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I'm doing a mITX build and just noticed that my Z77E has an mSATA connection on the back. After reading it looks like going mSATA over a regular SSD has negligible performance differences. Is this true? The drive would be a Crucial M4 128GB. This will be my first SSD and I want mSATA because of the lack of cables. I have all of my files on my HTPC/NAS so it will only be running an W7 or W8 with a few programs and no games. I just want to make sure: is this a good choice or are there any downfalls to mSATA?
post #2 of 7
That msata is connected to sata2 line,that means if you buy m4 msata SSD you will see only half of performance,so here you are,enjoy.
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It would only decrease your read write speeds. The benefit of super fast load times and boots will still be there. It will still be excellent for your use.
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So performance will still be on par with a regular SSD even when on sata2? I'll probably be doing heavy CAD work eventually.
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I have a MSata in my prodigy build along with my Asrock Z77E-ITX. It does only get Sata2 speeds, but its nothing that you'll ever notice.. it actually posts in 10 seconds (7 seconds faster than my main rig with a Samsung 830).
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mSATA controllers only have up to 4 channels while most controllers actually have 8 (sometimes 10) channels. This does hurt the SSD performance but is still MUCH better than a HDD.
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Thanks guys. Looks like more money spent haha.
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