Article ID: 000032265 Content Type: Product Information & Documentation Last Reviewed: 12/20/2023

What Intel® Server Platform Configurations Support Non-Volatile Memory Express* (NVMe*)?


Intel® Server Boards and Intel® Server Systems and Intel® RAID Controller cards


Information about how to use Non-Volatile Memory Express* (NVMe*) on Intel® Server Boards and Intel® Server Systems.


How do I figure out which Intel® Server Platform Configurations Support NVMe*?


NVMe* is only supported on/with the following:


Tri-Mode RAID controllers cannot be used in combination with switch cards; therefore, you are limited to the number of ports on the Tri-Mode Controller.


Intel® Server Board families, out of the box. 

When using NVMe* drives, native support (for bootable purposes) is only possible on the following board families with the use of Intel® VROC:

Intel® Server Board D50TNP Family
Intel® Server Board M50CYP Family
Intel® Server Board S2600BP Family
Intel® Server Board S2600WF Family
Intel® Server Board S2600ST Family

Available VROC Keys, for different usages See also Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) Upgrade Key Installation Guide.

The following would require the use of special, add-in backplanes or PCIe* slots.

The use of NVMe* drives would only be as stand-alone. While you could create RAID volumes through either Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (Intel® RSTe) or RAID configuration from within the operation system, these would still be for storage purposes only. They are not bootable. 

Intel® Server Board S2600TP
Intel® Server Board S2600KP
Intel® Server Board S2600WT
Intel® Server Board S2600CW

Supported CPUs

Those within the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor family

NVMe* specific Hardware

Tri-Mode Intel® RAID Controllers and Intel® Storage Controllers, only:

The compatible Tri-Mode Intel® RAID Controllers are:

Intel® RAID Adapter RS3P4TF160F
Intel® RAID Adapter RSP3DD080F
Intel® RAID Adapter RSP3TD160F
Intel® RAID Adapter RSP3WD080E
Intel® RAID Adapter RSP3MD088F
Intel® RAID Module RMSP3AD160F
Intel® RAID Module RMSP3CD080F
Intel® RAID Module RMSP3HD080E

The compatible Tri-Mode Intel® Storage Controllers (for hard drive stand-alone use only; not for RAID) models are:

Intel® Storage Adapter RS3P4QF160J
Intel® Storage Module RMSP3JD160J
Intel® Storage Adapter RSP3QD160J

When using 2.5-inch drives

A special Hot Swap Backplane (HSBP) needs to be used for NVMe* support when using 2.5-inch drives [except the PCIe* card type of NVMe* drives (those that fit on a PCIe* slot)]:

For Intel® Server Board S2600CW Family FUP8X25S3NVDK: Hot-swap backplane PCIe* combination drive cage kit for the Intel® Server Chassis P4000 family supporting 2.5-inch NVM Express SSDs

For Intel® Server Board S2600ST Family AUP8X25S3NVDK: Hot-swap backplane PCIe* combination drive cage kit for the Intel® Server Chassis P4000 family supporting 2.5-inch NVM Express SSDs
A2U44X25NVMEDK2: 4P NVMe Kit for 2U R2000, x8 Host PCIe* Switch AIC, FH brackets, with 2U combo HSBP and cables, drive carriers Support

Additional Note

As for the use of 24x NVMe drives on the Intel® Server System R2224WFTZS, note the only way to achieve this is by using Intel® VROC and adding switch cards to the configuration:

4-port PCIe* Switch Add-in Card AXXP3SWX08040 any open PCIe* slot

8-port PCIe* Switch Add-in Card AXXP3SWX08080 any open PCIe* slot

For further information, refer to Drive Bay Module # 1 - NVMe* Cable Guide section of the Configuration Guide.


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