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M.2 SATA SSD Add-in Card Recommendations

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Picked up a new PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD the other day as I needed some more space and wanted to upgrade my boot drive. I had planned to move my WD Blue 3D M.2 SATA drive to the second M.2 slot on my motherboard and pop the new NVME drive into the first slot. Unfortunately, due to an oversight on my part, I failed to realize the second M.2 slot only accepts PCIe M.2 drives and not SATA M.2 drives. This forces me to put the NVME drive in the second slot, limiting it to PCIe 2.0 x4. There also isn't an integrated M.2 heatsink there (nor did my drive come with one), and I've observed some less-than-ideal temperatures. That said, it seems the most cost-effective option would be to get a PCIe add-in card that supports M.2 SATA drives so I can have my NVME drive in the 1st M.2 slot and still utilize my M.2 SATA drive.

Background info out of the way, does anybody have any M.2 add-in cards they've used and can recommend? I'm sure just about anything would work but would rather opt for something a TPU user can recommend before trusting reviews on other sites. Ideally looking to spend as little as possible (since I didn't anticipate having to buy an add-in card), but want something of decent quality of course. Of course, if I'm overthinking this whole thing and can just make do with just about anything on Amazon/Newegg/etc., feel free to just tell me I'm being an idiot.
 
Joined
Jan 8, 2020
Messages
740 (1.60/day)
Location
Maryland, USA
Processor Ryzen 5 2600
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Cooling CPU: bequiet! Dark Rock 4. Case fans: 2x bequiet Silent Wings 3 140s, 2x Silent Wings 3 120s
Memory 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 C15
Video Card(s) Sapphire NITRO+ RX 5700 XT
Storage 500 GB Samsung 860 Evo, 1 TB WD Blue 3D M.2, 1 TB Inland Professional
Display(s) MSI Optix MAG271CQR 1440p 144Hz, MSI Optix MAG241C 1080p 144Hz
Case Fractal Design Meshify C Black
Audio Device(s) Philips SHP9500 + V-Moda BoomPro
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 80+ Gold 750W
Mouse Razer Mamba Wireless
Keyboard CoolerMaster Masterkeys Pro S - Cherry MX Browns
Ended up purchasing a Silverstone ECM20. Was packaged well, build quality seems solid, and does its job.
 
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