Question What motherboards support Intel H10 Optane SSDs?

Genralkidd

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I'm looking into upgrading my motherboard from an H310 to something better and wanted to replace my failing SSD as well. So I figured I'd go for an Intel H10 Optane SSD since they're pretty cheap now and comparable to similar M.2 SSD's in price.

However, I read that motherboard support is for these is pretty limited because the PCH has to support 2x/2x bifurcation. So my question is if anyone knows specific motherboards that would support the H10? I was looking at some B365 boards on Newegg and there are quite a few B365 boards advertised as supporting both "Optane Memory" and "Optane Storage". I'm not sure if that means they support the H10 though. None of the boards I've looked at actually list what the PCH supports specifically or I might be looking in the wrong place.
 
the H10 is a normal (OEM bundle) QLC NVME option...

If you are getting an adequate capacity (at least 500 GB) for a good price with it (no more than $87, the cost of a 970 EVO), enjoy, it will work with a B365...as will almost any M.2 NVME drive.

We missed our chance at $95 1 TB INtel 660P drives 40 days ago, as they are now $138....
 

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the H10 is a normal (OEM bundle) QLC NVME option...

If you are getting an adequate capacity (at least 500 GB) for a good price with it (no more than $87, the cost of a 970 EVO), enjoy, it will work with a B365...as will almost any M.2 NVME drive.

We missed our chance at $95 1 TB INtel 660P drives 40 days ago, as they are now $138....
Well I know the H10 will work as normal SSD storage in most boards but what I'm actually wondering about is being able to use the 32 GB Optane cache on it. Apparently a lot of boards will only see the QLC SSD portion of it and won't be able to use the Optane cache thus losing the benefits of Optane.
 

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Here's the sources mentioning that you need specific motherboards with specific BIOS support to be able to use the Optane cache. Otherwise without proper support, I'd only be able to access the QLC SSD portion of this device.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14249/the-intel-optane-memory-h10-review-two-ssds-in-one
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14249/the-intel-optane-memory-h10-review-two-ssds-in-one

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000032754/memory-and-storage.html?productId=189227&localeCode=us_en

The article was from early 2019 so I'm not sure if much has changed since then. A lot of motherboards I'm looking at say they support both Optane memory and Optane storage but i'm not sure what that really means and if it applies to the Intel H10. I want to make sure the H10 is fully compatible before I buy a new motherboard as well as the H10 itself since I still want to have the benefits of Optane.
 

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