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M300 V1.1: NVME M2 2230/2242 SSD Shield for Raspberry Pi 5
M300 V1.1 Front view


The M300 shield is an NVME M2 2242 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!

Geekworm PCIe to NVME Sets:

Model Compatible with Position NVMe M2 SSD Support Matching Case
X1000 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242 NVMe M2 SSD P579
X1001 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242/2260/2280 NVMe M2 SSD P579
X1002 Raspberry Pi 5 Bottom 2230/2242/2260/2280 NVMe M2 SSD P580
X1003 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242 NVMe M2 SSD P579 / Raspberry Pi 5 Official case
X1004 Raspberry Pi 5 Top Dual 2280 NVMe M2 SSD Coming soon
M300 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242 NVMe M2 SSD P579
M400 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242/2280 NVMe M2 SSD P579

Important Notes

NVMe SSD Incompatibility List:

We recommend avoiding 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
  • WD Black SN770
  • Inland tn446 nvme drive
  • Other NVMe SSD drivers equipped with the same Phison controller
  • Samsung PM991

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. You can run "lspci" command to check the controller brand of the SSD.

We hope the Raspberry Pi Foundation will resolve this issue soon.

Also note:

  • 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.
  • We get feedback from customers that Polaris Controller will also have compatibility problems. Please replace the other SSD test if it not work, whether it is compatible with the Raspberry Pi 5 does not depend on the X100X series boards


  • Compatible with other HAT shield;
  • Supports installation of official active coolers also;
  • Dual LED Indicators: 5V Power LED and 'ACT' (M.2 disk activity).
  • Reserved space for POE module installation
  • Supports 2230/2242 NVME M2 SSD only.
  • Can Power the M300 shield directly from the FFC PCIe ribbon (providing maximum 5W of continuous power)


  1. The M300 hardware has no limit on NVME SSD capacity, which is dependent on the Raspberry Pi OS.
  2. Do not reserve the nut column to fix the 2230 SSD, users need to find proper way to fix the 2230 SSD.

How to Power

Can power the M300 shield directly from the FFC PCIe ribbon (providing maximum 5W of continuous power)

Test Reviews

Reter to X1001#Test Reviews

Packing List

  • 1 x M300 V1.3 NVMe SSD Shield
  • 1 x PCIe FFC Cable(30mm length)
  • 4 x M2.5x17mm F/F Spacers
  • 8 x M2.5x5mm Screws
  • 1 x M2x3mm Screws (to fix MVME M2 SSD)

User Manual


How to fix the 2230 SSD?

A: The M300 does not reserve the nut column to fix the 2230 SSD. Based on our test, you can secure the 2230 SSD using an M2*6mm screw and 2pcs M2 nuts. Place one M2 nut under the SSD, then use the M2*6mm screw and the other M2 nut to fasten the SSD.

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