Originally Posted by zinfinion
You can find Samsung 840 Pro series mSATA drives (Samsung PM841) for sale from a few obscure vendors, but Samsung seems to be mainly focused only on system integrators with these. Presumably they will do the same with any NGFF offerings they might roll out.
And either this or the new XP941 can be plugged into the right motherboards. The ASUS ROG lineup previously supported mSATA and the new VI editions support NGFF/M.2.
Thanks for the info. My post was not clearly written so I edited it to clarify. What I meant was something you could plug right into an existing motherboard's PCI slot
. Even for newer boards/chipsets, will mSATA be a wide spread feature? I'm not not entirely sure, but I think the X99 chipset does not feature mSATA. It might be something MB OEMs add via a 3rd party controller (like w/ USB 3.0 or extra SATA 6GB/s ports), but I'm not a big fan of those. Technically my board is SATA 6GB/s capable, but the crappy Marvell controller latency is such that I'm better off using a native SATA 3GB/s port for my SSD.
Putting motherboard interface aside, the other big issue is pricing. Would enough people be willing to pay twice the cost of a same size SATA SSD such as the Samsung 840Pro? Frankly, I'd be surprised if the premium was that "low" - at least until manufacturing matured.