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    Resolved [RESOLVED] Looking for a specific piece of hardware PCIe M.2 M key

    I am trying to find a card that supports dual or more M keys for NVMe.

    I can find these that have them with the M and B keys together but am wondering if they make a dual or more with M keys. I have been looking but I cannot seem to find anything. I don't know if they even make anything like that or if it's possible. All I find seems to support the sata speed with it and I'm not looking for that. I have the available slots if I need to go with singles I guess but I was trying to avoid the headache.

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    No, that's the thing. I don't want the base B key. Only the M. I wanted to know if they made cards that supported 2 or more NVMe's without the B. I'm trying to completely rid myself of sata altogether.

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    Not sure exactly what you are trying to achieve. What motherboard are you planning to use? Some have 2 M.2 slots built in. Or you could use 2 adapter cards in 2 PCIe slots.

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    I know that I can use 2 different slots to accomplish this. I wanted to know if there was a PCIe card that supported 2 or more NVMe cards instead of m.2 m and a m.2 b. I just didn't know if it was physically possible considering 1 card is taking up 4 lanes to transfer data and with 2 m.2 m drives on one PCIe card if it would/could happen or has happened. I have 3 M.2 M slots onboard and will quickly fill that up. I can offload that for now but am looking for a way to keep the storage right here. If it helps my motherboard is the gigabyte x399 designare. I am only using one PCI slot for video so I have 4 available. This is the machine that I was protecting in the other thread about the line isolator.

    If max support is one NVMe then would this work?

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...iption=m2+nvme

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    That is along the lines of what I'm looking for. I am reading that and see that VROC is only intel supported which requires me to buy the Intel VROC STD CPU HW RAID KEY which I am not quite sure exactly what that is. I am going to have to do some reading before investing but it does seem to be something to look into. This became complicated quick.

    Ok I'm glad I didn't post, I did find out what the raid key was. 100 bucks for that? Wow. I may have to think about this.

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    There may be other options. The market for what you are looking for isn't large. You need to use a PCIe slot with lots of data lanes to support multiple M.2 cards. Most people use 1 SSD for booting and store their data on a magnetic drive, while using the x16 PCIe slot for their graphics card. For a server, they just buy a much larger capacity (and much larger priced) SSD. If your are looking at SSD RAID, that is likely to be pricey no matter what option you go with.

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    Another link to check out:

    https://www.icydock.com/nvme_m2

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    Price wasn't the issue on the ASUS Hyper M.2/Intel VROC setup stuff, it was just new to me. By thinking about it, I should have stated that I have to do more research into it before hand. I would like for the setup to go as cleanly as possible. The money I put into this also dictates how much I put into protecting it so I want to get my research in.

    It does look like what I'm interested in.
    Last edited by Ashalon1; March 27th, 2019 at 06:28 PM.

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