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Can someone please explain to me what makes an msata ssd different than a normal ssd?

I understand what an SSD is but i was wondering what makes an msata ssd different? I was wondering if there is a performance difference and how it worked with the computer. Thanks in advance for your help!
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    Msata is a smaller format that is typically reserved for laptop motherboards, and sometimes used in desktop computers primarily for OS storage to increase boot speeds. I don't know off any benchmarks off the top of my head but I do know that Sata is updated significantly more then Msata and does have faster transfer speeds and more bandwidth. If you are considering a SSD for a desktop i'd recommend a traditional for factor in lue of an Msata as it cost more and requires a Motherboard with a Msata port.
  2. xroe said:
    Msata is a smaller format that is typically reserved for laptop motherboards, and sometimes used in desktop computers primarily for OS storage to increase boot speeds. I don't know off any benchmarks off the top of my head but I do know that Sata is updated significantly more then Msata and does have faster transfer speeds and more bandwidth. If you are considering a SSD for a desktop i'd recommend a traditional for factor in lue of an Msata as it cost more and requires a Motherboard with a Msata port.


    Money is not a problem for me and my computer does have an msata port. I am running two HDDs and was thinking about upgrading 1 to an SSD. Do you suggest I replace 1 HDD with an SSD or get an MSATA and keep both HDDs?
  3. First I have to ask what size of SSD are you looking for and secondly how many Sata ports does your motherboard have?
  4. xroe said:
    First I have to ask what size of SSD are you looking for and secondly how many Sata ports does your motherboard have?


    I have 1 sata port and I have not decided on the size yet. Will an msata SSD run just like a normal SSD?
  5. It will run exactly like a normal SSD except it may be a tad bit slower albeit still faster then a disk based drive.
  6. xroe said:
    It will run exactly like a normal SSD except it may be a tad bit slower albeit still faster then a disk based drive.


    Do you suggest I just go with 1 normal SSD and 1 HDD?
  7. If maximum performance is what you want then having the SSD on actual Sata is what I recommend
    If maximum space is what you want but you still want a SSD then getting an Msata SSD and keeping your two Disk drives is what I recommend

    I apologize if i'm not answering your question but you never said what you actually wanted it for so i'm just giving both reasons.
  8. xroe said:
    If maximum performance is what you want then having the SSD on actual Sata is what I recommend
    If maximum space is what you want but you still want a SSD then getting an Msata SSD and keeping your two Disk drives is what I recommend

    I apologize if i'm not answering your question but you never said what you actually wanted it for so i'm just giving both reasons.


    I was looking for best performance, so I will follow your advice. Thank you so much you have been a lot of help!
  9. No problem.
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