If you have been looking for a simple enclosure for your M.2 NVMe SSDs, the Orico Dual-bay M.2 NVME Enclosure is a good pick. It features two M.2 NVMe slots side by side, with cooling pads included in its aluminium shell, and tool-free installation.
- Material: Aluminium alloy
- Dimension: 112.5 x 70 x 14mm
- Supports up to 4TB NVMe SSDs
It is marketed as a dual-bay, however, it's not designed as a RAID array. It's basically two single enclosures side by side. This means you can connect both enclosures at once, or remove one enclosure while the other is plugged in. Both NVMe drives will not talk to each other unless you connect both of them to a PC. It uses a USB-C port, and supports USB3.2 Gen 2 for speeds up to 1GB/s. Those are pretty decent speeds that should be sufficient for most workloads.
I tested the enclosure with a WD Blue SN570, which, when plugged in to a PCIe 4.0 slot, can go up to 3GB/s read speeds. When plugged into the enclosure though, it hit read speeds of 1032MB/s, and write speeds at 948MB/s in the CrystalMark test. That's pretty up to spec, but you'll need to make sure you are plugging into the right USB-C port or you won't hit those numbers.
The Orico enclosure only comes with one USB-C to USB-A or USB-C cable. It also comes with just one set of cooling pads per enclosure. That means that you will have to get new ones (or skip it entirely) when swapping to a new NVMe drive. Speaking of which, doing so is pretty easy. Just toggle the lock, push out the bay, then click the M.2 drive, and attach the rubber screw. If it's your first time, you can also stick on the cooling pad, and attach the heatsink.
At S$60 on Amazon SG, the Orico Dual-bay M.2 NVMe Enclosure was exactly what I needed. Do note that it comes in two versions, with one version using a SATA+NVMe. Don't be like me, and buy the wrong one. It's also available on Lazada and Shopee, where it's slightly cheaper.
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