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I've been sitting on newegg for the past month and a half trying to get my hands on an Intel 310 mSATA 80gb ssd. After all this waiting, i've decided to check my other options. The problem i'm having is that as soon as i get the auto-notify email from newegg, by the time i get to the website the intel SSDs are already out of stock. I want an SSD for the fast boot times, but dont want to take up my 2.5" drive bay for a smaller SSD that's under 128gb. I'm also on a student budget and dont want to spend ludicrous amounts on an ssd for my laptop. I need AT LEAST 64gb just for my boot drive (Win 7 with a few programs like adobe cs5 suite, etc), and AT LEAST 320gb on my 2.5" HDD for all my media, other less important programs, and whatnot.

I've done some googling and found a few options:

1. Intel 310 80gb mSATA SSD
roughly $190
200/75 read/write

2. Renice X3 (SF1222) 120gb mSATA SSD
roughly $300
260/200 read/write

3. Other off-brand (32-64gb) mSATA SSDs
anywhere from $140-200 i've seen
anything from 35/100 to 70/150 is what i've seen

I was wondering if anybody else has had any experience with these or if anybody had some real world numbers that i can use to make my decision. I want to try the Renice for the speeds, but i've never heard of them before and cant find much information about them. Any advice or recommendations are appreciated. thanks!
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I'm a big fan of the OCZ Vertex 3 drives. VERY FAST, with TRIM support.

I'm actually awaiting my adada SSD's to show up that I purchased, they look to have great speed as well and are reasonably priced.
Edited by RyanRacer48 - 5/13/11 at 8:43am
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I'm a big fan of the OCZ Vertex 3 drives. VERY FAST, with TRIM support.

I'm actually awaiting my adada SSD's to show up that I purchased, they look to have great speed as well and are reasonably priced.
That's not an mSATA SSD. wink.gif




OP, are you 100% sure your laptop supports mSATA? It is a relatively new standard but I know Lenovo and Dell support on newer laptops. Unfortunately, it is not very clear in spec sheets. Note that mSATA and miniPCIe SSD are different. mSATA support requires the miniPCIe port to be modified to connect to the native SATA controller.


Renice looks like an Asian only company: http://www.renice-tech.com/about.asp?contact

Since the Renice X3 cost more per GB and is more space than you need... go with the Intel 310. I am having troubling find the 80GB 310 as well. This is strange since Intel launched not too long ago.
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I know for sure my Lenovo Y560 supports mSATA. When i bought it, i had the option to get Lenovo's Rapiddrive (kinda the same idea as seagate's momentus XT drives with a seperate mSATA SSD). Plus I've spent days looking into it, and calling their customer service. I know the difference between mSATA and miniPCIe, i'm just having tons of trouble finding any compatible drives.

Another reason i dont want to spend the money on a standard SSD is because if i'm not mistaken, the standard sata port on my laptop is very crippled (SATA I). The drive i have in there now has depressing speeds, its only 5400rpm. frown.gif
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I read that review, and thats one of the reasons i want to get it over the Intel 310. Still the only problem is trying to find one. If anyone can direct me to a website that is reputable and sells either the Intel 310 or the Renice X3, and ships to the USA (minnesota) i would be greatful.
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Originally Posted by Monocog007;13502101 
I read that review, and thats one of the reasons i want to get it over the Intel 310. Still the only problem is trying to find one. If anyone can direct me to a website that is reputable and sells either the Intel 310 or the Renice X3, and ships to the USA (minnesota) i would be greatful.



i just got one RENICE 120G mSATA SSD for my Lenovo X220i from http://www.b2cit.com
at USD300 with shipping to Europe.

Maybe u can have a check. and later i will post the review and upgrade procedures here for sharing.
Edited by sorin2008 - 5/17/11 at 1:41am
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As promised, my experience on upgrading my Thinkpad X220i with RENICE mSATA SSD here.



RENICE 50mm mSATA
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let me take over the back side and disassemble the screws.
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Turn back again and take out the keyboard

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Be carefully, Keyboard slip connect with blue connector, plug it out lightly!
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Keyboard been taken out.
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Take over back again and start to disassemble screws in row.
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Take out the back shelf.
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Now start to replace the SSD.
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Good. It rightly match with slot.
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Assemble screws to fit the SSD.
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Done. Assemble back the shelf

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Assemble the keyboard back.
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assembled done. Switch on the PC, looking for disk....

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Find RENICE X3 in the BIOS
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Install system now
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System installed finished.
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Evaluate the SSD score, amazed me again, 7.8 scores. As far as i know, the highest is 7.9.
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Test it with CDM, 261MB/249MB, good results!
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post #9 of 13
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Welcome to OCN!

I'm absolutely loving the results and speeds from that Renice. Makes me jealous. biggrin.gif Looks like i'll be ordering that one ASAP. How long did it take to ship to Europe? Should be a similar time to central US..
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Originally Posted by Monocog007;13545926 
Welcome to OCN!

I'm absolutely loving the results and speeds from that Renice. Makes me jealous. biggrin.gif Looks like i'll be ordering that one ASAP. How long did it take to ship to Europe? Should be a similar time to central US..

yep, that is really amazing. 3-day shipping to Europe.
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