With the latest SSDs in a compact and very fast M.2 standard, which includes a SATA 6Gb / s data line for compatibility, but generally uses the much faster PCI Express lines - four of them. While the gross data rate for SATA is at a maximum of 600 MB / s and net of it about 550 MB / s can be used as actual data throughput, there are already four PCIe 2.0 lanes with a gross capacity of 1,000 MB / s and with current mainboards with PCIe 3.0 even nearly 2,000 MB / s - more than three times as fast as the fastest SATA standard. In addition, when using an NVMe SSD, the speed boost comes with the new protocol, which, however, is only used via PCIe and not via SATA.
PCI-Express 2.0 is available on virtually every motherboard, PCIe 3.0 is also increasing - but M.2 ports on the board itself are in short supply, and it's usually just a single slot. Very often, this is also connected to only two PCIe lanes, which significantly limits the speed potential. The solution: this adapter! With the adapter offered here, it is possible to put an M.2 SSD into operation via a PCI Express slot of the mainboard. There are almost no limits to the compatibility: the adapter itself has a low overall height and is supplied with both a standard and a low-profile slot cover. As a small bonus, the SST-ECM20 expansion card can also simultaneously connect a SATA 6G hard disk via an M.2-Key B slot. Exposed gold deposits serve as heatsinks for installed M.2 SSDs, which can be operated at a consistently high power.
Height: Low Profile (standard and low profile slot bracket included)
Connections: M.2 Key M, M.2 Key B
Chipsets for NVMe mode: Z97, H97, Z170, X99
Supported M.2 SSD length: 30, 42, 60, 80, 110 mm
Slot: PCIe x4 (PCIe 1.x / PCIe 2.x / PCIe 3.0)
Number of drives: 2
Dimensions: 121 x 11 x 157.3 mm (W x H x D)
Lighting: LED for operation display, reading and writing