They LIED to me! - DDR4 RAM to M.2 SSD Adapter

  • Published: 16 April 2019
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    For all of the dozens of you out there who were looking for a way to install an SSD in your memory slot, we FINALLY have a solution. It's exactly as dumb as you might think.

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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   3 months back

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    • Bradley Bisby-mountain
      Bradley Bisby-mountain  3 months back

      O h I t s a P I N K G U Y W I R E

    • deth kon
      deth kon  3 months back

      Linus, isn't the base hardware of an SSd the same as a stick of ram? SSD sizes of ram? in DIMM slots? THIS NEEDS TO BE EXPLORED!

    • Jakob
      Jakob  3 months back

      What the hell is the Badminton-champ Peter doing on the floor Linus?? 7:24
      Best regards' Camilla Martin

    • HEHE BOY
      HEHE BOY  3 months back

      Hey #LinusTechTips can make a video mixing all thermal paste?

    • Ethan T
      Ethan T  3 months back

      #LinusTechTips, I know u normally don't luck in comments, but my dad found a old pc/console from the 80/90's and I was wondering if you wanted to buy it and repair it (if it's broken) in a video or just use it if it's not broken.

    CAOSWOLFIII  21 hours back

    my question is there a daughter board with a bunch of dim slots and sata connections that u can rout to ur pc instead of losing valuable ram space for a more complicated way of using external ssds? hmmmmmm .

    • Larry Gall
      Larry Gall  1 days back

      WTF? Why would they bother mounting this to a memory PCB? They must have had a bunch of extra, or maybe defective memory PCBs and just had a dumb idea to mount this M.2 -> SATA adapter to it.. sowing a mass of confusion to all who see it.

      • Rheller82
        Rheller82  2 days back

        Correction your sponsor is Drop. They changed their name from Massdrop.

        • Michał Góralczyk
          Michał Góralczyk  2 days back

          Doesn't ASUS have something like that but one that actually works?

          • ff00005
            ff00005  3 days back

            Did they actually lie to you, though? :P

            • Dahnkster
              Dahnkster  5 days back

              Hello Linus Tech Tips. I'm trying to decide between a HP 15.6 laptop. Which of these two would you recommend... 15.6" HD Touchscreen Display 8th Gen Intel i5-8250U Quad-Core Processor 12GB DDR4 RAM 1TB HDD Backlit-Keyboard Bluetooth B&O Audio Windows 10 vs. 8GB SDRAM, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD, 15-cw1063wm (1 TB 5400 rpm SATA + 128 GB M.2 Solid State Drive) . Basically comparing an $540 Amazon HP vs a $599 Walmart HP. We are retired RN's, (non gamers) but would like a reliable laptop with good audio, fast processing speeds. Wife's birthday coming up next week and I enjoyed you video and would very much appreciate your input. Thank you in advance.

              • RedNeck Garage
                RedNeck Garage  6 days back

                so it wasts a RAM slot for no aperant reason other then to be a slot hog? Who comes up with this crap!!!

                • Silentcalling
                  Silentcalling  6 days back

                  I know some of the words u said

                  • Luis J
                    Luis J  7 days back

                    Got to love your weird strange and almost handy devices

                    So I was wondering if there is an adapter for a M.2 NVme ssd drive that it is not Pcie slot dependent.
                    As most mini-itx motherboards only have a M.2 slot and the Pcie slot is usually populated with a Graphics Card, so when upgrading a new faster M.2 than the der one becomes useless.

                    • Malcolm Wood
                      Malcolm Wood  7 days back

                      How doe's that work?, if your memory slot can only address say 16Gb per slot, & your M2 card has 512Gb of data?.

                      • Kyle Stanley
                        Kyle Stanley  6 days back

                        The memory slot isn't addressing anything here. The adapter just sits in the memory slot. It doesn't interact with it in any way-- it just occupies that space and uses the tabs to stay secure. The entire thing would work 100% the same even if it's not plugged into a memory slot at all.

                    • Adam R
                      Adam R  1 weeks back

                      I can't believe you missed it. The whole point of the device is so you can put a SATA drive (or extra drive) in a space-constrained chassis. MicroATX for instance, or Intel NUC. If you're not using those two extra DIMM slots, this could solve some interesting problems. Very cool device. Me wanty.

                      • Roger Zheng
                        Roger Zheng  1 weeks back

                        this is actually obvious, as you will need to have something like pcie 256.0 to have a sata drive be as fast as ddr ram

                        • Leo
                          Leo  2 weeks back

                          Thanks Linus! You just saved me from buying one of these.

