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what can i do with mSATA SSD?

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decided i might add a small china brand msata ssd to my Z77e board.
i run evo850 as a main ssd for OS, so the msata won't be for that. but what can i do to improve the system?
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If it is big enough you could use it as a fast game drive.
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I'd check to make sure your board supports SATAIII with that msata socket... My Z77 only supports SATAII. Plus mSata is kind of a dead socket at this point... it'll probably be obsolete in a few years... m.2 is the new storage drive socket...
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I've been using an old 250GB drive as a media drive. It's technically an upgrade because it uses less power than an HDD and there's no half-second delay before loading a song or playlist, but it's overkill for that. If your boot drive is large enough for games as well, you might consider that.

Alternatively, you could stick Linux on it and mess around with a new OS if you're interested in that.

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I'd check to make sure your board supports SATAIII with that msata socket... My Z77 only supports SATAII. Plus mSata is kind of a dead socket at this point... it'll probably be obsolete in a few years... m.2 is the new storage drive socket...

SATA III doesn't really matter for SSDs, unless you using, say, a scratch disk. It's all about the random speeds, and those rarely exceed SATA I's 1.5Gb/s, let alone II or III.

As for whether or not it's dead. Yeah, I'd say so, it's largely been replaced by M.2. However, there are dumb adapters you can get for a few bucks. The electrical connection is the same as a normal SATA port, after all, so you don't need much more than a circuit board that accepts an mSATA drive. I think there's even some M.2 to mSATA adapters out there.
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