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Perfectly good choice for using a 960 Pro/EVO M.2 in PCI-Express mode
Pros: There are several makes and models of these devices. I originally built my Skylake system without any deep planning for use of M.2 NVMe drives. When I finally got around to investigating the prospects after the system was up and running, I had two choices: Use my Sabertooth Z170 board's M.2 slot and lose SATA ports 1 and 2 to still take a performance hit; and use an M.2 NVMe in a PCI-E slot with full performance -- losing SATA ports 5 and 6 so that I can use my third "PCIE x16" slot in x4 mode. It would otherwise default to x2.
The BIOS was already configured properly for this. I just connected my Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 to the DT 120, moved some SATA connections around so as not to use ports 5 and 6, and put the rocket in the socket. Samsung Magician proves out the M.2 spec showing about 3,100+ MB/s sequential reads and 1,500 MB/s sequential writes.
I'll explain in "Other" how and why I'm using that small-capacity EVO.
Other Thoughts: One reviewer noted something about disappointing performance. Maybe he used the right slot, but it was configured to offer only x2 speeds. But I have none of the frustrations he says he suffered.
We all want to integrate older tech with newer. HDD electro-mechanical storage still provides the highest capacity at the lowest price per gigabyte. With a 250GB EVO and this PCIE card as a caching SSD, I can cache SATA devices (both SSD and HDD) to the EVO and cache all of that to RAM. The benchmark results are insane, and you can feel the difference. Great idea, if you don't want to spend $600 on a 1TB M.2 NVMe. And if the price is right and you still chose to buy such a 1TB drive, you could simply move the small drive and DT 120 to another system, get another DT 120, add your OS volumes and a caching volume to the NVMe, and still come back with the same sort of integration and insane speed.
Reviewed By:John B.,1/6/2017 2:28:17 PM
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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: very fast (runs in RAID 0) I bought the cheapest m2 128 gb each = 512 gb total the m2's were on sale at $40 each.... the benchmarks speak for themselves about 3 or 4 times faster than a single m2... you can image your current hard drive to this SATA RAID Adapter also I bought a raid 4 port pcie card
Cons: runs hot I added a large silent fan to blow air directly at the SATA RAID Adapter you will need a very tiny screw driver for the tiny screws... they do not give you extra screws so do not lose any
Other Thoughts: buy it you will like it
Reviewed By:Thomas D.,12/3/2016 4:50:40 PM
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Pros: Recognized by Macbook Pro right away. Runs smoothly and was easy to install Linux Mint on.
Cons: Haven't noticed a huge improvement in speed.
Other Thoughts: My old 2010 Macbook Pro had been "dead" for over 2 years before this brought it back to life. This is actually the first SSD I've had the pleasure of using, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've heard that they're supposed to be extremely faster than regular hard drives. So, I was expecting a huge difference in speed. Unfortunately, after two months of use, I just haven't seen this incredible speed boost...... So, is it just hype or is it just this drive?
Don't get me wrong, my Macbook Pro is definitely faster than it was but nothing spectacular or jaw-dropping. However, at least it does work now and I don't have all these unreadable sectors (like I did before); everything runs smoothly. I haven't had any issues with the functionality of the drive. My Macbook recognized it right away - no problems! I did a clean install of Linux Mint on it (instead of putting Mac OS X back on it - mainly because my backup drive is gone so I have no way of doing that, right now).
Overall, I am really enjoying this drive. It's not a huge amount of space but I know that most SSDs aren't. It's perfect for me since my Macbook Pro isn't my main computer. It can handle everything I need it to - mainly just saving images, MP3s, and documents. The performance of the drive (minus just an average speed boost) is great.
Reviewed By:Charnita F.,10/10/2016 11:38:13 PM
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pros: - easy to set up - has a place on the bottom to heat sink hot drives through the pcb
Cons: - everything seems to work for a while, but a raid 0 with two crucial M550 512GB drives is too much for the power supply; high speed for a few moments, and then the drive drops out. It does come back after the lights flash.
Other Thoughts: This thing might be ok for lower power drives; the M550 is one of the more power hungry for sure.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,6/7/2016 3:33:52 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.