Joined on 01/17/02
Better than claimed!
Pros: This thing actually runs at PCIe 4.0 speeds, unlike the 3.0 claim. I ran ATTO on a Samsung 870 Pro and got max read speed of 6GB/s, which is way above PCIe 3.o specs. The cage is sturdy and once the NVMe is put in the cage, you can't plug it in upside down. I'd even venture to guess that it will outlast the insertion/removal capability for the M.2 connector.
Cons: The NVMe retention method is novel, but it takes a while to get used to it. Even so you're glad that you don't do it very often.
Overall Review: I recommend this. It's my second one.
Pros: It works, pretty much.
Cons: I got this for a Ryzen 5950X. It wouldn't POST with a video card in the primary slot. It will with it in the secondary (8 lane) slot. ASUS tech support as usual didn't have any idea about what to do. They offered to let me pay to send my 3 day old motherboard to them for repair. The strange thing is that with a 3900X as the CPU, everything works. So far, I am unable to run my 3600 MHz RAM at 3600. I've tried 3 different sets of RAM with the same results. The fastest I've been able to run it is at 3200 MHz. I didn't ask ASUS about that.
Overall Review: I like ASUS products in general, but this new generation has problems which won't be ironed out for a while. I've reaffirmed my thinking that if you need technical assistance on an ASUS motherboard, your best bet is to get it from Google.
Pros: It works
Cons: There is not enough clearance for my fingers to mount a 2280 (the standard) drive, so I had to install the NVMe with the bracket off. That means I'll have to remove the bracket to install a different drive. So this will go into my desperation drawer. Remember, this attaches to the PCIe but, not the CPU bus, so performance will be degraded. The so-called experts say that, my experience is that it is cut in half.
Overall Review: Some engineer saved a few pennies to make this card with insufficient clearance to mount a 2280 drive. If I were you, I'd keep looking.