I could use it for storage, but that's it.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Yeah I was just about to answer my own question from this here: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000026416/memory-and-storage.html

"PCIe* NVMe*-based SSDs require specific hardware, BIOS and driver support to be used as a boot device.  See below for some requirements for a successful installation."

So anyone have a good recommendation for ~$50 USD solution on how to get another drive in my system? Don't have any easily available ATX power for SATA drives, so I'm basically stuck with USB Boot drives (not recommended) or something over the PCIe slot.

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