New adapter turns M.2 2230 SSDs into CFexpress cards

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta February 4, 2022
Updated 2022/02/04 at 11:56 AM

The Chinese company Sintech has launched a new adapter that basically transforms M.2 2230 SSDs with CFexpress memory cards, which can be a good option for those who want to save a little. For those who don’t know, CFexpress cards aren’t necessarily very cheap, especially when it comes to models over 128GB. With Sintech’s new PA-CFEBM2-S adapter, users will be able to more affordable alternatives.

Unlike regular SD cards, CFexpress cards have PCI Express interface and NVMe protocol compatibility, which allows them to achieve high data transfer speeds. The problem is that this also influences their prices, which makes them cost a lot more than SD cards.

With Sintech’s PA-CFEBM2-S adapter, users can convert an M.2 2230 format SSD into a CFexpress Type-B card easily. The adapter is simple to use, but the user must not forget to apply the thermal compound to the adapter’s heat sink.

New adapter turns M.2 2230 SSDs into CFexpress cards

According to information from Sintech itself, the adapter has been tested with several models of SSDs with M.2 2230 format and PCI Express 3.0 interface, such as Kioxia’s KBG30 and KBG40, Samsung’s PM991 and Western’s SN520 and SN530 models. Digital. The Chinese company also claims that the adapter is compatible with cameras like Canon EOS R5/1DX Mark III/C300 Mark III/C500 Mark III, Nikon Z6/Z7/D5/D500/D6/D850 and Panasonic DC-S1/S1R. The page does not mention Sony cameras with CFexpress slot.

New adapter turns M.2 2230 SSDs into CFexpress cards
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PA-CFEBM2-S adapter is available directly via Sintech’s online store for $43.98, but this value does not include shipping. For those looking for M.2 2230 SSDs, in the US Amazon lists the 256GB model from Kioxia costing $45.99while the Samsung PM991 appears listed on Newegg costing $42.50. To make a comparison, CFexpress Type-B cards with 256GB cost over $200 on both Amazon and Newegg.


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