Orico USB 3.1 / Thunderbolt 3 NVMe M.2 SSD Transparent Enclosure Case w/ 50cm USB-A plus USB-C cables (Silver)


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The Orico NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD Enclosure enables easy read/write access to a wide variety of PCIe M.2 (NVMe only) SSD's over a super high speed USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3 connection, all in a cool but tough see-through transparent case!

Sorry, this isn't for Mac SSD's, but...

If you need to access an SSD pulled from a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or any other kind of Mac, then this isn't the enclosure you want. Look here for the correct one to suit.

Versatile and Backward Compatible

Based on the latest JMS583 PCIe Gen3 x2 bridge controller, this enclosure allows any M.2 2280/2260/2242/2230 PCIe NVMe SSD to be accessed via an external USB 3.0/2.0 or USB 3.1 / Thunderbolt 3 port. Note, the included USB 3.1 Type-A cable is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, but data transfer speeds will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds if you are not connecting to a USB 3.1 port.

Will this work in a Thunderbolt 3 port?

Yes it will! Included in the box are two cables. One with a USB-A connector for standard USB Type-A ports, and another with a USB-C host connector for USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3.0 ports. No need for an additional adapter!

Be aware though, that this is a USB device, so don't expect full thunderbolt speeds from it. Even so, it's still mighty quick, and will is capable of data transfer speeds up to 10Gbps speed if the host system supports it.

How about cooling - will my SSD get hot in this enclosure?

PCIe NVMe SSD's are known to get rather warm, especially when under heavy loads. This is normal and Orico have gone to great lengths to ensure the case dissipates heat as quickly as possible. For an alternative product that utilises additional thermal pads in the design to assist with heat dissipation, see the JEYI-i9 enclosure.

No additional power cables needed

This enclosure is USB powered (just attach one of the included cables to a free USB Type-A, Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 port on your computer) so there’s no additional external power required.

What sort of speeds should I expect?

You probably noticed that this enclosure supports PCIe 3.0 x2 whereas most modern PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD's support PCIe 3.0 x4. This means the maximum bandwidth is limited to 2 PCIe lanes, but even so, the sequential transfer rates are impressive and exceed 1000 MB/s (QD32), almost double that achievable in previous generation M.2 SATA based SSD enclosures.

Compatible with M.2 NVMe SSD's

This enclosure only supports M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD's with an 'M' Key. Be aware that some older PCIe M.2 SSD's like the Samsung XP941 or SM951 have an M key but utlilise the AHCI (rather than NVMe) protocol, and are not supported.

The table below shows the different types of edge connectors deployed on different models of M.2 SSD Drives

M.2 Edge Connector
Comparison and Orico TCM2-C3-SV Compatibility Table

'B' Key SSD Edge Connector

'M' Key SSD Edge Connector

'M' & 'B' Key SSD Edge Connector

6 contacts wide 5 contacts wide 6 contacts wide 5 contacts wide
Pin Position
Pins 12-19
Pins 59-66
Pins 59-66 (M) & Pins 12-19 (B)
Not Compatible
Compatible (NVMe only)
AHCI SSD's not compatible
Not Compatible
Typical Application
PCIe x2 M.2
PCIe x4 M.2
M.2 SSD Models
None that we know of
Samsung 960/970 Evo & 960/970 Pro
Samsung PM951 / PM961 / PM981
Intel 600P/760P
WD Black
MyDigitalSSD BPX / SBX
MyDigitalSSD SuperCache 2 M.2 (SATA)
Crucial MX200/MX300/MX500 M.2 (SATA)
Samsung 850 Evo M.2 (SATA)
Samsung 860 Evo M.2 (SATA)
WD Blue / Green M.2 (SATA)
Plextor M6e M.2 (PCIe x2)

Hardware Specifications

  • Bus Type: USB 3.1
  • Bridge Controller: JMS583 PCIe Gen3 x2
  • Maximum Data Transfer Rate - 10 Gbps
  • 1x LED Indicator for Power (blinks with drive activity)

Supported SSD Types:

  • PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD (30/42/60/80mm)

Drive/Media Connectors

  • 1 - USB 3.1 Type-C (enclosure connector)
  • 1 - USB 3.1 Type-A (host connector)

OS Compatibility

  • OS independent; No software or drivers required
  • Supports TRIM
  • Supports UASP

Power Specifications

  • Power Consumption: 700mW
  • Power Source: USB-Powered

Physical Characteristics

  • Colour: Silver
  • Enclosure Type: Polycarbonate
  • Product Height: 9mm
  • Product Length: 102mm
  • Product Weight: 54g
  • Product Width: 26mm
  • Shipping Weight: 166g

What's in the box

  • 1 - USB 3.1 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD enclosure
  • 1 - 50cm USB 3.1 cable - Type-A connector on one end (host), Type-C connector on the other (enclosure)
  • 1 - 50cm USB 3.1 cable - Type-C connector on one end (host), Type-C connector on the other (enclosure)
  • 1 - Small Screwdriver
  • 1 - Screw to secure your SSD to the circuit board inside the case
  • 1 = additional small stud to go in the 60mm/42mm stand-off, in case NVMe SSD's shorter than 80mm are ever invented

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