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I'm building a WC Prodigy & am going to be using the Asrock Z77E ITX mobo. I'm trying to reduce cable clutter. Not going to be using an opticle (Buying an external), not using a HDD (also buying external), & was looking at the Crucial 128gb M-Sata (I can install this underneath the motherboard & allows me to not plug in any Sata/Sata Powers to the motherboard & to the PSU (Going to be using a SeaSonic X-750)

My original plan was to buy a Samsung 830 & just sleeve my whole power supply, but with the holidays here.. i'm broke & want to finish this build ASAP (Going to buy sleeved extensions for 8, 24, & two 6 pins. Expecting to save around 100$).

My main question is.. How does this MSata drive compare to real SSD's? Am I going to be taking a big performance hit when it comes to my reads? & will it be noticable (Going to be my main OS drive)??

Thanks for the input! thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by WizrdSleevz View Post

Hey guys wave2.gif

I'm building a WC Prodigy & am going to be using the Asrock Z77E ITX mobo. I'm trying to reduce cable clutter. Not going to be using an opticle (Buying an external), not using a HDD (also buying external), & was looking at the Crucial 128gb M-Sata (I can install this underneath the motherboard & allows me to not plug in any Sata/Sata Powers to the motherboard & to the PSU (Going to be using a SeaSonic X-750)

My original plan was to buy a Samsung 830 & just sleeve my whole power supply, but with the holidays here.. i'm broke & want to finish this build ASAP (Going to buy sleeved extensions for 8, 24, & two 6 pins. Expecting to save around 100$).

My main question is.. How does this MSata drive compare to real SSD's?
An mSATA SSD is a real SSD lol.
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Am I going to be taking a big performance hit when it comes to my reads?
Slight. Look up reviews on them and compare them to the 2.5" form factor counter part. Also, the mSATA connection is SATA 3Gb/s bandwidth.
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& will it be noticable (Going to be my main OS drive)??

Thanks for the input! thumb.gif
Noticeable compared to what? lol

It will be light-years faster than a HDD.
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. Also, the mSATA connection is SATA 3Gb/s bandwidth.

Are you sure of that? I'm in the exact same situation as OP, as I need a new SSD (need more space) and I just found that my new Maximus V allows for an MSATA SSD using mPCIe port (yes they gave me an adapter...)

I was going for the Crucial M4 mSATA 128gb, and I heard that mSATA delivers a faster boot.. The description of the M4 says SATA III, so 6gb/s, are you certain mSATA is 3gb/s only?

So: is an mSATA SSD it slower than a 6gb/s SATA III SSD for boot?
Is the main purpose of an mSATA SSD just to deliver SSD caching to the HDD?

Thanks.
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. Also, the mSATA connection is SATA 3Gb/s bandwidth.

Are you sure of that? I'm in the exact same situation as OP, as I need a new SSD (need more space) and I just found that my new Maximus V allows for an MSATA SSD using mPCIe port (yes they gave me an adapter...)

I was going for the Crucial M4 mSATA 128gb, and I heard that mSATA delivers a faster boot.. The description of the M4 says SATA III, so 6gb/s, are you certain mSATA is 3gb/s only?

It says so here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157312&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboards%20-%20Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157312&AID=10446076&PID=3793426&SID=skim1307X517919X7225527c6c6591351ffa8ef82c174112
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So: is an mSATA SSD it slower than a 6gb/s SATA III SSD for boot?
Look up and compare reviews...it is highly dependant of the drives.
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Is the main purpose of an mSATA SSD just to deliver SSD caching to the HDD?

Thanks.
No, it is just another form factor, mainly to save space compared to bulky 2.5" form factor drives.
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Alright, thanks Sean!! Its an SSD, but I meant to compare it to a full size 2.5''. doh.gif

I didn't notice that it would be running @ 3gb's speed. 250mb reads will be alright for what its going to be used for.
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