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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why not. It's got like no active components, if it works it works.
    Make sure your system (it's a uefi setting) can bifurcate 16x PCIe into 4*4x though.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It has active power conversion.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Alright, but how wrong can that be?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Power delivery ICs are one of the most failure-prone. Not to mention caps.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Would you recommend the ASUS Hyper M.2 instead?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            If you can afford the difference then yes. You get proper warranty and (supposedly) better components.
            Especially if you're going to use high power SSDs in it.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Shit tier components will produce lots of noise not to mention the lifespan will be a lot less.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >buying chink garbage that most likely isn't what it says just to save $5

    yah i'll pass

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >buys the same chink garbage at double the price because it has a samsung logo on it

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >can return if it doesn't work
        >probably has a warranty
        >will actually be pcie 4.0

        if you wanna take the risk of buying it just cause its cheap go right ahead I wont stop you but don't complain when it turns out to be pcie 1.0 or something stupid like that. Scamming people is a way of life in china.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >>will actually be pcie 4.0
          do you even know how it works?
          there is no conversion of PCIe signals, they go straight to the M2 slot
          I know technology can be hard anon, but try to educate yourself before you make such moronic posts. thanks

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            my second x16 slot isn't wired to be x16, mr. dunning kruger

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            what does that have to do with being PCIe 4.0 or not?
            if you don't have 16 lanes then obviously you won't be able to use 2 of the M.2 slots (assuming your slot is 8 lanes)

            the whole point is that this product is basically just a dumb adaptor
            if you'd be talking about an actual PCIe switch (for boards without bifurcation for example) then you would be right to worry about what IC they are using and if it has enought upstream bandwidth to get full speed out of your nvme drives

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >>can return if it doesn't work
          AliExpress is one of the easiest places to return shit to if it doesn't work. They always side with the buyer if the seller won't co-operate.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      find me a 20$ which is not chink garbage and i will gladly buy it

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Amazon has one for $23.

        buy it from them so you can return it if it doesnt work.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have it. And I use just one of the space for the extra nvme ssd that I have, it works great.

      Every single hardware on your PC is made in China with Chinese parts. Dumb Black person

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    you need bifurcation on the mobo

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have a similar one and it works well. Keep in mind that you need a motherboard that supports PCIe bifurcation in order to use more than the first slot.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not really
    These things are a really confused product.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      in what way?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The requirements to use such a card (PCIe bifurcation) are only found on server/workstation boards and a handful of desktop boards.

        It just doesn't make sense to buy these things depending on what you're doing with them.

        If you're looking to add some moderately priced M.2 SSDs, then why buy the cheap card when you can get better ones with active cooling and such and not risk on something?

        If you're looking at trying to combine some cheap SSDs into RAID or something, it still doesn't make sense because of that requirement for PCIe bifurcation. Desktops don't have very good support and modern server/workstation hardware is expensive, if you can afford the expensive server/workstation hardware why buy low capacity SSDs and the cheap M.2 card?

        The only place these cards make sense is for homelab larpers with decade old server hardware trying to RAID some cheap M.2s and even then it doesn't make sense as U.2 is just better and sometimes cheaper than M.2 drives

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >a handful of desktop boards.
          Most Ryzen boards support it. Most Intel boards do not.
          >as U.2 is just better and sometimes cheaper than M.2 drives
          Guess what you can use this card for? That's right M.2 -> U.2 converters so you can connect 4 of them.
          Not to mention that M.2 is not only for SSDs, you can get AI accelerators in that form factor. Or capture cars like https://www.magewell.com/products/eco-capture-hdmi-4k-plus-m2

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >Most Ryzen boards support it. Most Intel boards do not.
            Most modern board support bifurcation but your lacking understanding of the issue.
            Bifurcation really only works on CPU connected lanes and for alot of motherboards it's a choice between having the M.2 card or a GPU
            Some boards (like my aorus master z590) do allow for not only a GPU in the first CPU connected slot but also 4x/4x bifucation in the second CPU connected slot but I have recently learned that that was the last generation that supported that type of configuration.
            Vast majority of boards only support 8x/8x bifurcation and even tho the lanes are there to support 4x M.2 the fact it's only 8x/8x means even if you did go without a GPU only 2 of the M.2s would actually work.
            You need 4x/4x/4x/4x to use the card properly and there is like one ITX gigabyte AM5 board
            >Guess what you can use this card for? That's right M.2 -> U.2 converters
            Might as well just have pic related

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Also ANUS recently added bifurcation support to most modern boards as a BIOS update because they released a GPU+SSD combo card.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >why buy low capacity SSDs and the cheap M.2 card
          I can get few Dell 512gb M.2 drives for free, I thought I can use it for cheap storage solution

          If I could find not expensive motherboard it would make sense to do that then?

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have the correct port and bios settings for bifurcation but it didn't work on my mobo (x570 aorus elite wifi 1.x). Can only use 2 of the 4.

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