Originally Posted by rajeeves
The three levels of storage seem unnecessary, aren't msata and sata SSDs identical other than the form factor? MPCIe SSDs are the ones that have the performance boost. I think while msata and MPCIe are physically identical they are electrically different. Regardless, I think you might have mixed up msata and M.2 (NGFF). The impact has an M.2 slot, not msata. You might be able to use the mPCIe slot but you'd have to give up on the motherboard wifi and I think it's still wired for mPCIe, not msata.
Thank you for pointing that out. New formfactors are sometimes easily missed, I would have discovered that in due time, it just happened to be now. All for the best I guess. So, This is what ASUS informs us on the product page:
The compact but versatile mPCIe Combo II further future-proofs your build with M.2 (NGFF, Next Generation Form Factor) connectivity for SSDs. M.2 is a fast and power-efficient standard that aims to replace mPCIe and mSATA, designed to optimize SSD performance. mPCIe Combo II works with your high speed M.2 SSDs and makes the most of their potential, helping you reduce load times to run your OS and games even faster.
and it also happens to be that Samsung announced their new XP941:
This is a game changer... see what I did there.. lol
"With the Samsung XP941, we have become the first to provide the highest performance PCIe SSD to global PC makers so that they can launch leading-edge ultra-slim notebook PCs this year," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung plans to continue timely delivery of the most advanced PCIe SSD solutions with higher density and performance, and support global IT companies providing an extremely robust computing environment to consumers."
Samsung started providing the new SSD to major notebook PC makers earlier this quarter. The XP941 lineup consists of 512, 256 and 128GB SSDs.
The new Samsung XP941 delivers a level of performance that easily surpasses the speed limit of a SATA 6Gb/s interface. Samsung XP941 enables a sequential read performance of 1,400MB/s (megabytes per second), which is the highest performance available with a PCIe 2.0 interface. This allows the drive to read 500GB of data or 100 HD movies as large as 5GB (gigabytes) in only six minutes, or 10 HD movies at 5GB in 36 seconds. That is approximately seven times faster than a hard disk drive (which would need over 40 minutes for the same task), and more than 2.5 times faster than the fastest SATA SSD.
. This is a whole new frontier when it comes to the speed of data and computer processing. I need to rethink my next build when it comes to storage and what not. I might use a small NAS and liberate space for water cooling in the Btfenix Prodigy case. I don't know yet, but will definitely speculate on it.