By getting a little creative. Both of the SSD mounts are actually screwed together. Then I mounted them down to the bottom of the case with a single screw strategically placed in a threaded hole found towards the front of the chassis.
Thanks for posting the link mate! Somehow I totally botched the link I placed in my description. Fixed now. Glad you found it :)
Update on my M.2 PCIe 4x adapter. I picked up this one:
The thing works flawlessly. Thanks again for your suggestion. I was able to move the M.2 out of the vertical mount, and now its hidden in a PCIe slot beneath my graphics card. The heat sink, in addition to its new location, keeps the drive on idle at a consistent 20 degrees Celsius. For comparison, every other drive in my bay sits at around 32C. Both read and write speeds are running at max speeds for the drive as well.
For $16 it was exactly what I needed.
Of course the only downside is that it takes up a PCIe slot. But right now that's not an issue. Perhaps down the road I will have to find a new solution.
Why do you say that?
Thanks for pointing this out! I figured you were simply pointing me in the right direction so I went and searched out all the similar options available as well. There seems to be quite a few options in regards to PCIe 4X and NVMe compatibility, both very affordable $10-$20 range and some higher priced ones going for $60. I wasn't able to find compatibility specifics on most of them like you were, so I ended up taking a risk and pulling the trigger on a $16 Chinese one with a heatsink that was the most discrete I could find. I'll run some CrystalDiskmark tests on it when I get it in 4 weeks (haha) and post some results, if it even boots. Thanks usscac40!
I remember seeing that video a while ago, crazyness. I might have to try something like that, haha.
YES! That's exactly what I need. And $32 is not bad at all. I searched M.2 extension cables to move it elsewhere but they cost a fortune ($70-$90). I think that PCIe adapter would be perfect for now. Do you know if it effects the speed of the drive at all?
If I didn't get this board on a Black Friday sale I would have gone with a different one for sure.
Ah yes, thanks for catching that. Been updated.
Agreed, although I had a tough time deciding between the Dynamic and the Phanteks Evolve X.
Samsung M.2 is hiding under the heat shield. But yeah, the vertical definitely feels like an afterthought. The motherboard actually comes with a standoff/brace to support the vertical M.2, but it looked even worse so I removed it. I just hope to goodness I don't bump the vertical M.2 now and snap it off.
Yup! The Samsung is cozied up beneath the heat shield.
Agreed! Been thinking of ways to mask them. But since I've got them I feel like I need to invest in a water block for the GPU now, otherwise they are all for not..
Thanks mate, haha