                          • Zheyuan Lin
                            Zheyuan Lin  3 weeks back

                            Stop laughing about taobao bro, you have an Asian wife

                            • Error 404
                              Error 404  3 weeks back

                              Ugh! I don't like the office either linus! Im so sad 😥

                              • Paweł Smoliński
                                Paweł Smoliński  3 weeks back

                                Hey, does anyone know what make/model that white monitor Linus uses at beginning of this video in his office is?

                                • TC
                                  TC  4 weeks back

                                  For someone who doesn't have an onboard M.2 slot, has occupied all available PCIe x4 or above slots, and absolutely wants to use an M.2 SSD anyway. I doubt they'll sell many of these.

                                  • sakis
                                    sakis  4 weeks back

                                    Hdmi has analog audio and video also

                                    • dbmaster46446
                                      dbmaster46446  1 months back

                                      what about these sandisk ultradimm thigys ? thats a SSD in a DDR3 Dimm

                                      • MarcysFail
                                        MarcysFail  1 months back

                                        Hmm good deal will be if we made HDD from old DDR3 or DDR2 dies.
                                        Adapter for 24 or 48 slots old laptop/pc DDR3 RAM its 100-200 GB for storage.
                                        I have many old DDR3 1, 2, 4 GB RAM in my desk,

                                        • Uncle Jeezy
                                          Uncle Jeezy  1 months back

                                          I want a card so I can put NVMe drives into my RAM slots and use it as a massive Virtual RAM disk connected right into the RAM bus. 64 Gigs real RAM and 4 TB Virtual RAM.

                                          Before everyone says... But you couldn't do anything useful with the extra RAM. I use the PC for work and the excess capacity could be put to good use.

                                          • connor horman
                                            connor horman  2 months back

                                            Rip. What would have been cool would be a M.2 NVMe to DIMM Adapter that lets you use an NVMe drive as ram.

                                            • noname-cv37
                                              noname-cv37  2 months back

                                              Linus you where had

                                              • Jiey Gaming
                                                Jiey Gaming  2 months back

                                                hey linus, make a custom one from broken ram

                                                since some motherboard dont have the m.2 slot
                                                since it can get cheaper

                                                • Muhammad Cahaya Saputra
                                                  Muhammad Cahaya Saputra  2 months back

                                                  I just think, how it must work without compatible chip of motherboard Which supports 256Gb of RAM Memory? And My question has been answered

                                                  • DigiFootage FX
                                                    DigiFootage FX  2 months back

                                                    So they want us to give up an entire RAM slot for what essentially could be obtained through a simple USB 3 external connection using some other more conventional device? Crazy. Edit to say: obviously you don't need to replace a RAM stick to use this stupid thing, so why they designed it like that should almost be considered false advertising.

                                                    • Rifqi maulana
                                                      Rifqi maulana  2 months back


                                                      • EvroNetwork
                                                        EvroNetwork  2 months back

                                                        I'd love to see some DDR4 ramdrive to nvme. Back in the day Gigabyte did build some cards, they were awesome

                                                        • Darko Jerinic
                                                          Darko Jerinic  2 months back

                                                          when you give tech geek non tech toy hahah utter disapointment face so priceless

                                                          • Alfons Putzeys
                                                            Alfons Putzeys  2 months back

                                                            This thing does have a use if you think about it.
                                                            A mb with no m.2 slots, and you have free ram slot in your ram bank.
                                                            But to boot, you have fewer SSD mounting positions in your case than sata connectors on your mb.
                                                            Most cases have 2 drive slots with double SSD drive tray inserted.
                                                            U got 4 SATA hd's. And 2 ports left with no mounting options in the case itself via mounting pockets and etc.
                                                            This could be A reaseneble Alternative to some extend.
                                                            But it would still be sata3 speed since it is An m.2 sata drive.
                                                            In other words you just hooked up your 2,5 inch SSD in another format in prior unused slot.
                                                            Most modern cases however come with SSD holders and even 2,5 inch drive bays.
                                                            Current generation mb' even have up to 3 nvme pci-e m.2 slots.
                                                            Every m.2 pci-e slot however disables 2 sata3 ports.
                                                            Does pci-e 4 change this? I wonder

                                                            • 4d722e2052656473746f6e65 - Komentování

                                                              Here's another surprise: Water is wet.

                                                              • DelireWeb
                                                                DelireWeb  2 months back

                                                                SATA cable ? So they only use the memory slot for power.. Of course since the memory controller on the motherboard doesn't handle the SATA protocol (and as such can't show to the motherboard that it's an M.2 SATA that's pluged in). That's not really "convenient" IMHO : an expansion board using one of the available slots in the _case,_ and that's fed via a power rail (if not from an available PCIe slot on the mobo) + having the potential of holding more than one M.2 SATA (if you have enough sata ports available), would be better.

