For the forthcoming M.2 interface cable to be shipped (under a separate SKU) with the 750-series 2.5" NVMe SSDs; will this be available with alternate mounting/securing holes (at the 2260 mark in particular), or can the interface board be drilled out in that position? I want to use this drive (once the proper M.2 interface cable is available) with a MSI miniITX board, but said board only supports up to a 2260 M.2 for proper securing… Please advise…!!!
Thanks for posting in our forum, we would like to know if you are referring to our current U.2 to M.2 via Hyper kit?, if that is the case, then you can order it here: http://click.intel.com/sff-pcle-ssd-cable.html SFF PCle SSD Cable - SSD Spare Parts.
Please let us know if you are referring to a different cable.
I would like to use the above cable/adapter/whatever with a MSI miniITX motherboard; one which, for what reason I will never know; only has securing holes at the 40mm & the 60mm locations for the M.2 SSD slot…
Might the above pictured include a pre-drilled/finished hole for securing to the 60mm location?
Or, if not finished from the factory, is it safe to drill at previously mentioned location?
Thanks for the reply. In this moment we would like to check with our team and we will be providing an answer soon, we will keep you posted.
We have verified the information and we can tell you that the only cable option for M.2 that we will be offering is 80mm length (2280). At the moment we are not planning on making any other cables/SKUs to support shorter M.2 system slot configurations.
If you have any further questions, please contact our support department https://customercare.intel.com/?lang=en-US here.
Thank you for the reply…
Not asking for a third SKU to be added (SSD + current U.2 connector cable / SSD + above pictured M.2 connector cable / SSD + hypothetical 2260-length M.2 connector cable), but simply asking if a securing hole (either from the factory, or added by the end user) can be located SAFELY at the 2260 mark ON THE CURRENT M.2 connector (again, as pictured above)…?!?
Here is our response:
We do not recommend or support modifying/altering the cable. There is no circuitry that should be impacted if a hole was drilled at 60mm, but without further experimentation, we cannot assume that drilling a hole or cutting off the board at 60mm would not impact the ground plane on the board. At this time, the current 80mm design is the only design planned and validated.
Please let us know if you have any other question.
Thanks for the replies…!
I guess I will have to just forgo the MSI Z170 mITX motherboard, as I do not want to chance damaging the M.2-based interface cable for the 750 Series 2.5" NVMe SSD… Shame MSI had to go with such a sub-optimal choice for M.2 compatibility, especially as most popular M.2 SSDs these days ARE of the 2280 variety…!