Wavelink UTE02 NVMe M.2 Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure
Newegg was running a sale on this NVMe M.2 TB3 enclosure for $49.99. It went up to $69.99 now but still is a great value. I paired it with a SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB to make sure the drive can exceed the Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth cap (22Gbps). The package is nice and sturdy. There are some extra I didn’t expect. First is the Thunderbolt 3 port secure mount. There’s a red aluminum heatsink for the M.2 drive.
Installation of the drive was straight forward. Here are some photos and benchmark through Blackmagic Disk Speed Test in macOS.
Ordered mine some day ago from ebay at 59£...
I was rather impressed by the quality and packaging as well - was not expecting much at 50$ but this enclosure is pretty neat! Don’t have an SSD to test with right now though.
The Wavelink enclosure has a similar orientation to the Trebleet M.2 enclosure I've been using so you'll have similar considerations for adapting it for eGPU use. I think a 5cm R43MR might be the best solution with the enclosure placed under the GPU to minimize volume. A 5cm R43ML might be the second best solution with the enclosure placed on the back plate side of the GPU (you might want the extra volume for cable management, since the GPU requires PCIe power). The flexible cable should be able to compensate for the longer length of the Wavelink at the Thunderbolt port end (compared to the Trebleet).
Has anybody managed to get Windows 10 installed on M2 drive with this enclosure?
I have Kingston A2000 drive installed, but no matter what I tried, I couldn't make it work. The furthest I got was a freeze after booting into partition created with wintousb.
Installing bootcamp on this drive freezes on "downloading support software" stage.
I also tried installing OSX on it and creating bootcamp partition in that external OSX. That worked up to the point where Windows installer complained about missing drivers.
I have two 15" 2018 MBPs, both running Catalina. Same result on both machines.
On a different note, both the enclosure and Kingston A2000 are rated for 2000+ MB/s read/write speeds. But I only get 1370MB/s on write and 1750Mb/s on read. Judging from the post above, this seems to be a problem with the drive, not the enclosure, right?
I ordered the wavelink UTE02 thunderbolt enclosure, too.
My system partition is on the ssd (Samsung 970 Pro) build in the external wavelink enclosure.
But I had some issues with sleeping/waking my mac reliable.
- If I set him to sleep and try to wake up, there is a turqouise blue screen - I have to restart. (without eGPU)
- If I do the same with eGPU, my monitors seems to recognize a signal, turns on from standby, too … but had a black picture and I need to restart again. Also while mac mini is in „sleep mode“, the eGPU is not in standby.
These two scenario happened, if I wake up my mac after 5 Minutes sleeping. If I wake up my mac quickly after sleeping (1-2, maybe 3 minutes), everything is fine apart from my eGPU isnt sleeping.
My Thunderbolt3 enclosure from another manufacturer is working as expected with system on it. (sleeping/awaking from mac and simultaneous sleeping + awaking eGPU independently from sleeping time). So I isolated the issue to the new wavlink enclosure.
Do you have the similar problems with your enclosure?
Is there a way to solve this, maybe with the terminal?
By the way, I’m following this forum by more than one year and learned nearly everything from here to set up my eGPU-Mac-System. Thank you a lot, you all are doing great work. Your experimenting and experience is BIG help and saves other peoples time and nerves . Thank you (:
Mac Mini 2018 3,2 Ghz i7 (Mojave 10.14.6)
AMD Radeon RX590
LG 27“ UHD-4K Monitor
@pavel_shpilev I bought two of these enclosures with plans to use the second one for a custom TB3 to M.2 eGPU build. I did notice low Read and Write performance with one of them. I checked the firmware version and they are both the same. I wonder what is causing one enclosure to perform full speed while the other is seemingly half speed.
Windows installer would struggle if it doesn’t have the appropriate drivers for your NVMe drive. Look on the Kingston Support website and see if there’s drivers you can download onto a USB stick to load during the installation process.
@itsage Check the Thunderbolt link speed/width in macOS? Compare lspci output for each?
Hello, today it's arrived to me. I purchased the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro (1T) for about $140. The results are good even if I don't have the "perfect score":
I have some trouble in Windows about writing performances. It seems something wrong with drivers...
Partially resolved after this modify (and reboot):
@jefniro Which side Thunderbolt 3 port do you connect the M.2 enclosure?
On the left side. I tried also it alone without any other device connected to the MacBookPro.
Samsung 970 evo plus 1TB not slower SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB, SSD new, date 09.2019 (last firmware), but write speed only ~ 1000.
Generic SSD Controller:
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB:
Capacity: 1 TB (1 000 204 886 016 bytes)
TRIM Support: Yes
Model: Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
Link Width: x4
Link Speed: 8.0 GT/s
@stas To be honest I don’t really know how the Thunderbolt 3 controller in this UTE02 decides to run full speed. The only NVMe drive I could max out the Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth is the SanDisk Extreme Pro. I tried an HP EX920 1TB and it was capped at around 1,2XX Mb/s. The good news is it provides full TB3 bandwidth when I used it in a R43SG M.2 to TB3 eGPU configuration [link].
Wavlink management has finished their MBA and now they ask USD 149.99 for the enclosure to maximise profits.
It is still cheaper on eBay I reckon.