Any way to install a NVMe card in this MoBo M4A88TD-V EVO ?

  1. Posts : 133
    Windows 10 & Ubuntu Studio

    Any way to install a NVMe card in this MoBo M4A88TD-V EVO ?

    M4A88TD-V EVO

    Assuming I could use a NVMe card with an adaptor maybe, what type exactly the NVMe card would be?

    I suppose an Optane card would be too much to ask...

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  2. Posts : 13,981
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint

    The board image shows choices of slots so maybe something here would work:
    ssd pcie nvme card adapter at DuckDuckGo
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  3. Posts : 4,453
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708

    I believe that an NVME SSD would require a PCI-E X4 slot. (You can insert such a card into an X8 or X16 slot.)

    You could buy a PCI-E slot form factor SSD, or an M.2 card and use it with an adapter. (Make sure it's X4.)

    The motherboard that you list has PCI-E 2.0 slots rather than PCI-E 3.0. 2.0 has a bandwidth of 500 MB/s per lane, so at X4 that'd be 2 GB/s. That could limit the fastest SSDs.

    I don't know what the consequences are of using an NVME SSD in a system that does not support NVME. I think it'd be OK, and I doubt that there'd be a significant speed penalty in a desktop PC. (Servers would benefit more.)

    As far as I know, and Optane SSD functions like a regular SSD. If you wanted to use a small Optane drive for caching, that would require a 7th generation Intel CPU with a matching motherboard, but that's not what you want to do.

    One might ask what the heck you're doing trying to mate new tech to a 2010 motherboard, but that would be rude.
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  4. Posts : 25
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    The board advertises USB 3.0, SATA 6gb/s, DDR3 and PCIe 2.0. It does not mention newer USB-C, NVMe, DDR4, PCIe v3.0 or Thunderbolt. That tells me your board is before PCIe NVMe and the Intel Optane. As suggested, you'll need a third party adapter to use a PCIe NVMe cards and even the Samsung 960 and 970 series will probably benchmark below 3000/2000, but it's still going to be +3 times faster than SATA III at 6gb/s.
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  5. Posts : 4,554

    If you want to boot from the nvme drive, you can use Clover/Duet boot manager on a usb stick.
    Braver geeks can insert an nvme module into their mobo bios.
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