Metal adapter brings flexible, affordable U.2 SSD storage, says OWC
Affordable storage for a computer’s U.2-equipped bay is offered by OWC with the U2 ShuttleOne. The “build your own” heat dissipating full metal adapter brings U.2 SSD performance and capacity to the mainstream in a flexible, easy-to-use design, says the company.
Whether you have a U.2 bay equipped server, workstation, gaming rig, or external drive, the OWC U2 ShuttleOne provides readily available and affordable NVMe M.2 “blade” style SSD in a 2.5-inch U.2 bay, according to the company.
The OWC U2 ShuttleOne offers a full-metal housing to protect the drive and data while providing cooling. Small form factor NVMe M.2 SSDs can pack a powerful performance but swapping them can damage the connector and make the drive unreadable, advises OWC. The U2 ShuttleOne lets users change the NVMe M.2 SSD at will in any 2.5-inch U.2 drive bay while offering peace of mind that the drive will remain protected, says the company. The adapter is fully certified and rated up to PCIe Gen 4, meaning the OWC U2 ShuttleOne supports a drive’s fastest performance up to 8,000Mbytes per second.
The OWC U2 ShuttleOne is built for many different tasks and lifestyles. If building a system that has a U.2 port on the motherboard, a system builder can create a U.2 enabled drive bay with a U.2 power/data cable. It is also possible to use the OWC U2 ShuttleOne externally.
It can be used for archiving or back up where the affordability of M.2 drives and the OWC U2 ShuttleOne can create fast access storage archives for individual clients, large projects, and off-site data back ups, advises OWC.
It is also possible to record faster and more affordably with U.2 capable digital capture systems. Now, a single drive can be used without any particular card reader for fast, high capacity performance and OWC claims that the cost per Gbyte ratio is improved compared to using digital media cards.
Gamers can change out game load drives quickly while keeping an extra heat source from resting directly on the motherboard by installing the OWC U2 ShuttleOne in an open U.2 2.5-inch bay or connecting it to a U.2 port on the motherboard a U.2 power/data cable.