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Geekworm M901 PCIe to M.2 Key-M NVMe SSD PIP TOP for Raspberry Pi 5

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Note: The Raspberry Pi 5, M.2 NVME SSD is not included in the packing list.

Overview
The M901 shield is an NVME M2 SSD PIP (PCIe Peripheral Board) for the Raspberry Pi 5 that uses the new PCIE interface of the Raspberry Pi 5 to utilise the NVME M2 SSDs for fast data transfers and ultra-fast booting.
This shield follows the new "PIP" design guideline from Raspberry Pi fundation ensuring that it will be easy to use and be supported long term by updates to Raspberry Pi OS - though it is very early days and things are improving rapidly there!

User Manual: https://wiki.geekworm.com/M901

[Important Notes]

  • 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.

Features

  • Minimalist design, easy to install
  • Compatible with other HAT shield;
  • Supports installation of official active coolers;
  • SSD ACT LED Indicators-On: Power OK/Standby, Flashing: Reading/Writing
  • Supports 2230/2242/2260/2280 NVMe M2 SSD
  • Can power the M901 shield directly from the FFC PCIe ribbon (providing maximum 5W of continuous power)

Packing List

  • 1 x M901 PCIe to M2 NVMe PIP PCIe Peripheral Board
  • 1 x PCIe FFC Cable (50mm Length)
  • 6 x M2.5*5 Screws
  • 3 x M2.5*17 Female/Female Spacers
  • 1 x M2.5 Copper Nut & Screw to fix SSD 2230 / 2242 / 2260 Length

Refer to: https://wiki.geekworm.com/m901

Please email to us at info@geekworm.com if you have other questions.

After the release of the Raspberry Pi AI Kit, we tested four PIPs: X1001, X1004, X1011, and M901. X1001, X1004, X1005 and M901 etc. all support the hailo-8 ai ​​accelerator, but X1011 does not.

It should be noted that X1004 and X1005 uses ASMedia ASM1182e PCIe switch, it can't support PCIe Gen 3 speed, so even though we forced to enable PCIe Gen 3.0 setting in Raspberry Pi 5, it is limited by ASMedia ASM1182e PCIe switch, and speed is still PCIe Gen 2.0 5Gbps speed. when you use an hailo-8 ai accelerator, Raspberry Pi Fundation highly recommends using PCIe 3.0 to achieve best performance with your AI Kit.

Our tentative conclusions are as follows:

  • If you need to use hailo-8 ai accelerator with high performance, it is recommended to use X1015/X1002/X1003/M901/ the official M.2 HAT+ etc. When choosing these PIP boards, you should focus on whether there is a conflict between the camera cable and the PIP board installation, and enable PCIe3.0 to use hailo-8 ai accelerator. At the same time, you need to prepare an SD card as the system disk.
  • If you don't care about the high performance brought by PCIe 3.0, then you can consider using X1004, so that you can use any socket of X1004 to install NVME SSD as the system disk, and another socket to install hailo-8 ai accelerator, so as to have both.
Model Features Mounting Position SSD Size Matching Case Matching Cooler Support Hailo-8 AI Accelerator
X1000
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports M.2 2230/2242 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 & PCIe 3.0
  • Transfer speeds up to 5~8Gbps
  • Supports super-fast boot
Top
  • 2230
  • 2242
Not tested
X1001
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 & PCIe 3.0
  • Transfer speeds up to 5~8Gbps
  • Supports super-fast boot
Top
  • 2230
  • 2242
  • 2260
  • 2280
Yes
X1002
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Attaches to the RPi5 bottom
  • Transfer speeds up to 5~8Gbps
  • Supports super-fast boot
Bottom
  • 2230
  • 2242
  • 2260
  • 2280
Not tested
X1003
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Install inside Raspberry Pi case
  • Compatible with RPi active cooler
  • Supports M.2 2230/2242 SSD
  • Supports super-fast boot
Top
  • 2230
  • 2242
Not tested
X1004
  • PCIe to NVMe dual M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports 2 full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 up to 5Gbps
  • High-performance packet switch
  • Support HAT standby power state
Top
  • 2280
Yes
X1015
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Same features as official M.2 HAT+
  • Same schematic & key component
  • Supports full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports up to 4TB NVMe SSD
  • Top
  • 2230
  • 2242
  • 2260
  • 2280
Yes
X1005
  • PCIe to NVMe dual M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports 2 full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 up to 5Gbps
  • High-performance packet switch
  • Attaches to the RPi5 bottom
Bottom
  • 2230
  • 2242
  • 2260
  • 2280
Yes
X1011
  • PCIe to NVMe 1-4 M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports 4 full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 up to 5Gbps
  • Supports up to 4TB NVMe SSD
  • High-performance packet switch
Bottom
  • 2230
  • 2242
  • 2260
  • 2280
No Support
M901
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 & PCIe 3.0
  • Transfer speeds up to 5~8Gbps
  • Supports super-fast boot
Top
  • 2230
  • 2242
  • 2260
  • 2280
Yes
Q100
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • with 1.3 inch TFT to display
  • Supports M.2 2242 SSD
  • Supports super-fast boot
Top
  • 2242
Not tested
Q200
  • PCIe to NVMe dual M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports 2 full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 up to 5Gbps
  • High-performance packet switch
Top
  • 2280
Not tested
M300
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 & PCIe 3.0
  • Transfer speeds up to 5~8Gbps
  • Supports super-fast boot
Top
  • 2230
  • 2242
Not tested
M400
  • PCIe to NVMe M.2 SSD shield
  • Supports full-size M.2 2280 SSD
  • Supports PCIe 2.0 & PCIe 3.0
  • Transfer speeds up to 5~8Gbps
  • Supports super-fast boot
Top
  • 2230
  • 2242
  • 2280
Not tested

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