Article ID: 000032265 Content Type: Product Information & Documentation Last Reviewed: 04/22/2022

What Intel® Server Platform Configurations Support NVMe*?

Environment

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

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Summary

How to use Non-Volatile Memory Express* (NVMe*) on Intel® Server Boards and Intel® Server Systems

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NVMe* is only supported on/with the following:
 

  1. 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.

    1. 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
       

  2. The supported CPUs are those within the Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor family
  3. As for NVMe on hardware Tri-Mode Intel® RAID Controllers and Intel® Storage Controllers, only:
    1. 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

    2. 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

  4. 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

  5. As for the use of 24x NVMe drives on the Intel® Server System R2224WFTZS, note the only way to achieve this is by using 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.

 

Note

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

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