Pros: a lot faster than a regular SSD I use this with an M 2 1tb Drive I've got about a 8 second startup time and all programs open instantly
Cons: tricky install
Overall Review: I contacted tech support because I couldn't get my computer to see this with Windows 7 after about 2 hours on the phone with them we were able to get it and this initialized and formatted and I used a cloning program and cloned my C drive which was an SSD to this drive we had to download two hot fixes and make some folders to install them too the tech support guy actually took control of my computer and did it all for me can't get easier than that so five stars for the product and 10 Stars for Brian and support.
Pros: - PCIe x4 fits any x4, x8, x16 slot
- Allows you to move the SSD away from heat
- Fits any M.2 card
- Allows high bandwidth for the SSD storage device
Cons: - Card takes up a lot of unnecessary space
- Specs required way too much research to correctly identify compatibility with 3rd gen M.2
- 10% speed loss on Corsair MP500
Overall Review: If your current slot is limited by Gen2 tech, reading and writing around 800MBps when promised 3000:1500, this card will do the trick. Uninhibited by OS or files, the card benchmarks 2760:1480, which is still far faster than any other storage medium. Not sure where the speed is lost, as there is very minimal circuitry on the board itself, and did not change when swapping between PCIe slots. Not a fan of the 4 day shipping delay, but it arrived in a very reasonable amount of time.
Pros: All good, 10/10 so far. Also bought a from NewEgg.ca
PCIe M.2 NGFF NVMe AHCI SSD to PCIE 4x 8x 16x Adapter Card for M Key 2230 2242 2260 2280 mm Size PCIe M.2 SSD Full Speed like Samsung XP941, SM951(NVMe), 950, PM961, 960EVO, SM961, PM951, 960EVO.
Both are same speed, plug and play and both work as a data drive for Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04. Will try it later as a boot drive.
Cons: None so far, windows support is good, Ubuntu 18.04 a bit behind.
Overall Review: Get the PCIe M.2 NGFF NVMe AHCI SSD to PCIE 4x 8x 16x Adapter Card, the best choice I think.
Pros: Comes with low profile adapter.
Overall Review: A+
Pros: 100% hardware compatibility!
Cons: no problem at all with this SSD-m.2 adapter from StarTech PEX4M2E1 M.2 Adapter - x4 PCIe 3.0 NVMe
Overall Review: Very quickly delivery vie Fedex to South Korea, great!
Pros: Plug and play (ASUS Z97 Pro Wi/Fi Bios 2209) (Samsung Evo 250GB M.2 SSD)
Did not need to enter Bios
System booted with zero issues
Works as described - PCIe3 X4
Speeds near SSD drive maximum
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Native ASUS Z-97 Pro M.2 slot is only PCIe2 X2 so max speed was around 800 MB/s. Prior to installing PEX4M2E1 M.2 Adapter make sure the M.2 SSD is already setup with OS installed via M/B M.2 slot - make sure to have installed the Samsung NVMe Controller Driver (get it from the Samsung website). Then power off system, remove M.2 SSD from M/B m.2 slot and install on the adapter, plug in and boot, you should be up and running with no issues and no need to reconfigure anything in the Bios. The Samsung Magician reports interface as PCIe3 X4 and give speeds 2345 /1287 MB/s, drive max is 3200 /1800 MB/s - so a huge increase from the previous 800 MB/s. With the ASUS Z97 board use the second PCIe3 x16 slot, however be aware that the the lanes are now split between slot 1 and slot 2 so each slot is now PCIe3 X8. This does not have an impact on any video card installed in PCIe3 X16 slot 1. I have a NVIDIA GTX 1060 and have not seen any performance hit. This is a very simply and cheap upgrade if you want to max out a newer M.2 SSD.
Pros: Easy to install. Worked right out of the box. No driver needed.
Cons: None so far!
Overall Review: My OS (Windows 7 64-bit SP1) recognized there was a "PCI Device" right away but showed it was unable to find a driver. Took me a few minutes to sort out that my Samsung NVMe SSD 960 PRO M.2 needed a driver in order to recognize the drive before I could initialize and format it. Here's the Samsung link for those of you looking for the NVMe driver:
This is not StarTech's issue per se but both StarTech's and Samsungs instructions were lacking in stating that a driver was needed.
Pros: Purchased this to move my m.2 drive (mydigitalSSD BPX 512) from the inferno that was the space between my 1070 and mobo. Just to note I did not experience any throttling beforehand, I just wanted to move it into a more breathable position. Temps immediately lowered by about 15-20c (from around 80c before, yeesh), Installation was a simple plug n play, and just in case anyone is wondering it DID include another m.2 screw!!! I had lost mine upon initial installation of my drive, so this was a welcome sight. Also I would like to note zero performance loss, and upon my first boot with it installed it worked without any interaction.
Cons: Hm... Well it could have been cheaper. That's a con, right?
It was well worth the money in my personal opinion.
Overall Review: No other thoughts, basically this is as simple as it gets.