When it comes to adding extra storage to a PC, PCIe cards can be a lifesaver. These cards can add large amounts of fast and reliable storage to your system. While the older SATA SSDs can be slow, adding M.2 SSDs is an inexpensive and easy way to speed up your PC. However, most manufacturers only provide a limited number of M.2 slots, which can be problematic when you need to expand your storage.
For desktop PCs, PCIe plug-in cards for M.2 SSDs can be the perfect solution. These cards come with one, two, or four M.2 slots. In this article, we tested three models with four M.2 sockets: the Asus “Hyper M.2 X16 Gen 4 Card,” the Delock “PCI Express x16 card for 4 x internal NVMe M.2 Key M,” and the “Quad M.2 NVME SSD to PCI-E 4.0 X16 Adapter” from an unknown manufacturer.
With these four additional SSDs and the operating system functions for drive management, you can install large, fast or secure additional drives in your PC. This makes it possible to expand your storage without the need for a new motherboard or PC.
In conclusion, PCIe cards are an excellent option for adding fast and reliable storage to your PC. Whether you need to store large files, run applications faster, or improve system performance, these cards can help. We encourage you to read the full article in c’t 10/2023 for more in-depth information on the cards we tested.