Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 NGFF PCIe SSD to PCI Express 3.0 x4 Host Adapter Card Review @ ModSynergy.com
By: Michael Phrakaysone

 

We’ve reviewed our fair share of solid-state drives (SSD) over the years.  SSD’s are the superfast storage medium that one can purchase over conventional and slower, spinning hard disk drives for their computers.  I consider these SSD’s to be the single greatest upgrade one can make to give their aging and current computers an extra lease on life. 

Over the years ModSynergy have reviewed many SATA based SSD’s ranging from SATA I (1.5Gbps), SATA II (3Gbps), and SATA III (6Gbps).  There comes a time when a particular interface is maxed out, and that precisely the case with SATA.  SSD performance has hit a wall in performance with the SATA interface having no more room to grow, hence why the industry has moved on to M.2.   

The latest M.2 SSDs utilize the PCIE lanes in your motherboard to perform at greater speeds than SATA was ever capable of achieving, and the physical size is significantly smaller than the 2.5” SATA SSDs they are quickly replacing, having common sizes ranging from 22mm x 80mm, 22mm x 60mm and 22mm x 42mm.

For those of you who want to make use of the latest and fastest M.2 SSDs in a machine without an existing M.2 slot, this review is for you.  The Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 adapter that is being reviewed today can be purchased for $19.99 USD allowing you to make use of a single PCIE slot on your motherboard that will transform your system.

About Ableconn

"Located in California Silicon Valley, Ableconn was founded by electronics experts with decades of extensive product design experience in personal computers and electronics devices. 

We strive to provide high quality products with detailed product information, and excellent support.  

We hope you enjoy and love our products as we do!"

Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 to PCI Express 3.0 x4 Host Adapter Card Product Description

The Ableconn PEXM2-SSD allows you to install an M.2 NGFF PCIe SSD through a Low Profile PCIe 3.0 x4 card to your PC System. It's the best & easy solution to install an Extremely High Performance Enterprise-Class PCIe-NVMe or PCIe-AHCI M.2 SSD in your Desktop for Enthusiast Gaming and Workstation Markets!

Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 to PCI Express 3.0 x4 Host Adapter Card Product Features

  • Convert M.2 NGFF PCIe based SSD to work in main board PCIe x4 bus slot
  • PCI Express 3.0 x4 Lane Host adapter. Supports PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 motherboard
  • Supports PCIe Gen3 and PCIe Gen2 M.2 NGFF 80mm, 60mm, 42mm SSD. Movable M.2 NGFF stand-off and multiple plated-holes supports type 2280, 2260 and 2242 SSD
  • Note: this adapter is only for 'M' key M.2 PCIe SSD such as Samsung XP941/SM951/950 Pro SSDs. Not compatible with a 'B' key M.2 PCIe x2 SSD or 'B' key M.2 SATA SSD.
  • Fully RoHS compliant. Made in Taiwan.

Features

  • Connector:  1x M-key (type 2280-D5-M) M.2 socket for M.2 NGFF PCIe based SSD

Software: No driver installation required.  Windows 10/8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Linux series, Fedora, SUSE, Ubuntu, Red Hat native drivers support both PCIe-NVMe and PCIe-AHCI

Note: NVMe native driver for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is available from Microsoft Knowledge Base (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2990941)

Note: Mac Pro 2009, 2010 and 2012 models support PCIe-AHCI SSD only

  • System Requirement:  An empty PCIe 3.0 or PCIe 2.0 x4, x8, or x16 slot.
  • Convert M.2 NGFF PCIe based SSD to work in main board PCIe x4 bus slot PCI Express 3.0 x4 Lane Host adapter Low Profile Form Factor board with both Regular size and Low Profile bracket included
  • Movable M.2 NGFF stand-off and multiple plated-holes supports type 2280, 2260 and 2242 M.2. Supports M.2 NGFF 80mm, 60mm, 42mm SSDs.
  • Supports dual-sided M.2 SSD module with 1.5mm component height on the top and bottom side
  • Pin header on board for drive LED connection
  • Supports industrial operating temperature range: -40 - 85 ºC
  • M.2 PCIe SSD gets power from motherboard PCIe bus slot 3.3V
  • Fully RoHS compliant
  • Made in Taiwan

