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SSD NVMe on GA-Z97-D3H it's possible?

SSD NVMe on GA-Z97-D3H it's possible?
« on: September 05, 2019, 03:13:30 pm »
My GA-Z97-D3H rev 1.1 have a M2-SSD conector but don't says what is the exact type of the M2 SSD. I only know that it supports 10 Gbps data transfer. Then, obviously, NVMe drives is not suported, right?

Then, i want to put a NVMe drive by an PCI-E adapter like this:

My question is if it is possible to use this and if the BIOS can start system trought this adapter.
I think so, because I put a PCI-E X1 adapter to spand SATA ports and I can boot in this SATA ports normally.
The only drawback is that booting via PCI-E adapter SATA ports is that booting takes longer because there is a delay in detecting plugged in devices.

Sorry my poor english.
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Re: SSD NVMe on GA-Z97-D3H it's possible?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2019, 05:44:53 pm »
NVMe is not natively supported on Z97 (Gigabyte) boards.  This support has to be in the BIOS.

Been a while this this was discusses or asked. (Bear with me)  :P

If I recall, another forum member here added support for it in a custom BIOS. 

Ya...  regit…

Maybe reach out to him?

I personally do not use modded BIOS, but as long as you know the risks, that's up to you. 

Using Add-In cards....  Can be hit or miss.  Some might work depending on chipset, BIOS rev, and others might not.  As you said however, a boot delay is likely during the detection phase. 


I don't personally recommend personally don't use modded BIOS, but at this juncture, the Z97 is old enough now that
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