A few weeks ago, we did the HP ProDesk 405 G4 Mini Dual Internal 1GbE NICs with a Catch piece. There, we found that there is a difference between the HP FlexIO V1 LOM NIC in that system, and the HP Flex IO V2 module used in the HP EliteDesk 805 G6 Mini we reviewed (as well as the upcoming 805 G8 Mini.) Our new EliteDesk 805 G8 Mini’s have the 2.5GbE adapter and so we were able to find all of the part numbers HP uses to describe these parts, of which there seem to be many, and successfully ordered and received half of the units we ordered. Since it is extremely hard to find this information and the parts, it felt like it was time for a quick piece.
HP Flex IO V2 2.5GbE NIC is Here
Here is the NIC itself. What we wanted to point out is that this NIC has the Intel i225-V chip on it. The chip is labeled Intel S1093L28. It also has the “SLNMH” stepping. If that sounds familiar, that is what we are seeing the smaller and low-cost Fanless Intel J4125 4x i225 – Firewall Boxes have. The SLNMH means we have a B3 stepping. The two that we received in our HP EliteDesk 805 G8 Mini’s were also SLNMH. We did not get them in the EliteDesk 805 G6 nor the Intel-based EliteDesk 800 Mini G6 (35W version here.)
On the bottom of the unit, there is the new HP Flex IO V2 connector. Note, the V2 modules are not compatible with older V1-based machines as we found in the 405 G4 Mini review.
Here is the packaging with the part numbers:
And something to get excited about, here is the module in front of one of the upcoming HP EliteDesk 805 G8 Mini’s we will review.
If you think you see a system with an 8 core AMD CPU, a NVIDIA GPU, and both 1GbE and 2.5GbE networking, you would be correct. The Intel i225 B3 is also the best NIC we have seen thus far in this segment.
How to Find the HP Flex IO V2 2.5GbE NIC
In terms of the part number, here is what you should look for
- Part Number: M74416-001
- Description: SPS-PCA VAEGON2 NIC 2.5G Option Board
Alternatively, on the small QR code sticker, it has:
- HPPN: L83414-002
Silk screened on the bottom it says:
- F93 2.5G LAN IO
Hopefully, that helps. There may be other versions, but this is the version that we received that is the Intel i225 B3 stepping so this would be the one we would recommend.
This should be very exciting news for folks looking for units with something better than 1GbE networking.
On the HP spare parts site, we paid $50 each for these, plus another $11 for shipping. HP only managed to deliver one of the two and it took over a month and a half for the half order to be filled. When we ordered the 805 G8’s, HP told us that they needed to remove these NICs to be able to ship the units, but then delivered them in the machines anyway. If you select these at the time of order, it is only a $13 option, and as you can see this can be added alongside the NVIDIA GPU option for a spectacular 1L system. Our advice is to just configure these in systems if you want the option since it is around a quarter of the price of a spare part.