Intel HM55 chipset SSD help?

Just discovered my laptop has an Intel HM55 chipset

What does this mean when im shopping for an SSD? Will I be limited?

Crucial have recommended this
http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=3DE35FAFA5CA7304

However would this fit?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Crucial-256-GB-m4-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-Drive-SATA-6Gb-s-CT256M4SSD2-NEW-BOX-/290709793883?pt=UK_Computing_HardDrives_RL&hash=item43afa76c5b#ht_3036wt_2018

I dont really want to spend over £180 and if I can get a 256GB SSD for that I would be happy,
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  1. That chipset supports SATA 3Gb/s ports, so you will not get maximum advertised Read/Write speeds from your Crucial M4, but your performance will be much, much better than a hard drive.
  2. So both of them hard drives are compatible?

    I have read that performance has been capped across all SSD's on this intel chipset. should I be worried about that when spending £180? Or have these problems been ironed out?

    I also found this page haven't had a chance to look at it yet but it might prove useful to my chipset
    http://forums.pctweakers.net/archive/index.php/t-12.html
  3. Yes, they are both compatible. You have to check with Crucial though because I don't think they honor warranties from drives sold on eBay. So if the drive dies on you 6 months from now you'll be out of luck.

    There's no problem with the chipset, it's just that your SATA ports are 3Gb/s. So any 6Gb/s SSD (like your M4) that you connect to the ports will operate at 3Gb/s speeds.
  4. Dereck47 said:
    Yes, they are both compatible. You have to check with Crucial though because I don't think they honor warranties from drives sold on eBay. So if the drive dies on you 6 months from now you'll be out of luck.

    There's no problem with the chipset, it's just that your SATA ports are 3Gb/s. So any 6Gb/s SSD (like your M4) that you connect to the ports will operate at 3Gb/s speeds.


    Thanks for the reply are most/ all new SSD's backwards compatible to 3gb/s?

    Ive been on here all day getting advice and it seems im no further forward. I cant seem to find a clear winner on a brand make or model!
    guess I just gotta buy one and see
  5. Yes, all SSDs are backwards compatible.
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