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       Product Overview  

Giving your Raspberry Pi 5 speedy data transfer and super-fast boot!

Introducing the X1002 NVMe SSD shield, the perfect solution for expanding storage capacity and enhancing performance for your Raspberry Pi 5. With its elegant and ultra-compact design, this shield allows for easy attachment of multiple M.2 SSD lengths (including 2280, 2260, 2242, and 2230) to your Raspberry Pi 5. The PCIe 2.0/3.0 interface ensures lightning-fast data transfer speeds of up to 8Gbps, enabling you to transfer large amounts of data within seconds.

The X1002 connects to the underside of the Raspberry Pi 5, eliminating the need for a passthrough for the GPIO. This means you can use your favorite HATs while also utilizing the NVMe shield. Additionally, it seamlessly integrates with the Raspberry Pi official passive cooler without compromising heat dissipation. The inclusion of mounting holes and standoffs provides added protection for your solid-disk drives while effectively dissipating heat. The built-in LED light indicates the current reading or writing status, eliminating any guesswork.

Whether you're creating a home media center or building a Network-attached storage (NAS) system, the X1002 is the perfect storage solution. It allows you to store and stream your own videos, music, and digital photos within your home or even across the globe. Furthermore, the X1002 supports operating system booting from your SSD, resulting in faster application launches, web serving, and file copying.


* NVMe SSD Incompatibility list on the bottom of the page.

       Product Features  

Compatible With
- Raspberry Pi 5B


- Ideal PCIe storage solution for Raspberry Pi 5 - M.2 NVMe SSD Shield
- Supports high-capacity M.2 NVMe solid-state drives up to 4TB
- Accommodates various M.2 NVMe SSD form factors, including 2280, 2260, 2242, and 2230
- Supports PCIe 2.0 5Gbps / PCIe 3.0 8Gbps for speedy data transfer and super-fast boot
- Features a blue LED indicator that displays power and drive status
- Equipped with an integrated high-efficiency DC/DC step-down converter, providing up to 3.5A of power for your SSD

- Powering via both pogo pins and FFC, ensuring sufficient power supply without any worries
- Designed to be attached on bottom, allows using your favorite HATs alongside it
- Compatible with the official active cooler without affecting cooling performance


       Test & Reviews  

Test Conditions

-System board details: Raspberry Pi 5 Model B Rev 1.0 , 4G RAM

-Interface board details: X1000, X1001 and X1002 NVMe Shield

-Operation system: Raspberry Pi OS with desktop (Debian12 (bookworm), 32bit, Release date: October 10th 2023)

-Storage details: Netac N930E-PRO M.2 NVMe 128GB


Testing the SSD speed from command line with dd

1) To test the write speed, writing 1 GB of data in 10 blocks of 100 MB.

2) To test the read speed, use dd to read our entire TestingFile file generated from the last command, in 10 blocks of 100 MB each.


Run at PCIe 2.0



Run at PCIe 3.0


As seen above, the final results with the dd command are:

  -Write speed: 379 MB/s at PCIe 2.0, 603MB/s at PCIe 3.0
  -Read speed: 415 MB/s at PCie 2.0, 781MB/s at PCIe 3.0


Testing disk drive read speed with hdparm

Run at PCIe 2.0, average read rate: 395.5 MB/s (3 samples)



Run at PCIe 3.0, average read rate: 768.3 MB/s (3 samples)


       Technical Specification  
Power supply : 5Vdc +/-5% power via pogo pins & FFC, converted to 3.3V max 3.5A  to power the SSD
Ports & Connectors : PCIe connector - 16-pin pitch0.5mm
  SSD connector - M.2 KEY-M 67P
PCIe cable length : 37mm
PCB Size : 87mm x 56mm
       Package Contents  

-  X1002 V1.1 NVMe shield x1

-  Screw pack x1

        Important Notes  
- NVMe SSD Incompatibility List
  We recommend refraining from using the following NVMe SSD drives which is equipped with a Phison controller due to their proven incompatibility:

WD Blue SN550/SN580 series
WD Green SN350 series
WD Black SN850 series
Other NVMe SSD drivers equipped with the same Phison controller

These specific models have demonstrated compatibility issues, and it is advisable to avoid them when considering NVMe SSD options for the X10xx series NVMe shield. By steering clear of these drives, users can ensure a smoother and more reliable experience with their storage solutions.
- Compatible with M.2 NVMe SSDs
- Not compatible with M.2 SATA SSDs, M.2 PCIe AHCI SSDs, or other M.2 non-NVMe devices
- Older NVMe drives with less efficient flash media may not perform as well as newer drives
- New NVMe SSDs are not partitioned and will need to be both partitioned and formatted when first connected to the Raspberry Pi before they will be accessed in the Explorer.
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