As SATA SSDs slowly give way to M.2 SSDs, so too have the SSDs' use cases. Besides internal storage, of course, SATA SSDs have also commonly been used as both temporary and permanent external storage thanks to cheap SATA-to-USB adapters. And now that M.2 drives are rising in popularity, similiar adapters are popping up for SATA drives in the new form factor. The latest of these being SilverStone's recently launched MS10, a SATA M.2 SSD adapter that supports 10 Gbps USB transfer rates.

The SilverStone MS10 (SST-MS10C) is an aluminum enclosure measuring 104×35×11 mm and featuring a USB Type-C connector. The device is based on JMicron’s JMS580 USB 3.1 Gen 2 to SATA 6 Gbps bridge, with the use of USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) meaning that the adapter offers more than enough upstream bandwidth to saturate a SATA SSD. On which note, it goes without saying that due to the controller used here, the MS10 only supports SATA-type drives, and it will not work with PCIe-based drives (be it AHCI or NVMe). Meanwhile the chassis itself is appropriately spacious, as it accommodate one single-sided M.2-2242/2260/2280 drive.

The MS10 enclosure is aimed at owners of modern laptops with USB Type-C connectors. To protect the chassis, SilverStone ships it with a protective bag. The drive also sports a write-protect switch, in case it ever needs to be hooked up in a read-only fashion to avoid disturbing the data on the drive.

SilverStone’s MS10 chassis will be available in the near future. Pricing is unknown, but as a SATA-only adapter it should not be too expensive.

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Source: SilverStone (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • PixyMisa - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    Make one that takes two M.2 devices. World's smallest RAID array.
  • Valantar - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link + any 2.5" SATA to USB adapter. Done.
  • Shadowarez - Monday, April 1, 2019 - link

    So will this be uefi bootable? Like a portable Linux box and as for raid I'd love to see a USB C version of the Asrick Quad Ultra but use those vapor chamber + fan to cool it.
  • Valantar - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link

    You'd like to see a USB version of a quad PCIe x4 NVMe SSD adapter? So you'd like to have 4 SSDs, but the performance of half of one? That doesn't sound like the best idea. And if your SSD needs a vapor chamber cooler, you're doing something _very_ wrong.
  • Xajel - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link

    Now I would like a comparison between Thunderbolt 3, USB 10Gbps & USB 5Gbps using the fastest NVMe M.2's we have, the Samsung 970 Pro and an Intel Optane... this will be epic..

    Ofcourse compare them also to direct PCIe with a direct to CPU path (not through a chipset or PCIe switch)
  • Valantar - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link

    ... this is a SATA-only adapter. NVMe need not apply.
  • Xajel - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link

    I know, I just said we need a comparison for NVMe external storage to see what is the best interface, and the pros and cons for each one.
  • star-affinity - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - link

    Could throw this in the mix:
  • HStewart - Thursday, April 4, 2019 - link

    I thought there was a review of this - but I believe on big difference with Thunderbolt is how it handles multiple devices but with USB 4.0 everything will be Thunderbolt.
  • SolvalouLP - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - link

    I have a generic adapter just like this from eBay for a few years now. It's also a 10Gbps USB C adapter box. Works great, it is bootable, TRIM works flawlessly even on older Windows 7 machines thanks to its use of UASP protocol.

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