this what you meant?
How to configure VMware ESXi 6.5.x for VMDirectPath I/O pass-through of any NVMe SSD, such as Windows Server 2016 installed directly on an Intel Optane P4800X booted in an EFI VM | TinkerTry IT @ Home
interesting indeed. am building a new node and the only 8gb usb drive i found was a silicon power. 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7 all can't find the drive. checked if it was a driver issue or what-not. went to the Virtualization section of our forums and saw your post.
tried my spare 32gb sandisk...
got me one of those HP 649281-B21 and a qsfp cable recently to connect my 2 nodes directly for VM storage traffic.
am now looking at plugging the other port to the 6450 which am still shopping for.
newb question: i am gonna need something like the MAM1Q00A-QSA to connect the HP nic to the 6450...