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Even with shipping this is a decent deal.
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Might grab a couple since my closest store has them. It's nice to have thermal pads and different profile brackets included.

Everything included can technically be had cheaper buying from china over ebay or whatever. But long shipping (if it ever arrives) makes this deal more reliable.
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I imagine if I were to try to use one of these with my older but quite serviceable Thuban Phenom II 1055T/Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 setup that I probably wouldn't be able to boot from it?
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I imagine if I were to try to use one of these with my older but quite serviceable Thuban Phenom II 1055T/Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 setup that I probably wouldn't be able to boot from it?
Unlikely. NVMe became available 2013-2014. The last BIOS update for your board was at end of 2012, and they were probably not about to invest in supporting a standard that was cutting edge new and had no physical slot on the board anyhow.

In fact, I think UEFI was coming out around that time too. I don't know of any board that supports NVMe with an old BIOS, not UEFI.

There was a product before then - Areca RAID cards? - that converted SATA drives to PCIe. I don't know if it was ever bootable, and you'd have to jump through a lot of hoops that are probably not worthwhile, stacking NMVe to SATA adapters with a card.

Anyhow, SATA SSDs are probably not a bottleneck on that system. Was an interesting question though.
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I imagine if I were to try to use one of these with my older but quite serviceable Thuban Phenom II 1055T/Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 setup that I probably wouldn't be able to boot from it?
That was my concern too - most likely these older motherboards won't boot from a PCIe SSD without some work. Apparently somebody used Clover [win-raid.com] to handle this for Windows 7, and a similar process might work for Windows 10. There is another solution using DUET [blogspot.com]. I searched for pcie ssd card legacy bios.
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Unlikely. NVMe became available 2013-2014. The last BIOS update for your board was at end of 2012, and they were probably not about to invest in supporting a standard that was cutting edge new and had no physical slot on the board anyhow.

In fact, I think UEFI was coming out around that time too. I don't know of any board that supports NVMe with an old BIOS, not UEFI.

There was a product before then - Areca RAID cards? - that converted SATA drives to PCIe. I don't know if it was ever bootable, and you'd have to jump through a lot of hoops that are probably not worthwhile, stacking NMVe to SATA adapters with a card.

Anyhow, SATA SSDs are probably not a bottleneck on that system. Was an interesting question though.
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That was my concern too - most likely these older motherboards won't boot from a PCIe SSD without some work. Apparently somebody used Clover [win-raid.com] to handle this for Windows 7, and a similar process might work for Windows 10. There is another solution using DUET [blogspot.com]. I searched for pcie ssd card legacy bios.
Thank you both for your thoughts and links......maybe I'll bite the bullet and upgrade at some point as I'd love to get on the NVME train...but <grinds teeth at using good components> despite being an "old" system - this setup with my 850 EVO still works pretty darn good..... Wink
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