This Dell-brand PCIe x16 NVMe adapter can host up to 4x NVMe M.2 solid state drives, providing super fast I/O of up to 9GB/s sequential read and 6GB/s sequential write speeds. This product is natively supported by recent generations of Dell Precision workstations (T5810/5820, T7810/7820, T7910/7920, and R7910/7920). Other systems with PCIe bifurcation support will need to change the BIOS settings for enabling PCIe 3.0 x16 bifurcation (x4x4x4x4).
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is PCIe slot bifurcation?
PCIe slot bifurcation is a method to split an existing x16 or x8 slot to x8x8, x8x4x4, x4x4x4x4, or x4x4 and likewise. This can be achieved from BIOS level if your motherboard supports this feature.
2. Can I install this adapter card on Dell PowerEdge servers?
PCIe slot bifurcation BIOS Setup options have been added for PowerEdge R630/R730/R730XD servers since BIOS Version 2.2.5. Some of the new 14G PowerEdge servers should support this feature as well. Please refer to the system owner's manual to confirm this information.
3. Can I install 4x M.2 SSD modules with different models and/or capacities?
With the PCIe 3.0 x4x4x4x4 bifurcation enabled, the adapter card will be recognized as four independent standard NVM Express controllers. You can mixed install any NVMe M.2 modules with different models and/or capacities. However, identical M.2 modules are recommended for creating a RAID 0 storage space (Windows 8/10), dynamic disk (Windows 7), or logical volume (Linux/macOS).