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    SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Could provide a worthwhile storage performance boost on older systems.
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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    What's so special about this one compared to all of the other PCI-E to NVMe adapters out here?

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    I don't need my SSD to have electronic countermeasures, thanks.

    I play computer games, not dogfight with Russians.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Quote Originally Posted by afiretruck View Post
    What's so special about this one compared to all of the other PCI-E to NVMe adapters out here?
    I think it's just a nice package from a more well known brand. I think the heatsink, etc would be more useful for Optane drives due to the workloads they are bought for and as they tend to hit thermal limitations rather than other issues that limit conventional SSDs before throttling becomes a major concern (although it is an issue in heavy usage on many drives).

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    It could be beneficial to move the M2 drive to a cooler part of the pc considering some motherboards have the slot directly under the GPU which isn't ideal.

    Having said that, it would have been better if they'd just used a physical x4 slot rather than needlessly limiting it to use in a second x16 slot which many boards don't have. M2 is limited to x4 electrically regardless.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    It could be beneficial to move the M2 drive to a cooler part of the pc considering some motherboards have the slot directly under the GPU which isn't ideal.

    Having said that, it would have been better if they'd just used a physical x4 slot rather than needlessly limiting it to use in a second x16 slot which many boards don't have. M2 is limited to x4 electrically regardless.
    I was wondering why they did that. I did think maybe there's a weight bearing issue with the heat sink?

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Another proviso is that M.2 PCIe-NVMe mode SSD requires the use of Intel 9 series (Z97 H97 Z170 X99) or higher version chipset with Windows 8 or newer.
    Any ideas why that's a requirement? I mean if your not trying to boot off it why should it matter?

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    I would imagine it's to do with booting from the drive. Also I'm not sure if Windows prior to 8 have a stock NVMe driver?

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Actually this is kind of tempting for me, I have no built in slot and I only really want one as a scratch disk so might be worthwhile, although I'm sure there are likely cheaper options.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Can you boot your OS off this drive ?
    I bought a different adapter and modded my P67 BIOS but the damn Samsung 960 Evo would not install Windows 7.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    It would depend on motherboard, BIOS settings and OS.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    "won't overheat when put under duress"

    Poor drive, being forced to do things it doesn't want to do...

    I wonder how I might put Hexus under duress to look up the accepted meaning of the word "duress"...

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    Can you boot your OS off this drive ?
    I bought a different adapter and modded my P67 BIOS but the damn Samsung 960 Evo would not install Windows 7.
    If your adapter is bootable, then you need to clone your install to the SSD on the adapter card, Win 7 doesn't natively support PCIE nVME and you need to load a driver to it then clone it across to the card.

    I have win7 booting off an Intel 750 pcie-nvme card on a Asus P9X79 board, different format I know but principle should be the same.

    Apologies if I'm already telling you something you already know/understand.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    Can you boot your OS off this drive ?
    I bought a different adapter and modded my P67 BIOS but the damn Samsung 960 Evo would not install Windows 7.
    As pointed out, it depends on BIOS. I'm using a P67 board with an AWARD Bios (this is before UEFI Bios became the norm). As far as I'm aware, it simply isn't an option to boot from PCIe (NVMe etc) cards on my board. Possibly not supported as a bootable drive, probably supported as a storage drive only.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Quote Originally Posted by Iota View Post
    As pointed out, it depends on BIOS. I'm using a P67 board with an AWARD Bios (this is before UEFI Bios became the norm). As far as I'm aware, it simply isn't an option to boot from PCIe (NVMe etc) cards on my board. Possibly not supported as a bootable drive, probably supported as a storage drive only.
    Booting from nvme drives was first supported from the Z97 chipset onwards, I believe.

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    Re: SilverStone launches ECM23 M.2 PCIe SSD adapter card

    Quote Originally Posted by MrJim View Post
    Booting from nvme drives was first supported from the Z97 chipset onwards, I believe.
    I think you're right but some clever bods modified the bios for some older boards (mine included) that allowed you to boot of NVME drives also.

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