NVMe on Intel S2600CP

zhoulander

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Any ideas if a E5-16xx V2 chip will work in this board? ARK only lists the 26xx v1/v2 series, but wondering if 16xx chip will work fine in single processor configuration.
 

zanechua

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I can't believe they blundered something that badly.
It doesn't exist if you use v2 CPUs though. So if you have access to that then you can essentially get rid of that bug. :)

I'm using E5-2670s with a S2600CP4 board and a GTX 1060 at PCIe 2.0 and it runs pretty well. I don't think there's that much of a performance drop for me at least.
 

Monoman

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Which 1060? Did you need to do anything specific to work? Which forbear versions? Thanks!!
 

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Which 1060? Did you need to do anything specific to work? Which forbear versions? Thanks!!
Zotac GTX 1060 Mini, anything larger and it wouldn't get past the additional ram slots. Not really I think?

Pretty straight forward bios settings.

forbear?
 

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Hahaha. I was thinking if it really was firmware or you were asking something specific.

I just use the latest S2600CP4 firmware. There's a guide in this thread for the downgrade and I can do it perfectly well so I'm not really afraid of it. The GPU doesn't work well with the downgraded firmware anyway. I don't think it even boots.
 
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Hahaha. I was thinking if it really was firmware or you were asking something specific.

I just use the latest S2600CP4 firmware. There's a guide in this thread for the downgrade and I can do it perfectly well so I'm not really afraid of it. The GPU doesn't work well with the downgraded firmware anyway. I don't think it even boots.
Perfect. Thanks for the info. Mine would arrive next week. I'm shopping for video cards so this helps.
 

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Yeah. I actually wasn't intending on buying a new graphics card. I had a GTX 770 but it was so long and it couldn't fit in the first slot so it was running on PCIe 1.0 for awhile until I got the GTX 1060 Mini. I think the GTX 1070 Mini would fit also if you need the additional graphics performance. I didn't so I didn't see a need to spend more on the graphics card.
 
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zhoulander

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Any ideas if a E5-16xx V2 chip will work in this board? ARK only lists the 26xx v1/v2 series, but wondering if 16xx chip will work fine in single processor configuration.
Answering my own question: It works. Booted up with a E5-1650 V2 on BIOS R02.06.0005.
 

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I've read the thread but I'm getting mixed answers when it comes to using NVMe as a boot drive.

On latest/recent firmware, can I:

1. use a PCIe NVMe SSD as boot drive? example: Samsung MZVPV256HDGL

2. I've read some NVMe drives (example: plextor M6e(A) M.2 2280) can be booted on non-UEFI motherboards. Would these work?

Thanks a lot
 
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Dominick Han

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I have been trying to get this to work without success, I'm guessing it is probably some BIOS setting I am missing. First, I am not trying to make the NVMe device boot the system. I'd just like to be able to use the drive as a storage device.

The setup S2600CP2J board with 2xE5-2670v1, 128gb ram. Nothing else attached. Boots fine to EFI shell or from USB device.

Insert Samsung 950 EVO NVMe M2 device in a PCIe adapter Amazon.com: Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter (Support M.2 PCIe 2280, 2260, 2242): Computers & Accessories and the machine freezes during POST. The code it freezes at should be a Memory User Error (PMIE which detected User Recovery Condition). The weird thing is if I try to interrupt the bootup and go to setup, I can as long as it is before that step. From there it boots fine into EFI shell and I am able to see the NVMe device as a block device(which I was super surprised by).

Normally I'd figure this is something wacky with the device or the adapter, but when I put it into another system, it works flawlessly (E5-2670 based SunFire 4170-x3). And even when I put it into an older system which shouldn't support it at all it was still working as a block device albeit at reduces speeds since it was in a PCIe v2 slot (E5540 based SunFire 4170 system).

Anyway I thought I'd just ask to see if anyone else had a similar issue on this board or anything else. I'm going to toss a post over to the Intel forums as well. Sounds like a BIOS problem to me
I'm ordering 2650 v2 *2, just curious would I be able to directly boot off a NVMe drive (960 evo probably)?
Thanks for all the comments on this thread! Helped a lot!
(Just installed 1080ti..thank god updated BIOS. now running newest BIOS from July 2017)
 

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I'm ordering 2650 v2 *2, just curious would I be able to directly boot off a NVMe drive (960 evo probably)?
Thanks for all the comments on this thread! Helped a lot!
(Just installed 1080ti..thank god updated BIOS. now running newest BIOS from July 2017)
Wow. I wasn't expecting a bios update for S2600 boards.
 

zanechua

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It was a small bug fix I think...now I can't sleep for some reason (before it would only go to S1 and resume normally), now it tries to go to S3 and never wakes up
I never got the S2600 board to sleep/wake properly. Sometimes even Restart/Shutdown had issues.
 

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Great, long life thread. I have been able to get a Samsung 950 to boot but cant realy get around to getting it configured right in UEFI boot mode. Any suggestions?
 

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Great, long life thread. I have been able to get a Samsung 950 to boot but cant realy get around to getting it configured right in UEFI boot mode. Any suggestions?
Been there, solved it
In short you have to use EFI shell to load the NVMe driver so you can use it as a boot device
Msg me on fb and I'll walk you through :) Dominick Han (Anyone who's trying to get NVMe to work can msg me :) )