I'm trying to spec out a Precision T5810 Workstation and install a INTEL SSD Series 750 drive in it.

According to the top rated review at http://www.amazon.co.uk/INTEL-Series-400GB-Full-Height/dp/B00VPK0NSI

There are two types of NVM-e Express Drives Type 1 is a 2.5" Form Factor utilizing a special M.2 adapter card and cable (included with drive). Type 2 is a AIC (add-in-card) which utilizes the second PCI-e 3.0 graphics card slot (recommended)

I can't work out which is best as a boot drive for the Dell Precision T5810 Workstation.

Does anyone know which I should choose?

  • This computer hasn't got an M.2 slot. So the choice is obvious. – Michael Hampton Nov 28 '15 at 20:59
  • Thanks @MichaelHampton. Do you know if this computer is capable of getting full performance from the PCIe SSD? – Mr. Flibble Nov 28 '15 at 21:01
  • Why wouldn't it? – Michael Hampton Nov 28 '15 at 21:02
  • I've read about the motherboard on some computers' having limited PCI bandwidth and the SSD only working at half bandwidth when there's a graphics card in there also. – Mr. Flibble Nov 28 '15 at 21:04
  • This Amazon review states "The Type 2 will work in most any PCI-e slot but it will not provide a full customer experience unless pared with PCI-e 3.0 Bandwidth and with Specific X99 or Z97 Chipsets." I'm not sure this workstation has "PCI-e 3.0 Bandwidth and with Specific X99 or Z97 Chipsets." – Mr. Flibble Nov 28 '15 at 21:08

I'm pretty well-versed in the Intel 750 SSD and its variants. I'd recommend you use the PCIe (AIC) card for this. They function well in PCIe 2.0 environments as well, up to the bandwidth limits of the interface.

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