I am using one for my OS X boot drive and it is every bit as fast as my 2.5" SSD. I had got it at the time because I had a Gigabyte motherboard that had a MSata port on board but that board died the same day I got it. When I got my Z77 Sabertooth of course it did not have one built on. I got a MSata to 2.5" SATA adapter and it seem to be spot on as far as speed. It was only about $20 for the adapter so not to bad.
1) Primary diff: Sata M4 is a +5V and mSata M4 is a +3.3 V device.
2) Sata Power spec provides for +3.3 V, +5V and the +3.3V
Bottom line here is - AOK with using a converter.
Performance Sata Vs mSata SSD (same family) - Benchmark may show a slight diff as the mSata Version is lower power, However the User should NOT see a diff in real life performance as long as the NAND chips (outside of Voltage level) are the same and the controller is identical.
Aren't the latest Vertex 4 using the new inhouse controller, which has been found to have lower perform than normal sandforce controllers, I dropped getting one in favour of the Vertex 3 for this reason.
Well, just for interest I have copied what that guy I mentioned on Amazon below:
(I've not looked into this myself as yet. Just came across this reading Amazon user reviews after (reading Pro site reviews) ordering a Vertex 4 model No: VTX4-25SAT3-256G)
By I. M. Hawley
Take care to check the model number carefully. My manager specifically ordered this model:
But received this one:
The .M model is using Micron flash not Intel and is a slower model - although nobody has mentioned just how much slower.
I have the correct model now, and it seems hugely fast, faster than the Crucial model a colleague has on comparable long running, disk heavy operations.
Of interest, our order was fulfilled by Amazon but sold by a different company, so I don't know if this was a genuine error or whether I should be cynical about the third party vendor - note that the .M model can be had for £310 so be careful.
This is random but Im in the opposite boat and bought the regular sata instead of msata. What size is yours? I bought the M4 256GB and unfortunately opened the package. I purchased from Amazon with the great deals last week and have the receipt to prove it. I only opened the box and not the inside packaging. If yours is a 256 maybe we can work something out.
I recently bought a new SSD for my ASUS Sabertooth 990fx (Desktop PC). But by mistake I purchased a Crucial m4 mSATA instead of the SATA version. The disk is meant to be my system disk.
1. Comparing mSATA to SATA, is there a noticeably difference in performance?
2. If I would buy a converter to SATA:
a) is it likely that I will run into problems regarding compatibility and drivers?
b) will there be a big loss in performance?
mSATA is meant for installing a drive directly on board, with quite short link run and quality on-board 3.3V power supply.
When you're installing mSATA drive into some kind of adapter and connecting the adapter to MB with SATA cable, you're lengthening the link 5 to 10 times and adding two extra connectors (on both ends of SATA cable), not to mention questionable quality of 3.3V step-down power supply in the adapter. Add another connector (or two) in hot-swap enclosure, and you're ready to run into problems.
Recently I've experienced unstable link with Plextor PX-256M5M installed into Minerva ST963FD9 adapter which was inserted into Syba SY-MRA25023 mobile rack. Problems persisted both with on-board ICH10R SATA controller and PCIe LSI SAS 9210-8i HBA. Most probably I should blame the adapter, but I'm not sure about mobile rack too.
Though, in most cases mSATA drive installed into suitable adapter will work fine on desktop PC.