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M900 Tower & SFF: Samsung M.2 NVMe SSD 960 970 - how to install, check throughput (PCIe card)

Hello,

 

I have a M900 and an Samsung NVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2. On the Aminboard is a slot for a M.2 device. This is not the right one for the Samsung SSD. So I have bought an adapter (aqua computer - kyroM.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NGFF PCIe SSD, M-Key mit Passivkühler). After installing (PCIeSlot 4x) and booting the SSD is not recognized in the BIOS and in Windows (10 Prof. 64Bit).

Where is the problem? Is the adapter wrong?

 

Mod:  edited the Subject line with a problem description

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2

That card you ordered definitely is not right.

 

I think this StarTech PCIe card is more what you need.

 

Supports PCIe M.2 SSDs

The adapter supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (M Key) and PCIe-AHCI M.2 SSDs including 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 drives. The expansion slot adapter supports the most common drive sizes including 110 mm, 80 mm, 60 mm and 42 mm.

 

 

Here's another card that is also acceptable.

 

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2

OK, thanks.

 

I buy the adapter. After the test I will post the result.

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2

This thread may help getting it operational:   M900: how to boot from M.2 SSD (NVMe)

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2

OK. I've get the adapter.

 

The good news:

the ssd works fine.I had cloned my SATA-SSD with Windows with the Samsung migration tool to the M.2-SSD. The system is booting without any problem. Thanks for that.

 

But is there something to optimize (?):

The adapter is for the PCIe 1x Slot. In the 16x Slot is the graphic-card, the 4x-Slot is free.

Now IO have rum the perfomance Benchmark in the samsung Magican software:

Seq. read MB/s: 898 / write: 768

random (IOPS): read: 211,896 / write: 170,293

 

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2



The adapter is for the PCIe 1x Slot. In the 16x Slot is the graphic-card, the 4x-Slot is free.

 


It can use 4 channels.   Suggest moving it to the x4 slot.  

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2

Yes, that's my plan. But the Adapter dosen't fit to the 4x-Slot.

 

If anyone has a link to the Plan of the mainboard, it will helps me.

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2

Some questions can be answered with the 'Hardware Maintenance Manual' for your system, such as:   What expansion slots do I have?  And what ports, on the back and inside?   Installing memory.   Replacing the CMOS battery.   Adding a second drive.   How to recover from a failed BIOS update?   Go to the Lenovo Support page for your system, select the 'Documentation' tab, and 'Hardware Maintenance Manuals' on the left side. 

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2

OK. In the manual I find for the slot in which the m.2-ssd is (page 34, No. 24):

PCI Express card slot (physical link width x16, negotiable link width x4, x1

 

This means, that the full speed must be able?

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Re: ThinkCentre M900 Desktop SamsungNVMe SSD 960 EVO M.2


@ede321 wrote:

Yes, that's my plan. But the Adapter dosen't fit to the 4x-Slot.



I'm sure the second x16 slot in the M900 works exactly the same way it does in other boards, e.g. same as it does in my own new ASUS Z170-Deluxe. These are both Skylake chipset boards.  Even though the PCIe card can physically fit in a shorter X1 slot (from a gold pins point of view), it can also physically fit in the front portion of the longer x16 slot.  And no doubt it can negotiate its x4  speed from there.

 

The PCIe-M.2 daughtercard you bought is really exactly the same as the "Hyper M.2 X4 Mini Card" that came with my ASUS board, and which also can fit into an available x16 negotiable-speed slot.  In fact I did just that when I built my own ASUS-based desktop machine recently, into which I installed a new M.2 Samsung 960 Pro NVMe card for use as my system drive.

 

The expansion slots of my Z170-Deluxe board are described as (there are THREE x16-length slots, potentially two used for dual-graphics SLI at dual x8 configuration, and the third maxed at x4 mode e.g. for this PCIe-M.2 daughtercard):

 

  • Expansion Slots
    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
    4 x PCIe x1

 

I'm sure the M900 motherboard works the same way.  You should install your new daughtercard in the second x16 slot, from which it should negotiate its x4 speed correctly.

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