looking for an m2 SSD adapter

i need to test an m2 SSD on another desktop
i assume i best use an adapter card, but which
here the specs of the SSD :  http://www.liteonssd.com/en/PRODUCT/CONSUMER-SATA-SSD/CONSUMER-M2-SATA/zeta-m2.html
can you suggest me a good one, with affordable price?

i think about buying this one :  https://www.alternate.nl/StarTech-x4-PCI-Express-to-M-2-PCIe-SSD-adapter/html/product/1348713
or this one for usb :  https://www.codima.be/startech-external-usb-3-0-sata-m-2-ssd-enclosure

any pro or cons for both are welcome

w10 compatible of course
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
The USB adapter will slow your access speeds considerably, but would have the advantage of being useful in situations where you don't have a PCI-X slot.

If this is a permanent installation, I would go with the PCI-X card.  If this is temporary, I'd go with the USB solution.
Iamthecreator OMIT Admin/EE Solution GuideCommented:
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
The first one will not work, it is NVMe not SATA.

This one does both, It does not have a SATA chip on it though, just passes it through to SATA cables you plug in to your motherboard.

Pretty unlikely they have PCI-X, that's a pretty old spec. Some servers still have it as an option in case you need it for ancient cards.

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nobusAuthor Commented:
Iamthe creator, tx for the info
Andy, why does the 1st link not work?
 it says "Ondersteunt PCIe M.2 SSD's
De adapter ondersteunt PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (M-toets) en PCIe-AHCI M.2 SSD's inclusief 2242, 2260, 2280 en 22110 schijven"

this = supports PCIe M2 drives
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
M.2 is a form factor similar to 2.5 inch , 3.5 inch etc. SATA and NVMe are completely different protocols, SATA you are probably well aware of, NVMe is the PCI Express bus used for storage, it is very fast but it is not compatible with SATA.

D'oh, the link I posted doesn't work but look at the photos on this page - one socket says PCIe M.2 and the other two say SATA M.2. You cannot plug a SATA M.2 device into a PCIe/NVMe socket. Look at the copper traces on the picture of the PCIe/NVMe socket, they go straight to the PCIe connector. Or look at the traces on the single port one you posted, they also go straight from the socket to the PCIe connector.

There are M.2 slots that take both SATA and NVMe, they are generally used in laptops. The connections use different pins so the SATA ones go to the chipset SATA ports and the NVMe ones go to the processor  chip. The sockets are keyed so you can't plug the wrong one in - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.2 has some good line drawings of the slots.
nobusAuthor Commented:
aahhrg - thanks for pointing that out, and saving me from making an error
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
I think Paul MacDonald made the same error, USB3 is comparable speed to SATA.
nobusAuthor Commented:
>>  D'oh, the link I posted doesn't work but look at the photos on this page -   <<  are you referring to the photo's of the bad link, or what link?  not sure
that should probably explain your next phrase  "Look at the copper traces on the picture of the PCIe/NVMe socket, they go straight to the PCIe connector."
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
The link under "This one does both". It was the same Startech 3 port card as in the next post I made but it was 4 lines long so I tried to embed it.
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Yes, I would buy that one that does both, you only need SATA this time but next time you may need NVMe.

DeLOCK do similar, https://www.alternate.nl/DeLOCK/PCIe-x4-1x-M-2-KeyB-1x-M-2-KeyM-converter/html/product/1339683?event=search has one of each NVMe and SATA for example.

Note there's no electronics on any of these cards, they're just pass-throughs.
nobusAuthor Commented:
no i need the nVME, see the liteon doc in the Q
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
nobusAuthor Commented:
all be ….. - now i see i did misunderstand allthat - post specs of an NVMe card please to compare

i thought it was the connector style and protocol
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:

You can see the read speed is faster because of the NVMe bus and the key/notch is also different so stop you from putting it in a SATA only M.2 socket.
nobusAuthor Commented:
understanding things properly does help !
nobusAuthor Commented:
could i ask  if there are adapters that support both styles? NMVe and Sata ?
nobusAuthor Commented:
sorry - i did not realise they had both
as usual - you're too good for me
which one has your preference?
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