4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 13, 2017 10:55 AM by Intel Corporation

    Help identifying my Motherboard for Optane compatible.


      Hello guys and Intel.


      I have been doing a lot of research and looking inside my pc with not much success.  I have identified my Mobo specs I think and I am trying to figure out if my newly acquired Alienware PC Area 51 R2 motherboard will work with any form of the new Intel Optane 900P series and more specifically the Add in Card version 280G.  I have some experience but just not a pro.  I am a quick study and have been doing a lot of research for my question but I just seem to be hung up because I have a Alienware board I guess.  I just bought it 10 months ago but I am guessing it doesnt work but would like your guys help to be certain and would honestly like to contact Intel Sales or Tech but they say to reach out first.  I do not know much about M.2 or U.2 but I have looked up the installing procedures and I do not see a Mini SAS connection anywhere on my board unless its hidden good behind my stuff.  I dont know what a M.2 connections looks like as the picture from intel doesnt really show much.  I do have 3 regular pcie slots that I can see and 2 smaller ones, one of which is smaller yet.  I already have a SSD for windows and I do not intend to use a Optane SSD as a bootable drive, only for storage or possibly RAM?  I do not know if my board is NVME compatible.  If I understand this AID 280 product I am looking at you just put it in a PCIE slot and its powered itself?  I dont think you have to use a power cord like a graphics card or like my extra USB card I got in one of my smaller PCIE slots for more USB's. 


      Please forgive my ignorance on this stuff guys. I am truly sorry I am just very interested in buying either the AID version or the 2.5 version if I must but even looking at that it doesnt look like I have to connection to power it up or connect it.  I only see normal SATA and power cords near my drive bays like a normal HDD or SSD Samsung EVO.  I will list my PC specs, can anyone please help me or steer me in the direction to find this info out.  When I run a search with my Alienware board I get practically nothing good as far as useful info.  I dont know why..  Maybe Alienware isn't that good at this kind of stuff.  I am a massive gamer and VR enthusiast.  I have multiple drives and would like to add more storage on a PCIe slot if I can.  I only have 1 regular spot for a HDD or SSD but my boards got more cables then it does slots to screw one in which is odd.  Can anyone please help me out?  I will send you some bitcoin as appreciation.  Can I atleast use the 2.5 STD cable version one?  I am very sorry if this is a the wrong place for this post I just cant seem to find out and I know if I contact Dell I will get some low lvl tech from sales or something.  I am pretty sure I got the right PCIe slots as its one of the smaller ones and I got two I just know about U.2 or M.2 and NVMe and I know you can get a cable to convert M.2 to U.2.  Still clueless..


      Alienware Area 51 R2,

      i7 6800k intel cpu   nothing special I know..   wish id got a bigger one and maybe got a better board

      1080ti GTX SLI

      32G RAM

      SSD Sandisk 128g  SSD Samsung EVO 1TB  HDD 2.5TB Western Digital

      Windows Pro 10


      Alienware Board   Product ID  09G12C   Serial CN697026AP0248  Version A00  Intel x99 express chipset, I think..  Service Tag not sure if I should post that but I do have it if needed.  Bios version is A12 I think or its the latest one from Alien.