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June 1, 2014 11:00:56 AM

I have an MSI GE60, which is a gaming notebook. I am not wanting to completely replace my HDD with an SSD, but I do want to add an mSATA SSD to the computer for my boot files. Is an mSATA SSD worth the cost? Will it be much faster than my HDD for boot times even though it isn't a complete SATA3 SSD?

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a c 99 G Storage
June 1, 2014 11:52:22 AM

mSATA SSD ARE SATA3! And YES, well worth the money.

The limiting factor will be your motherboard. If it supports SATA3, that's what mSATA would be.

Bottom line: ANY SSD you'd get (SATA or mSATA, SATA2 or SATA3) will be way faster than any HDD.

HDDs don't even come close to saturating either SATA bandwidth.
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June 1, 2014 11:56:29 AM

foscooter said:
mSATA SSD ARE SATA3! And YES, well worth the money.

The limiting factor will be your motherboard. If it supports SATA3, that's what mSATA would be.

Bottom line: ANY SSD you'd get (SATA or mSATA, SATA2 or SATA3) will be way faster than any HDD.

HDDs don't even come close to saturating either SATA bandwidth.


Thanks! That was fast. Thank you also for clearing up the misunderstanding between mSATA and SATA3. One last question. If I am on somewhat of a budget do I need the best SSD or will any outweigh an HDD. I was just going to get one with at least 120 gb of storage for my boot files then use my HDD for everything else. Is it necessary to buy the nicest one?
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a c 99 G Storage
June 1, 2014 2:29:33 PM

As stated before: ANY SSD will be faster than any HDD.

Stick to your budget. 120GB will be fine as a boot/program drive.

I'd recommend the Samsung EVO 120GB, but whatever you can get.
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