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Sata vs mSata SSD for a laptop

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March 13, 2014 3:39:52 AM

Hey there, I've been on pc to make a custom laptop but at the moment I can't afford to put an ssd in the laptop.

I went on amazon and found I could buy an msata ssd from there later on. What's the difference between sata and msata, is it just the connection or is the speed different as well?
The msata ssd I'm looking at upgrading it to in a couple months is this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BQ8RHMO/ref=noref...
I was just wondering why it's cheaper than a standard samsung ssd and what the differences were in performance.

Thanks, George.

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March 13, 2014 9:38:21 PM

mSATA solid state drives plug into a mini-PCI express slot on a notebook, whereas SATA doesn't.
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March 14, 2014 12:14:44 AM

I know that, but what about differences in performance?
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April 2, 2014 3:08:06 AM

sora said:
mSATA solid state drives plug into a mini-PCI express slot on a notebook, whereas SATA doesn't.


The answer is, "it depends". The mini-PCIe slot gets wired up to one of the motherboard's SATA ports. If that port is SATA III, then most any SATA SSD with a comparable mSATA model with act the same. We typically see little to no difference amongst drives with 2.5" SATA and mSATA variants. The Samsung 840 EVO is the same in mSATA and SATA versions. Either way, you're golden.


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April 2, 2014 6:58:35 AM

Get the regular SATA drive, if you get the mSATA you will need to spend extra for a converter unless your system can take an mSATA drive size.
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