Minisforum MS-01 PCIe Card and RAM Compatibility Thread

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nickramsbottom

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I've just thrown a PNY RTX A2000 into my MS-01and it now won't post with the graphics card in. I left it for a good hour to make sure, is there something in the BIOS that I need to nudge? I'm going to try removing the card and seeing if it goes back to working. I've assumed the onboard graphics will still work even with the graphics card in there.

Edit: I've worked it out, you need to set the default display device to iGPU in advanced BIOS settings if you want to keep display on the onboard HDMI slot
 
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pf740

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Could someone clarify please if its possible to disable both sfp ports and or other ethernet ports ?

Thanks
 

wrath_of_reaper

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Hello, I just ordered a MS-01 with i5-12600H. The website states that DDR5-4800 is needed - does someone tried DDR5-5200 or DDR5-5600? Does this work?
 

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Hello, I just ordered a MS-01 with i5-12600H. The website states that DDR5-4800 is needed - does someone tried DDR5-5200 or DDR5-5600? Does this work?
Crucial has DDR5 kits that are 5600MHz (or 5200MHz or 4800MHz). In my MS-01 it detects as 5200.
 

wadup

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The ram is the same price so it will auto to the fastest speed but if you look up the specs on 12600h it looks like it is 4800.
 

dolfelt

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I have mine connected to a KTN-STL3 via a LSI 9207-8e (didn't need a faster card). Doing fine so far, running TrueNAS Core in a VM on proxmox with the HBA passed through. Performance seems to be what I would expect with the spinning disks.
Anyone have any ideas for cooling the LSI 9207-8e card? It definitely heats up my internal NVMe drives. Used to run at around 42C and now are up to 46-49C. Perhaps I'll look at putting a small fan in there, but unsure if there's another fan pin I could hook into. I'd rather not have cords sticking out.
 

Flixo

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and specially to those who have installed a „LSI 9300-8e“ into their MS-01. How do you checked if the card is working ? I‘ve booted into Ubuntu (latest Version) —> It‘s not showing up… Did you set something in the UEFI BIOS ? - In Legacy Boot Mode on other PC‘s i can see the PCIe Card after the POST - Should there be something similar in UEFI here ?

Many thanks in advance
 

dolfelt

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and specially to those who have installed a „LSI 9300-8e“ into their MS-01. How do you checked if the card is working ? I‘ve booted into Ubuntu (latest Version) —> It‘s not showing up… Did you set something in the UEFI BIOS ? - In Legacy Boot Mode on other PC‘s i can see the PCIe Card after the POST - Should there be something similar in UEFI here ?

Many thanks in advance
I'm running UnRaid, so not sure if that's making a difference, but it shows up with the drives attached. Do you have drives attached? Also, are do you know if the one you have is in IT Mode?

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[1000:0087] 01:00.0 Serial Attached SCSI controller: Broadcom / LSI SAS2308 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2 (rev 05)
[1:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD10EADS-00L xxxx  /dev/sdb   1.00TB
[1:0:1:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD10EADS-00L xxxx  /dev/sdc   1.00TB
[1:0:2:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD161KFGX-68 xxxx  /dev/sdd   16.0TB
[1:0:3:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD161KFGX-68 xxxx  /dev/sde   16.0TB
 

Flixo

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I'm running UnRaid, so not sure if that's making a difference, but it shows up with the drives attached. Do you have drives attached? Also, are do you know if the one you have is in IT Mode?

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[1000:0087] 01:00.0 Serial Attached SCSI controller: Broadcom / LSI SAS2308 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2 (rev 05)
[1:0:0:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD10EADS-00L xxxx  /dev/sdb   1.00TB
[1:0:1:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD10EADS-00L xxxx  /dev/sdc   1.00TB
[1:0:2:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD161KFGX-68 xxxx  /dev/sdd   16.0TB
[1:0:3:0]    disk    ATA      WDC WD161KFGX-68 xxxx  /dev/sde   16.0TB
its kind of embarrassing due to the fact that im working in IT for many years

the card was half a millimeter away from the perfect position / So I forcefully placed the card in the slot and now its recognized in the UEFI and Ubuntu

Thanks and Cheers
 

millercentral

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This week I received my N3rdcore cooler replacement for the RTX A4000 SFF Ada gpu, and with this, the card fits perfectly into the MS-01:

A4000 in the MS01 (Medium).jpg

I haven't started stress testing it yet, but it idles around 39 degrees, and peeks around 86 degrees when running Furmark. I haven't adjusted the fan curve (I haven't seen the fan go over 60%, so this will help), or attempted undervolting but the system seems very stable with the card in it. I am using the SlimQ 240W power supply, not sure if that is required.

I was also able add a Coral.AI M.2 A+E card to the M.2 slot previously occupied by the Wifi card, and that is working as well.

This thing is now an almost comically ridiculous amount of power in a tiny package. :)
 

BlueChris

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Guys, to all that have problems with some cards not working, have you tried the trick with the tape in the smbios pins of the card that you insert in the machines? you need to put a tape in the pins 5 to 8
 

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I did my best to skim this __77__ page thread for this information.

Is the Samsung 990 Pro with heatsink compatible with the fastest M.2 slot?

- without heatsink is 22.098mm tall
- with heatsink is 24.03mm tall

I'm aware that the Samsung 990 Pro without heatsink works.

Thank you.
I was able to fit these 5mm heatsinks with thermal pad on my MS01. Gotta say, I think 5mm is the absolute tallest I could have fit in there. It's literally touching the fan bracket.

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martinm2

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Earlier this week I ordered an MS-01 12900H and was planning to use it with a QNAP TL-D400S as a replacement/upgrade for a 10+ year old HP Microserver.

However, since I originally looked at this a couple of weeks ago, it has become very hard to find the TL-D400S in stock - even on the QNAP site. Are there any good alternatives for a compact 4 or 5 bay DAS, plus an HBA that will definitely fit/work in the MS-01? Preferably "just works" rather than self-build (though will consider latter at a pinch).

Or am I going to have to fall back to connecting it to a NAS? I've looked at a TerraMaster F4-424, but it would require replacing one of my gigabit switches to allow aggregation of the 2 x 2.5 GB ports on the NAS and/or SFP+ connectivity to the MS-01. As I have an Omada network, the minimum appears to be the TP-Link TL-SG3210XHP-M2 (8 x 2.5G, 2 x SFP+). But that switch alone costs more than the TL-D400S. The switch + NAS together are much more expensive, for a result that doesn't feel as neat and provides a third of the I/O bandwidth of the QNAP QXP-400eS-A1164 adapter bundled with the D400S.

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EDIT: Since writing, I've found a sole TL-D800S in stock at a local UK reseller. Slightly bigger and more expensive than I'd hoped for with the TL400S, but close enough, so ordered it. It'll give me space for a hot spare for the ZFS pool, at least.

Re-reading the original STH MS-01 review, I'd somehow missed the reference to LSI SAS 3008 (9300-8e) compatibility which answers the HBA question above, and paired with say a refurbed HP MSA-60 disk shelf might have been a very cost-effective + expandable option - if I had the space and noise tolerance.

Someone also privately pointed out that an OWC Thunderbay 4 Thunderbolt-attached NAS might be a possibility, and would be a neat one physically. However, it's only 20% cheaper than the TL-800S for half the bays and seems to be a road less travelled.
 
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