Note: SATA Based M.2 SSD module can NOT work with this PCIe Based Adapter

  • Compatibility (Incomplete List): Samsung XP941, SM951 (AHCI or NVMe), 950 Pro Series SSDs, Kingston HyperX Predator M.2, Plextor M6e Series M.2 SSD

Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 to PCI Express 3.0 x4 Host Adapter Card Specifications

  • Dimensions 4.3 x 2.0 x 0.2 inches / 105 x 50 x 5 mm
  • Weight 1.3 ounces / 36 g
  • Capacity PCIe 3.0 x4 Lane
  • Compatibility M.2 type 2280, 2260 and 2242 SSD
  • Supported System No driver required. Windows 10/8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Linux series, Fedora, SUSE, Ubuntu, Red Hat native drivers support both PCIe-NVMe and PCIe-AHCI
  • Certification CE, FCC, RoHS

First Impressions

The Ableconn PEXM2-SSD comes in a cheerfully designed and eco-friendly packaging utilizing paper instead of plastic, making recycling easier than plastic.  We live in a plastic world, with enormous amounts of plastic filling our landfills, and since there are many variations of plastic, not all of them are even processed at local recycling facilities.  Paper having one variation is always going to be easier to recycle.

The front of the box showcases the PEXM2-SSD adapter card along with different supported features.   

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One thing to note with these adapters, if they are going into an older system, they may not take full advantage of the PCIE bus if an existing PCIE device already occupies and uses the existing lanes, and or if the motherboard already has a limited number of PCIE lanes it supports.  Even if the performance is half, the M.2 SSD still outperforms any SATA based SSD.

Visual Overview

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Performance Testing & Results

The goal here is to simply verify if the PEXM2-SSD adapter card works and nothing more. 

CRYSTAL

ATTO BENCHMARK

Since it’s going in an older system, we’re not going to verify if the performance is max or not.  We were able to achieve read speeds of up to 1.57 GB/s and write speeds up to 1.49 GB/s.  This blows away any previous SATA based SSD we have ever reviewed.

I will not mention what M.2 SSD is being used and will blur out the names in the photos you see in this review.  I’ll do a full review of this M.2 SSD in the future.

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What Problem You Might Encounter (Running Windows 7)

If you’re sticking this Ableconn PEXM2-SSD adapter into a machine running Windows 7 and find it’s not being recognized, that’s because Windows 7 does not contain built-in NVMe drivers…anything post Windows 7 has native support for NVMe so you won’t encounter these problems.
Therefore you must download and install these two hotfixes before your M.2 SSD is recognized…

  • Windows hotfix 2990941 - Update to add native driver support in NVM Express in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows hotfix 3087873 - "0x0000007E" Stop error after you install hotfix 2990941 in Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

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Where Can I Buy One?  For How Much?

The Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 to PCI Express 3.0 x4 Host Adapter Card can be purchased on Amazon USA for $19.99.  If you prefer to shop on Amazon like I do, then the PEXM2-SSD is going to be Fulfilled by Amazon and not through a third party. This makes the purchase safer in terms of getting what you paid for and this way you can have Amazon's protection.

 

Why do I like Amazon?  They are fast, honest, reliable, and their return policy is great.  I actually got money refunded back to my account (twice) after Amazon initially overcharged me on duty costs. Talk about being an honest company.  Most others would keep the money and not say anything!

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Conclusion

It's hard not to like the Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 to PCI Express 3.0 x4 Host Adapter Card.  The quality is excellent, it comes with regular and low profile brackets, it does what it says it will do without issues, and the price is inexpensive and extremely affordable at only $19.99 USD. 

Great job Ableconn!

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