so i'm putting together a 16 core dual xeon watercooled workstation, inside of a cubical case made out of glass and very expensive hardwood teak. i am using a Lenovo Thinkstation D30 motherboard (pictured). specs listed here
i'd like to put my OS on a SSD.
is it possible to boot from a m.2 drive such as the samsung 950, using a pcie 4x to m.2 adaptor? such as the
has the intel 750 PCIe drive boot time issue been resolved? i've heard its slow to boot but fast as hell once online.
i can live with regular SSD's, but if there is a faster option i'd like to go with that. i'm just having a hard time figuring out if its even possible to boot from pcie drives with it.
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Hi anon. I have a Intel 750, but I don't boot off of it, and I heard only a few mobo's support that. I've never heard of a workstation class mobo being used to NOT virtualize something, which renders boot time rather moot. Boot off a regular SSD, where you also put porn and vidya, put VMs on the Intel 750, and done.
It's been my experience that OEM boards tend to be... funky in non OEM systems. Have you looked into a Supermicro or Asus board?
OTOH, if the board is cheap enough, then maybe it's worth it, or buying the D30 entirely and gutting it to fit your needs.
Op, gtfo with this idea. Thinkstations are meh, really. Honestly, get a Z10PED16 WS. It's made for being awesome and it's the top dual cpu workstation mobo around. Yes, even better than EVGAs SR stuff.
Also, you can take advantage of the E5-2600 v3 lineup, which go up to 18 cores per cpu. Dafuq you gonna do with 36 cores / 72 threads though? Dat 256gb RAM tho.
Be our meme lord, build this system. Speccy plz.
Probably not, the mobo's BIOS has to either support NVMe natively (which it probably won't, because of the age), or have proper, fully standards compliant support for UEFI drivers stored on PCIe cards, which almost none of them do.