Reach peak performance with the power of the Plugable USBC-NVME USB 3.1 Gen 2 NVMe SSD Enclosure. With a sleek and slim, tool-free design, the USBC-NVME is the first of its kind. Enjoy top of the line heat dissipation maximized by the rugged aluminum case and conveniently connect with compatible USB Type-A and Type-C hosts.
Our USBC-NVME Enclosure’s innovative tool-free design allows the quick installation of an M.2 NVMe SSD in just a couple of seconds. Simply remove the aluminum cover using the locking latch at the back of the enclosure, then insert the SSD and secure with the rubber SSD lock and reinstall the cover. The rubber SSD lock can be moved to support multiple M.2 NVMe SSD lengths including: 2280, 2260, 2242, 2230.
Capable of read and write speeds of over 900 MBps, depending on the SSD used, and when connected to a Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 Gen 2 port. Over 200% faster write speeds and over 40% faster read speeds than leading SATA SSD external enclosures and USB 3.0 flash drives, making long wait times a thing of the past.
- This product is an enclosure only. Compatible SSD storage must be purchased separately.
- Compatible with NVMe M.2 SSDs
- Not compatible with M.2 SATA SSDs, M.2 PCIe AHCI SSDs, or other M.2 non-NVMe devices
- M.2 NVMe SSDs with B-key and M-key cutouts are 2x PCIe Lane devices and will work in this enclosure but may have significantly reduced performance compared to 4x PCIe Lane NVMe SSDs
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 is required for 10Gb/s connection speed (actual drive speed may vary due to media and file system overhead, and potentially thermal throttling for some SSDs)
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 or USB 3.0 maximum connection speed 5Gb/s
- USB Type-A, USB Type-C, and Thunderbolt 3 compatible
- Operating system compatibility: Windows, macOS, and Linux. File systems may be operating system specific.
We have identified an incompatibility with NVMe SSDs using the Phison E7 and E12 controllers and our USB-C NVMe Enclosure. This incompatibility causes the enclosure to go offline shortly after being detected by the host computer and affects Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. Currently the only media we have identified using the Phison chipets are being sold under the brand name Silicon Power. We have escalated this issue with our manufacturing team and the chipset manufacturer. Only the NVMe enclosures with the updated Realtek Chipset (these have the silkscreen pictured the right in the Revisions section below), our JMicron JMS583 based NVMe SSD enclosures are not affected.
We hope to resolve this incompatibility quickly, however the Chinese New Year holiday and closures in China have delayed a resolution. Please feel free to contact our support team via email at “firstname.lastname@example.org” or sign up for email notifications using the form below. When we have a resolution we will send out instructions via the email and update this product page.
USB-C NVMe Enclosure Hardware Revision
Our USB-C to NVMe SSD enclsoure was one of the first devices of its kind to market, since the release we have been working to bring improvements in build quality, drive detection, and new features to this product. We were unable to achieve some of our goals for this device with the original chipset manufacturer and have moved to a new USB-C to NVMe chipset from Realtek. This change does not affect the speed of the enclosure or performance of the drive, but should provide for slightly cooler operation as well as drive name passthrough to help support some of the free cloning utilities that are provided with many NVMe SSDs.
To help identify the new SSD enclosures we have changed the silkscreen, in the figure below the left image is the original JMicron JMS583 chipset, and the right is the updated silkscreen with the Realtek RTL9210 chipset. The newer devices also include serial numbers starting with “2595-“.
In The Box
USBC-NVME Enclosure with one USB-C to C cable, one USB-C to 3.0 cable, 3 replacement SSD rubber locks, and optional adhesive thermal pads. SSD media is *not* included.
Performance and Methodology
|SSD Manufacturer||SSD Model Number||SSD Capacity||Sequential Read (MB/s)||Sequential Write (MB/s)|
|Seagate||Barracuda 510||256 GB||912||911|
|Seagate||Barracuda 510||512 GB||915||933|
|Seagate||FireCuda 510||1 TB||913||939|
|Seagate||FireCuda 510||2 TB||915||940|
Compatible NVMe SSDs available from Amazon
Heat Dissipation and Thermal Throttling
NVMe SSDs generate a great deal of heat, the Plugable NVMe to USB-C Toolless Adapter includes ports for airflow on either side of the SSD as well as extruded aluminum fins for heat dissipation. Even with these features some SSDs may still enter a reduced performance state as they heat up, especially when under heavy load, this is most common with older NVMe SSDs with less efficient flash storage. To help maintain performance we recommend allowing for plenty of airflow around the enclosure. Please be careful when handling the USBC-NVME after extended use, the aluminum cover may be quite warm to the touch.
NVMe SSD Installation Instructions
- Optional: Locate the thermal pads included with the USBC-NVME, remove backing to expose adhesive, and affix to the controller chip and flash memory module(s) on your NVMe SSD
- Use the slide lock to remove the aluminum casing
- Gently align the SSD notch into the socket at a 30 degree angle from the circuit board. Press the SSD edge connector into the socket. Using excessive force may damage the SSD or casing
- Tilt the rubber peg away from the SSD. Then press down on the SSD. Release the rubber peg to secure the SSD into the notch
- With the SSD securely in place, slide the aluminum cover back into place
- Connect to the computer using either the USB-A to USB-C or USB-C to USB-C cables provided
Partitioning and Formatting
New NVMe SSDs come from the factory without a partition table and will need to be partitioned and formatted before use, NVMe SSDs previously used in a computer that have already been partitioned and formatted will work right away. When a new SSD is installed into this enclosure and connected to a Windows computer nothing will happen, the drive must be manually formatted throug the Disk Management utility, we made a video explaining the process here: How to format a hard drive in Windows. MacOS will normally prompt the user when the drive is connected, like Windows the drive will need to be formatted and we also made a video for macOS here How to format a hard drive in macOS.
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