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mSATA a dying standard?

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Hi,

Thinking of upgrading to a 1TB SSD, mb has an msata slot, so it'd be pretty cool to have a very clean build. I'm wondering whether msata support will be getting phased out in the future, in the event I want to upgrade my system down the road. Or is it all m.2 and nvme from here on out?

I saw that there are msata-sata adapters out there now, are they any good? Any penalty speed-wise?

Thanks.
post #2 of 3
It's mostly going to be M.2, yeah. It already is really. NVMe will take a bit to catch on, but I don't think it's exclusively PCIe based. I think there are a few SATA drives out there using it but I'm not completely sure.

But don't worry. M.2 is just a connector - with a ton of variants (B and M keys are most common IIRC) - and not an electrical interface. M.2 drives right now are mostly SATA drives, while a few high-end drives use PCIe. For example, the Samsung 850 EVO, Crucial MX200, and this MyDigitalSSD thing are all SATA drives using the M.2 connector. The 850 EVO and MX200 are, in theory, identical to the 2.5" versions. They might run a bit hotter though since M.2 seems to have issues with heat dissipation and 2.5" drives often use the metal case as a heatsink.

Additionally, even if mSATA does end up going away in a couple years, you've still got dumb adapters available. Examples include this. The best part about that is how simple it is. I don't see any components on the circuit board at all. Best I can tell, it's the dumbest of dumb adapters and does nothing more than route the mSATA connector's pins to the appropriate M.2 pins. Naturally, it works in reverse if you have a new motherboard and an old drive.
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That is exactly what I needed to make up my mind! Looks like that 1tb msata ssd should last a while.

I was only looking at msata->sata adapters, it didn't even cross my mind to look into msata<->m.2

Thank you!
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