The ECM20 is one of the few unique item to reach goldfries’ lab, one that didn’t quite spark my interest at first sight but turned out to be a very interesting product.
As with the title of this article, it’s a tiny card that sits on the PCI-E slot that allows you to use M.2 PCI-E and M.2 SATA devices.
Here are the specs of the device, note that you must make sure your M.2 device is of the correct key in order to ensure compatibility of mounting points.
The SilverStone ECM20 included 2 sets of mounting screws, and I have 2 complaints about this, first being that they should include some details in the manual on how to go about. It took me a while to figure out how they intended the 3 tiny bits to work. My second complaint would be that they could make the + on the screw a little bigger, not everyone has screwdrivers with tiny head.
User Experience & Benchmarks
Once you get that installation matter sorted out, the rest comes easy. If your M.2 SSD is one using PCI-E then you need not connect any SATA connectors. For this test I used the Transcend MTS800 M.2 drive.
Here are the fresh benchmarks using the SilverStone ECM20 and you can see that the result is as the ones shown in the MTS800 review.
The SilverStone ECM20 Dual M.2 to PCI-E X4 and SATA 6G Adapter Card retails at RM 121, it’s a great product for those who has a need to use M.2 devices but limited facilities, for example some motherboards do not come with any M.2 connectors while others, they may have an M.2 connector that has malfunctioned. It’s not a product for everyone but it’s an awesome product for those who need it.