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SilverStone ECS07 transforms an M.2 2280 slot into a 5-port SATA 3.0 expansion card

The SilverStone ECS07 takes an M.2 2280 slot and splits it into five SATA 3.0 ports. (Image source: SilverStone)
The SilverStone ECS07 takes an M.2 2280 slot and splits it into five SATA 3.0 ports. (Image source: SilverStone)
SilverStone has introduced the ECS07, an unusual device that resembles a thick SSD. However, the SilverStone ECS07 brings expands SATA 3.0 connectivity within a small form factor. The SilverStone ECS07 supports five SATA 3.0 ports running at 6 Gbps each; pricing has not been announced yet.

SilverStone has presented the ECS07, also known as the SST-ECS07. As the company's marketing images show, the device has an M.2 2280 connector, a heatsink and five SATA connectors. For reference, the SST-ECS07 measures 24.8 x 10.3 x 80.5 mm and weighs 23 g. According to SilverStone, the SST-ECS07 requires up to 16 GT/s of PCIe bandwidth and supports 6 Gbps across each of its SATA 3.0 connectors.

In short, the SST-ECS07 allows people to expand the volume of SATA 3.0 drives in a PC build without buying a dedicated motherboard for that use. SilverStone adds that the SST-ECS07 supports device sleep power management and does not need a dedicated driver to work properly. Hence, the SST-ECS07 should be a plug-and-play device, which is handy. Additionally, SilverStone attempts to cool the JMicron JMB585 controller IC with an aluminium alloy heatsink that rests on a thick thermal pad.

Incidentally, SilverStone insists that the SST-ECS07 complies with SATA specification revision 3.2 and supports SATA plug-in detection. Unfortunately, SilverStone has not confirmed how much the SST-ECS07 will cost. Presumably, the device will not come cheap, but it could be an affordable solution to adding five more SATA 3.0 HDDs or SSDs. 

(Image source: SilverStone)
(Image source: SilverStone)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-07-13 (Update: 2022-07-13)