                                                                • Aaron Puzon
                                                                  Aaron Puzon  2 months back

                                                                  That's Illegal

                                                                  • Brian Smith
                                                                    Brian Smith  2 months back

                                                                    Now, they did make SSD drives that utilized older ram sticks as an actual hard drive, with the RAM becoming usable storage space.
                                                                    They required the 3.3v power during standby and had a 3.6v battery in case power was removed, so the data on the RAM didn't just disappear without power.
                                                                    We're they any good?
                                                                    Of course! You got near DDR speed from a hard drive, but you were limited to the amount of RAM sticks installed. 2-4gb isn't very much by today's standards.
                                                                    After actual SSD drive took off, the technology fell away.

                                                                    • Michael Perugini
                                                                      Michael Perugini  2 months back

                                                                      probably for those who want M.2 sata in their computer but no M.2 slot on the motherboard.

                                                                      • Michel Terres
                                                                        Michel Terres  3 weeks back

                                                                        I think it would be easier just to buy a m.2 pci express adaptor

                                                                    • VaughnLive Misc
                                                                      VaughnLive Misc  2 months back

                                                                      In China the government will give you money to open a business making fake shit like this that doesn't work. That's why China is doomed.

                                                                      • Jack Rodgers
                                                                        Jack Rodgers  2 months back

                                                                        Thank you for reminding me why I prefer Macs. They just work. Need more speed, sell before Apple Care runs out and buy a new one. Resale value is high and makes it possible to own 4 new ones over a four year period rather than wearing out one and then buying a new one.

                                                                        Nicely done, though, for anyone who wants to do this. I just traded up from a iPad Pro 12.9 2017 to a 2018 and the difference is quite amazing. Out of the box and go to work. If your livelihood depends upon your computer, that’s what you want. If you want to build a super fast gaming computer, go for it.

                                                                        • Climate Change Fan Club
                                                                          Climate Change Fan Club  4 weeks back

                                                                          To each their own. I was looking at macs for a while then i discovered the wacom mobile studio, never looked back.

                                                                      • Roguishly Handsome
                                                                        Roguishly Handsome  2 months back

                                                                        This thing is obviously only meant to hold your drive. Like a SSD absolutely needs to be held in place by some elaborate means.

                                                                        • Ryan Randall
                                                                          Ryan Randall  2 months back

                                                                          Plug the Dim back in and reboot. You will have all of your memory plus you will be able to plug in a m.2 drive, too. this is made for people with older PCs who have no extra pci slots or m.2 slors. all they have is a sata plug. poor people. now, they to can run a m.2 drive incorrectly like everyone else. If you don't use a m.2 or u.2 slot that is built into your PC, you will cut the speed from 32gb/s to 15gb/s. also, make sure you have a 40 lane CPU. Basically, people want to upgrade to a name, not what is correct. My PC is all Nand. it has special utilities on the PCI express so you can swap any Nand for any Nand. My m.2 drive will go from 32gb/s to 90+gb/s. PS. if your fans have light or are colored, they are wrong. Noctua NF-A14 IndustrialPPC-2000 PWM Fans with the Noctua NA-SAVP1 CHROMAX Anti-Vibration Pads (Black). And if you want LEDs, but an ASUS motherboard with AURA. no wires, no power, no remotes.

                                                                          • Ranesu ラネス
                                                                            Ranesu ラネス  2 months back

                                                                            I was hoping for a 1TB ram.

                                                                            • Krythix
                                                                              Krythix  2 months back

                                                                              TERABYTE Of RAM!

                                                                              • Jason Bane
                                                                                Jason Bane  2 months back

                                                                                I only watch videos on what you're showcasing. Right now I'm watching this on a DDR4 to M.2 SSD

                                                                                • Striker977
                                                                                  Striker977  2 months back

                                                                                  3:55 this is me when i toy with my hardware expecting it to work

                                                                                  • andrew badger
                                                                                    andrew badger  2 months back

                                                                                    I wanted it to do it as ram as that would be so so so cost easy ... yes is I would I would get 256 gb in a cheep way

                                                                                    • Kensley Innocent
                                                                                      Kensley Innocent  2 months back

                                                                                      That'd too good to be true.
                                                                                      Just buy a 128GB M.2 and now you have plenty of RAM for your 8K videos projects

                                                                                      • Matt Rubin
                                                                                        Matt Rubin  2 months back


                                                                                        HOW IS HIS BIOS NOT DESTROED FROM A HARD RESET?!

                                                                                        • Fridolin Warburg
                                                                                          Fridolin Warburg  2 months back

                                                                                          Heeey at 8.46 we can see a framed t-shirt that's been owned by Peter Gade, danish badminton player, and you've got his shirt with his signature?!? What's the story behind it?