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Actually the RTL9210 is a good controller. The ASMedia is as well, and they are very comparable between the two. Reports are saying the Realtek runs cooler and uses less power, but doesn't have connectivity issues.

Per the other user comment: https://forums.anandtech.com/thre...?view=date [anandtech.com]

Lots of feedback on the three controller types. Basically avoid the JMicron JMS583 controller, which is used in the cheapest $20 ones on Amazon SSK & Mokin.

This Unitek uses the Realtek RTL9210 and should be fine.
There are two, Realtek RTL9210 and Realtek RTL9210B. Realtek RTL9210B is the less problematic one. Im not sure if you read the AT thread...

Revision B sounds like a transistor-level change so they respun it with a B.
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Does this works with Samsung evo 970?
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There are two, Realtek RTL9210 and Realtek RTL9210B. Realtek RTL9210B is the less problematic one. Im not sure if you read the AT thread...

Revision B sounds like a transistor-level change so they respun it with a B.
Yes, I realize there's a revision, and I read plenty of the thread.

The revision is slightly more stable, a little less heat, and a little better dissipation, but the original RTL9210 is still a solid chipset.

For the layman on chipsets:
1st/Tie - Realtek RTL9210B / Asmedia ASM2362
Very Close 2nd - Realtek RTL9210
Distant 3rd - JMicron JMS583

Just avoid #3 and you should be fine. Most users within that thread are hyper enthusiasts, and several are pushing their drives to the limit. Probably not the best demographic for the general public...
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Yes, I realize there's a revision, and I read plenty of the thread.

The revision is slightly more stable, a little less heat, and a little better dissipation, but the original RTL9210 is still a solid chipset.

For the layman on chipsets:
1st/Tie - Realtek RTL9210B / Asmedia ASM2362
Very Close 2nd - Realtek RTL9210
Distant 3rd - JMicron JMS583

Just avoid #3 and you should be fine. Most users within that threat are hyper enthusiasts, and several are pushing their drives to the limit. Probably not the best demographic for the general public...
Yeah I agree with you on that. For the most, this one should be fine for most people. I dont necessarily fit the generic mould thus my recommendation towards ASMedia.
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I bought the ASUS ROG STRIX Arion 2-weeks ago, I love it, but it is $53.99

The STRIX Arion supports 4 sizes of drives ( 2280/2260/2242/2230 M Key/B+M Key )

I decided to spend the extra money because it looks a lot cooler and also because the "generic" ones all seemed to have a lot of bad reviews.

normal price is $59.99 but it has been onsale at amazon for 2-3 weeks for $53.99

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product...UTF8&psc=1 [amazon.com]
Thanks, just ordered one, hopefully the extra $ I paid will bring me peace of mind.
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Thanks, just ordered one, hopefully the extra $ I paid will bring me peace of mind.
So what bridge chip does the Asus have?

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https://www.unbxtech.com/2019/10/...lease.html says Asmedia 2362
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Yeah I agree with you on that. For the most, this one should be fine for most people. I dont necessarily fit the generic mould thus my recommendation towards ASMedia.
I just got this for $16.25 out the door with Asmedia 2362:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SLHRHQG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1#custom... [amazon.com]

https://www.legitreviews.com/alxu...iew_220838

but fake spot gives it D
https://www.fakespot.com/product/...-a-c-cable

I am planning to use it with a Samsung 960 evo

edit: This Alxum does not have a thermal pad from enclosure to ssd though
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What cheap enclosure is recommended with a RTL9210B or ASMedia2362? I have a 2230 NVME B+M key drive, so it looks like the cheap Alxum drive is a no-go (M key only). Thanks
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I just got this for $16.25 out the door with Asmedia 2362:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SLHRHQG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1#custom... [amazon.com]

https://www.legitreviews.com/alxu...iew_220838 [legitreviews.com]

but fake spot gives it D
https://www.fakespot.com/product/...-a-c-cable [fakespot.com]

I am planning to use it with a Samsung 960 evo

edit: This Alxum does not have a thermal pad from enclosure to chipset though
Good find. I have 2 enclosures using the same chip and I never had any issues with it. Ive had to return several RTL and JMicrons before stumbling on that and the AT thread.
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Good find. I have 2 enclosures using the same chip and I never had any issues with it. Ive had to return several RTL and JMicrons before stumbling on that and the AT thread.
The Alxum does not seem to work with Samsung data migration software according the Amazon reviewer so which free cloning software? I read the tech radar article https://www.techradar.com/best/be...g-software and thinking about EaseUS Todo Backup any thoughts?

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Also any thermal pads you recommend since it doesn't come with it.
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The Alxum does not seem to work with Samsung data migration software according the Amazon reviewer so which free cloning software? I read the tech radar article https://www.techradar.com/best/be...g-software [techradar.com] and thinking about EaseUS Todo Backup any thoughts?

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Also any thermal pads you recommend since it doesn't come with it.
The enclosure I bought came with one so I wouldnt be able to recommend one per se.

I formatted mines in exfat for my external recorder for my DSLR. Havent had the need for a data migration software. Sorry I cant be more help.
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Do you or anyone knows if it is possible to clone a 256gb nvme to a Samsung 500gb 960 evo nvme using the Samsung Migration tool v4?
Macrium Reflect is the best (for Windows) IMO. Free for personal and professional use, easy GUI, can clone larger to smaller HD (drag/drop /resize partitions on the clone via mouse in GUI).
I used to use Clonezilla almost exclusively (running off a bootable DRBL installation on USB) but Macrium has replaced that for me. If you want to mass-clone to multiple machines or do stuff in Linux then maybe DRBL/Clonezilla is for you but the interface is not "friendly" and cloning from large to smaller is a real chore.
Just use Macrium. It can create bootable USB keys too and it's much easier while still being free for most uses.
Just today I cloned a sata SSD (MBR) Win10 install to an nvme SSD (UEFI) install and it worked just fine. (had to convert the old drive to GPT first using mbr2gpt obv but Macrium worked great. Imaged the disk in Windows from the system drive as it ran Windows and booted the new laptop via Macrium USB to restore the image to the nvme from a USB SSD portable drive (I wasn't allowed to remove the original drive or the new one, hence the USB shuttle for the drive image).
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Macrium Reflect is the best (for Windows) IMO. Free for personal and professional use, easy GUI, can clone larger to smaller HD (drag/drop /resize partitions on the clone via mouse in GUI).
I used to use Clonezilla almost exclusively (running off a bootable DRBL installation on USB) but Macrium has replaced that for me. If you want to mass-clone to multiple machines or do stuff in Linux then maybe DRBL/Clonezilla is for you but the interface is not "friendly" and cloning from large to smaller is a real chore.
Just use Macrium. It can create bootable USB keys too and it's much easier while still being free for most uses.
Just today I cloned a sata SSD (MBR) Win10 install to an nvme SSD (UEFI) install and it worked just fine. (had to convert the old drive to GPT first using mbr2gpt obv but Macrium worked great. Imaged the disk in Windows from the system drive as it ran Windows and booted the new laptop via Macrium USB to restore the image to the nvme from a USB SSD portable drive (I wasn't allowed to remove the original drive or the new one, hence the USB shuttle for the drive image).
thanks for the info on Macrium but is there any specific procedures I should use for cloning from a 500gb m.2 to 256gb m.2?

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It works perfectly combined with the Axlum Asmedia
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