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SupTronics NVMe board allows four disks to be connected to a single Raspberry Pi 5

SupTronics Technologies has developed the latest NVMe board for the Raspberry Pi 5 that allows four disks to be connected.

This add-on is designed to create NAS with four disks in a minimal amount of space. The X1011 board supports connecting four Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) drives via PCIe 2.0 interface with data transfer rates up to 5Gbps. However, using all four drives shares the bandwidth of a single PCIe lane and does not allow them to be used as a boot device.

The board roughly doubles the footprint of the Raspberry Pi 5. There are also some drawbacks, including the use of pins for power connections, which can be unreliable over time. The X1011 board is available for purchase on the Geekworm website at a discounted price of $51, compared to the planned retail price of $55.