Will a M.2 SSD Work In An Intel Dual Xeon Server Board

Testing an M.2 in a Intel S2600CP Server Motherboard



For those that have been following, you have seen the previous video on my Dual Xeon Gaming system from an Intel S2600CP Server Motherboard. In the following years, I upgraded to an AMD 1700, and currently an Intel 11th Gen i9.

My daughter inherited the Dual Xeon Server computer in the DeepCool case. To help even out the computer for her the GPU was upgraded to a EVGA 1080 Ti, and the CPU’s were upgraded to dual 6 Core Intel Xeon E5-2643v2 running at 3.50ghz. A bit overkill for her Roblox sessions, but why not? It is still running the 64GB of ECC DDR ram.

While crusing along AliExpress, I ran across an M.2 to PCIe adapter card. I wanted to find out if this server motherboard would support running an M.2 SSD on a PCIE add in card. So, I purchased one and decided to experiment. Needless to say I was surprised. Not only did it work, but the speeds were impressive as well.

Will a M.2 SSD work on an Intel Dual Xeon Server Board

Yes, an M.2 PCIe expansion board will work on an Intel S2600CP Server Motherboard

Next test will be to see if I can make this board bootable off the M.2 SSD instead of the SATA SSD.

Below the link is to an M.2 to PCIe adapter card on Amazon (associates link). The original one I purchased on AliExpress (literally 3 weeks ago) is no longer available. If you want to find another on AliExpress, you can easy find multiple by searching for “PCIe to M.2”. As always, AliExpress is “hit or miss”, so look a bit closely, and read reviews to look for any obvious fake reviews.


System Specs:

Intel S2600CP Server Motherboard X79
2x Intel Xeon 6 Core E5-2643v2 3.50ghz
DeepCool RF120M 5x120mm RGB Fans
DeepCool RF120 120mm RGB Fan
DeepCool MATREXX 55 Case
64 GB DDR3 ECC Ram
EVGA 1080 Ti
Samsung 870 EVO SATA SSD 250GB
Samsung 980 PRO SSD 1TB NVMe M.2
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX PCIe
M.2 NVMe SSD NGFF to PCIE Adapter

Updated: April 7, 2024 — 3:44 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *