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This M.2 SSD RAID controller card lets you install two M.2 NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor) drives in your desktop computer. The card also features two SATA III (6Gbps) ports and supports hardware RAID. Now, you can merge the speed and compact size of M.2 solid state drives (SSD) with the storage capacity of traditional hard disk drives (HDD).
This M.2 controller card lets you take advantage of the size and performance benefits of NGFF SSDs. M.2 drives are smaller than typical platter drives or mSATA-based SSDs, so you can install them in small form-factor PCs and servers, or in tighter areas within your computer case.
When you couple the card with an M.2 drive, you can give your computer’s performance a noticeable speed boost. By installing your operating system on the M.2 drive, you'll have faster access to the files you commonly use, and you can continue to use your higher-capacity platter HDD for bulk storage.
Due to their performance and size advantages, M.2 drives are commonly used in laptops. If your laptop has failed but its M.2 drive is functional, then this card can help with data recovery. Once the M.2 drive is installed and the data recovery is complete, you can continue to use the drive for storage and backup purposes.
If you need a scalable, internal storage solution that you can count on, then this card can help. It supports a range of RAID configurations (RAID 0, 1, and 10), giving you multiple ways to expand your storage, improve your computer’s performance, or to create data redundancy backups.
Because the M.2 card supports port multiplication, you can connect up to four drives to one of the card’s SATA ports. With a built-in port multiplier, you can install up to seven drives (two M.2 SSDs, five SATA drives) in your computer through this single drive controller.
You can rest assured that your M.2 SATA drives are compatible with the card. It supports the most common drive sizes, including 22110, 2280, 2260, 2242 and 2230. For more versatility, the card also supports hybrid drives.
The PEXM2SAT3422 is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
|Industry Standards||Hardware RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10|
|PCI Express 2.0|
|Serial ATA 3.0 specification - SATA I/II/III (1.5/3/6Gbps)|
|Port Style||Integrated on Card|
|LED Indicators||M.2 drive LEDs (Green)|
|Pin headers for LEDs|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||174 g [6.1 oz]|
|Number of Drives Supported Through Port Multiplier||1 to 4|
|Number of Ports That Support Port Multiplier||2 (can only use 1 PM at a time)|
|Supported RAID Modes||JBOD - (Just a Bunch of Disks)|
|RAID 0 (Striped Disks)|
|RAID 1 (Mirrored Disks)|
|RAID 10 (1+0, Striped set of Mirrored Subset)|
|Type and Rate||SATA III (6 Gbps)|
|Product Height||120 mm [4.7 in]|
|Product Length||180 mm [7.1 in]|
|Chipset ID||Marvell - 88SE9230|
|Card Type||Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)|
|Bus Type||PCI Express|
|Storage Temperature||-25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)|
|Operating Temperature||5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)|
|Humidity||20%~80% RH (Non-condensing)|
|Internal Ports||SP4 (4 pin, Small Drive Power) Male|
|SATA (7 pin, Data) Plug|
|M.2 SATA (NGFF, B-Key) Receptacle|
|Connector Type(s)||PCI Express x4 Male|
|Product Width||20 mm [0.8 in]|
|Product Weight||68 g [2.4 oz]|
|OS Compatibility||Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10|
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS versions only
Note: Connected drives cannot be used as System / Primary drive in Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
|Special Notes / Requirements|
|Note||The card's two SATA ports support port multiplier, up to seven drives total (including two M.2 drives). Only one SATA port can use port multiplier at a time, with up to four drives total connected through PM (in a non-RAID configuration)|
|The maximum throughput of this card is limited by the bus interface. If used with PCI Express Gen 1.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 2.5Gbps per lane. If used with PCI Express Gen 2.0 enabled computers, the max throughput is 5Gbps per lane.|
|System and Cable Requirements||PCI Express x4 slot (backward compatible with x8, and x16 slots)|
|What's in the Box|
|Included in Package||low-profile bracket|
|M.2 mounting screws|
|M.2 SSD RAID controller card|