I managed to temporarily get 2 SuperServer 5028D-TN4T loaners. One of them already traveled 6,440 miles with me earlier this month, as I demonstrated the capabilities at Microsoft in Indianapolis, then over to the San Francisco Bay area to hang with a bunch of virtualization, storage, and Silicon Valley titans. The connections I made there, and VMworld, are pretty exciting, more details soon.
The key feature that this brief first-look video covers is the M.2 interface, which is PCIe 3.0, with x4 lanes. This means I can get FULL speeds out of my future M.2 investments, such as this little guy that's been available in limited quantities these past few months:
and I get to keep my triple 4K output AMD GPU in the PCI slot.
I just ran ATTO Disk Benchmark from Windows 10, and I'm rather pleased with the results!* Onward to the next tests...for now, I'll just leave you to imagine the posssibilities that having 3 such servers (temporarily) affords me ;-)
As you'll see in the picture, this is the:
model. Had it started with MZVPV, that would be the elusive NVMe model. I knew what i was getting, with the accurate Amazon description.
*Too bad these M.2 drives aren't seen by VMware's ESXi 6.0 Update 1, looking into that...and not sure why my writes aren't performing as fast as they're supposed to.
Sep 25 2015 Update - Fixed! Just add the AHCI driver, discussed here.
- My testing of an Intel 750 PCI Express NVMe is happening tonight!
This Week in Computer Hardware: TWiCH 334: Oculus, Minecraft, and 4TB SSDs
At this spot in yesterday's episode, listen in as Patrick Norton and Ryan Shrout discuss the launch.
- First look - Intel 750 Series NVMe PCIe SSD in a Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T
- Home Server Show Meetup 2015 - My experience and my Superserver presentation
PCIe SSD Roundup - Samsung SM951 NVMe vs. AHCI, XP941, SSD 750 and More!
Apr 17 2015 by Allyn Malventano at PC Perspective
- Samsung SM951-NVMe (256GB) PCIe SSD Review
Jun 25 2015 by Kristian Vatto at AnandTech