The Sabrent EC-SNVE; A Fancy USB-C Home For Your NVMe
Almost As Nice As Their SSD Packaging!
If you are looking for a dead simple SSD enclosure which you can pop open with the push of a button then checking out the Sabrent EC-SVNE external drive enclosure is worth your time. It is a slim aluminium stick, measuring 5.59 x 5.76 x 0.63″ with an ABS frame inside to keep your M.2 drive safe and operating at a reasonable temperature and costs less than $30.
The connection is a well implemented USB 3.2 Gen 2 plug, which Tweaktown measured transferring at 1055 MB/s read and 1015 MB/s write in CrystalDiskMark when they installed a Sabrent Rocket 4 NVMe drive; not even the Plus model. As that is about the best you can hope for from USB 3.2 Gen 2 connection, even a faster NVMe drive won’t improve transfer rates. Then again, at that speed you don’t really have much to complain about.
The enclosure will handle M.2 2242, 2260 or 2280, and to make it even more attractive you can grab the discount code from Tweaktown’s review to drop the price even further.
Sabrent's EC-SNVE USB-C Tool-Free enclosure for SSDs gets put under the spotlight. It's a great way to make an SSD portable.
I recently got an Orico enclosure just like that: https://www.newegg.com/p/0VN-0003-001R5?Item=9SIA1DSBWX4083
And performance is similar, too. It’s a lot better thermally than the other one I bought a while back: https://www.newegg.com/orico-tcm2-c3-bk-bp-enclosure/p/0VN-0003-001D8?Item=9SIA1DS93D6843
With that one, the performance was okay, but it got hot really fast and the drive throttled. The drive is a horrible slow/hot drive and I put it in an external enclosure because its performance was more like a USB drive than something that deserved to be plugged into a x4 M.2 slot. I don’t recommend the “Team Group MP33 M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe 1.3 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) TM8FP6001T0C101”. I won’t link to it as I really don’t recommend anyone buy it.
Ouch, that must’ve been disappointing. Did you have a heatspreader on it or was it naked?
In the PC it was naked, but there was a reasonable amount of airflow–CM 932HAF case–but in the enclosure it only had the little gumstick heatsink–and a thermal pad between the two.
Why it worked better in the one case than the other is confusing. Performance was the same, but CrystalDiscInfo showed a large temp difference.