Ah yeah!When OCZ stopped producing RevoDrives, there wasn't much in the way of PCIe-based SSDs in the consumer market. There's the overpriced, underpowered ASUS RoG RAIDR but that's really it. RAID 0 drives perform better with the same or more than double the capacity (2x256GiB). You can grab a refurbished OCZ drive, but 1) it's OCZ, 2) it's refurbed, and 3) it gets outperformed by higher-end SATA drives in all but sequential performance. I hope M.2 ends up similarly priced to mSATA. These next few years will be quite interesting.
SOURCESome time ago, we conducted a review of a new PCIe Card called the IOSwitch Raijin and it was constructed of a M.2 to PCIe x4 adapter, along with the Plextor M6e native PCIe M.2 (NGFF) 256GB SSD. At the time, the M6e was an unreleased SSD and it seemed that even Plextor was caught off guard at the publicity that report received, politely asking us to lay low with our M6e samples for a while. A few days back, we received the 512GB version of the M6e PCIe M.2 SSD and within the packaging, we found an included PCIe X4 adapter which was a bit unexpected.
In our Plextor coverage this past January at CES, Plextor displayed their M6e PCIe M.2 SSD, as well as a separate product called the M6e HHHF (above) that included the adapter card to maximize system compatibility. Receipt of our product sample confirmed that the M6e will be available as a M.2 SSD alone, or with the M.2 to PCIe adapter as a PCIe solution to maximize compatibility. For us, the added benefit of also possessing the M6e 256GB capacity M.2 SSD is that we can do a bit of RAID 0 testing with the two cards.