NanoPi M4V2: Standard PCIe Devices Anyone?


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Hello,

 

I've been using a M4V2 since its release mostly as a NAS (disks over UBS 3.0). I also have it booting from a Samsung NVMe with the official NVMe hat. My setup works flawlessly however I was thinking about ways to add more storage with reasonable performance/price so I thought, what if I managed to add a standard PCIe x1 port from the pins on the board and use standard hardware with it.

 

The idea was to add a cheap PCI switch + NVMe adapter (to boot from) and a PCI to SATA controller such as the following:

 

1) PCI Switch: https://www.ebay.com/itm/PCI-Express-1X-to-4X-PCI-E-4-Ports-Switch-Multiplier-Expansion-Riser-Card-New/293564888755

2) PCI > NVMe Adapter: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NVMe-PCIe-x4-x2-M-2-NGFF-SSD-to-PCIe-x1-converter-card-adapter-PCIe-x1-to-M-00e/143915406968

3) PCI > Sata: https://www.ebay.com/itm/PCI-Express-1x-To-4-Port-Sata-3-0-6G-Expansion-Controller-Card-Marvell-88SE9215/233219670613

 

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Did anyone had success with a setup like this? It looks like there isn't any adapter for the board to add a standard PCI interface, however I could probably solder something. Software wise would it work? I believe the Marvell 88SE9215 is supported by Armbian from what I read on espressobin threads. Any tips?

 

Thank you!

 

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