SilverStone, a company well known of their cases, fans, coolers power supplies, and PC enthusiast accessories since 2003 have shown off their newest product the ECM23, which is probably one of the most interesting products in the storage space in the past few years.
Silverstone Releases New M.2 Riser Card With Heatsink For Ease Of Use In Slotting In Storage
The thing looks like an old printer or toner cartridge, or something you'd find in a Sega Genesis. It slots inside your PCI Express x16 slots and like any riser card should wires out to its M.2 2280 M-Key slot with a PCI Express x4 wiring, unfortunately while it is a full x16 interface all lanes beside x4 are not used, which they say are to give it some extra retention strength since the riser found does not feature an add-in card to hold it solidly in place. The main PCB serves as a dummy, only providing the activity LEDs and the four PCI Express lanes.
Silverstone aims to make the process of swapping out your M.2 drives a simple and quick process for the end user. Silverstone has made the decision to put the 40 gram main heatsink on the "bottom" side which would mean its ideal to use drives that are single sided so that the cooling capacity remains on the components that are drawing all the heat.
The heat from the other side is drawn from its copper mesh which is printed on the PCB. This they say will draw it to the back side which has an aluminum backplate that is bolted on the main heatsink. this sandwiches the PCB and drive in the middle. The drive measures in at 105mm x 11 mm x 4 mm
Pricing And Availability
Unfortunately the company did not release pricing info, though they should be shipping in the near future.