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FilthyCasual
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February 7, 2019 10:37 pm  

Hello,

I've went through all the basic content of this site and I think I'm ready to take the risk and try a purchase.

Before I do though, I thought it might be a good idea to announce my plan to you experts to see it anybody shakes their head in dismay, or nods in approval, or if I'm just entirely on my own.

I have one of these computers:  https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Intel-Xeon-E-2176M-Mini-Computer-12M-Cache-6-Core-12-Threads-32GB-DDR4-2666MHz-Mini/32968638931.html

It has one m2 slot filled with an NVMe ssd:   https://imgur.com/OppB5ZF

But if I flip it over, there appears to be a second! https://imgur.com/xycOgIw

If I've understood correctly, that means running the recommended 4x ngff riser is a possibility:  https://www.aliexpress.com/item/M-2-NGFF-NVMe-KeyM-2230-2242-2260-2280-To-PCI-e-16x-Riser-Card-Cable/32830809871.html

I've got a 200w atx power supply to dedicate to my GTX1060 card, and my computer runs Windows 10 pro with an American Megatrends BIOS.

Does it look like my ducks are in a row to fire away with this purchase, or have I misunderstood/overlooked something?

"S200": Intel Nuc style mini PC, Intel Xeon E-2176M, Win10, American Megatrends BIOS.

Pending GTX 1060 through NVMe.


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esatamacmodular
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February 8, 2019 3:52 am  

Someone here knows more than I do, but I would not assume the second slot works until trying it out. Also I would imagine that the extra m.2 slot would have a shared bus/lane with the primary slot. so that would limit the bandwidth of your eGPU. 200 watts should be good for the 1060 but make sure to power 6pin and riser off same power supply. Never heard of that BIOS but the less popular computers tend to have fewer BIOS features.

Why don't you stay a while and update your signature and profile so others can track your build and your posts have better context.

One more idea.. if this computer has USB 3.0 you could always set the boot drive from an external SSD and then possibly have better bandwidth for your at least one working m.2 slot to run the eGPU 1060.

iMac 2013 10.14.1, Macbook Air 2013 10.11, MBP 2016 13" 10.13.6 , HP 4530s 10.11, node lite, DA-2 PSU w/mod, PE4L 2.1b expresscard34, GTX460,1050Ti,1060,1070/Ti RX470,560,580


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FilthyCasual
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February 10, 2019 6:29 pm  

Thanks for the headsup and idea for running an external SSD. 

The bios has a few options, but honestly I'm not experienced enough to know exactly what they mean/do.
https://imgur.com/JJ5ED25
https://imgur.com/POMT6K0

I'm especially confused by the serial ata port options.  Which there are 7 listed in the bios, all exactly the same other than the port number.  Yet all I see on the motherboard is 1 serial ata port, the two nvme ports, and the one ngff wifi.  I don't notice any configuration options for any of these ports in the bios, although it clearly recognizes my main ssd that's in one of them.

"S200": Intel Nuc style mini PC, Intel Xeon E-2176M, Win10, American Megatrends BIOS.

Pending GTX 1060 through NVMe.


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