Thursday, July 8th 2021

OWC Announces U2 ShuttleOne: Build Your Own Affordable High-Performance U.2 SSD

OWC, the premier zero-emissions Mac and PC technology company, and a respected provider of Memory, External Drives, SSDs, Mac & PC docking solutions, and performance upgrade kits, announces the OWC U2 ShuttleOne. This innovative "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. Performance enthusiasts, IT admins, M&E pros, gamers, and more can now use a readily available and affordable NVMe M.2 "blade" style SSD in a 2.5-inch U.2 bay. Whether you have a U.2 bay equipped server, workstation, gaming rig, or external drive, the OWC U2 ShuttleOne gives you access to a new world of storage possibilities.

The OWC U2 ShuttleOne offers a full-metal housing that solidly protects your drive and data while providing cooling that's superior to adapters made with other materials. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne delivers complete drive reliability and takes your workflow beyond the limits. Small form factor NVMe M.2 SSDs can pack a powerful performance but swapping them can damage the connector and make the drive unreadable. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne lets you change your NVMe M.2 SSD at will in any 2.5-inch U.2 drive bay with the peace of mind that your drive will stay protected. This innovative adapter is fully certified and rated up to PCIe Gen 4, meaning the OWC U2 ShuttleOne supports your drive's fastest performance up to 8,000 MB/s. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne can make your dream of mind-blowingly fast speeds a reality.
The OWC ShuttleOne is built for many different tasks and lifestyles
Gamers: Change out game load drives quickly while keeping an extra heat source from resting directly on your 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.

IT Admins: Boost your bottom line and lower your server room/data center TCO by using affordable NVMe M.2 drives. This thermally efficient, easily swapped adapter will meet all of your drive-swapping needs with ready flexibility.

Performance Enthusiasts/System Builders: Add blazing fast, highly affordable storage to your computer's U.2 equipped bay. If you're building a system that has a U.2 port on the motherboard, you can create a U.2 enabled drive bay with a U.2 power/data cable. You can also use the OWC U2 ShuttleOne externally with a wide variety of OWC solutions that offer one or more U.2 bays.

Archiving/Backup: The affordability of M.2 drives and the OWC U2 ShuttleOne enables you to create fast-access storage archives for individual clients, large projects, and off-site data backups.

M&E Capture: Record it all faster, more accessible, and more affordably with U.2 capable digital capture systems. Now you can use a single drive without any particular card reader: experience faster performance, higher capacity, and a superior cost per GB ratio vs. digital media cards.

Ingest, Duplicate, and Ship to Post Workflow: Dramatically lower ingest time and cost with a single high-performance drive. The OWC U2 ShuttleOne will help you significantly reduce shipping costs to post-production by utilizing a U.2 bay-equipped PC or OWC solution on both ends of the workflow.

OWC U2 ShuttleOne Highlights:
  • Flexible: Easily install an NVMe M.2 SSD in minutes
  • Swappable: Protects your SSD connector from wear
  • Beyond Fast : Fully PCIe Gen 1-4 certified for today's and tomorrow's SSDs, up to 8,000 MB/s
  • Broad Compatibility: Use in 2.5-inch U.2 bays and OWC ThunderBay Flex 8, and OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 NVMe Interchange System
  • Optimum Cooling: Full metal housing keeps the drive running cool and throttle-free
  • Worry-free: Up to 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty and lifetime support
The OWC U2 ShuttleOne is available now for $44.99 at MacSales.com.
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10 Comments on OWC Announces U2 ShuttleOne: Build Your Own Affordable High-Performance U.2 SSD

#1
DeathtoGnomes
wow that PR marketing.. Build your own.

Okay, lets see what I have laying around, some model glue, some....
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#2
n-ster
You got to be careful with that many high speed drives, they can bog down the CPU and end up being unusable.

In a decade, it would be cool to put a bunch of p5800x drives
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#3
yotano211
What the hell is a u.2 port. They keep mentioning it so many times.
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#4
n-ster
It's kind of like a SATA port, sturdier and accommodating for the 2.5" form factor, but instead you can use it for an NVMe drive or 8 SATA drives. 2.5" NVMe SSDs have a big advantage in that cooling a so much easier, you can hotswap, more space for everything. Imagine having a server with 24 M.2 drives inside, versus a server that has 24 laptop sized drives you can just pull out from the front
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#5
claes
n-sterIt's kind of like a SATA Express port, sturdier and accommodating for the 2.5" form factor while supporting PCIe, but instead you can use it for an NVMe drive or 8 SATA drives. 2.5" NVMe SSDs have a big advantage in that cooling a so much easier, you can hotswap, more space for everything. Imagine having a server with 24 M.2 drives inside, versus a server that has 24 laptop sized drives you can just pull out from the front
:)
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#6
kayjay010101
yotano211What the hell is a u.2 port. They keep mentioning it so many times.
SAS with 4 PCIe lanes. Think of it like NVMe+SAS in one connector made for the 2.5" form factor.
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yotano211
kayjay010101SAS with 4 PCIe lanes. Think of it like NVMe+SAS in one connector made for the 2.5" form factor.
I've seen u.2 connector but I've never heard of a u.2 port. Must be same thing.
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#8
DeathtoGnomes
yotano211but I've never heard of a u.2 port. Must be same thing.
I was guessing something like a external hotswap bay.
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#9
n-ster
Left is what the drive attaches to, the right attaches to the port on your motherboard. The motherboard port looks like the second image


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#10
ypsylon
U.2 comes with SFF-8639 connector. Normal mSAS is SFF-8643/44. Never under any circumstances connect U.2 to normal mSAS header. Pin-out inside is totally different.

U.2 is always PCIe x4 connector.

U.2 was specifically designed for industrial SSDs where U.2 is a standard. In consumer space it never managed to catch on. Probably because of super duper clunky cabling.

As for OWC that's another PR pulp for the brainless. They have great products, but this bloody nonsense about zero-emissions is outright lie unless they have cold-fusion reactor somewhere + replicator and make everything from pure energy and then transport that via teleportation. So not 0 emissions. Tons of emissions, but statistics are biggest lie of all.
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