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    Default Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    I have a Shuttle SFF PC. It has what they refer to as a "Mini PCIe socket".

    Assuming this is an mSATA port? What's the difference between mSATA and Mini PCIe? Here's an image of it:



    In any case what are some relatively affordable 60-80GB SSD's? I don't need top speed performance. I haven an Intel 80GB X25-m in there now that I'd like to put elsewhere, and would like to free up the hard drive slot in my Shuttle where the SSD is now.

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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    There's also the Samsung 830 mSATA coming out soon, personally I'm waiting for that.
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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    That looks the same as the connector in my W520, though I can't really judge the size. You can look at the W520 service manual and compare the measurements or alternatively find the specs of one of the above SSDs. As stated, mSATA SSDs are run through the miniPCIe port. But note that not all miniPCIe ports are capable of running a SSD if they do not have a connection to the storage controller.
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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    mSATA and mPCIe SATA (as used on netbooks) have a slightly different pinout. Their differences are footnoted in mSATA & 1.8" SATA SSDs available .

    A mPCIe (with pci-e signals) slot is another thing altogether. They are usually used for wifi cards. No mSATA/mPCIe SSDs can be used in those slots as they are expecting to be attached to a SATA controller rather than a pci-e bus.

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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    Mini-PCIe is the port name/type. It can accomodate wireless cards, WAN (cellular) cards, etc. mSATA is the specification for SSDs that can be put into mini-PCIe slots.

    Not all mini-PCIe slots are mSATA-capable. Z68 chipsets & Sandy Bridge laptops have mini-PCIe slots that are mSATA-capable (have the proper wiring). The connector is physically the same on new and old slots.

    I have an Intel 310 Series 80GB mSATA SSD in my ThinkPad T420, and it is AWESOME. It's fast, quiet, low-power, and I can still use my regular hard drive bay to hold a larger HDD for data storage.

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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    So how do I know what I have? I think I'll fire an email to Shuttle asking if it can run an SSD and what kind?

    It's an H67 chipset and only 4 onboard SATA controllers, I believe H67 supports up to 8 so hopefully one is wired to this slot.

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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    Quote Originally Posted by NotEnoughMinerals View Post
    There's also the Samsung 830 mSATA coming out soon, personally I'm waiting for that.
    I wouldn't bet on it, usually Samsung only supplies to OEM manufactures with mSATA SSD's.

    However, there will be a Mircron mSATA SSD coming soon.
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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    If it's H67, you might be out of luck. The Z68 boards have mSATA capability, because you can use the slot for SSD caching on the board, or as a regular mSATA boot drive.

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    Default Re: Best options for mSATA (Mini PCI-e) SSD?

    Notebooks & Tablets with mSATA slots

    Acer: Iconia Tab W500, W700
    ASUS Eee Slate EP121
    ASUS Zenbook: UX21, UX31
    Dell Inspiron: 14Z (5423), 17R
    Dell Latitude: ST-LST01, XT3
    Dell Precision: M4500, M4600, M6400, M6500, M6600
    Dell XPS One 2710
    Dell Vostro: 3360, 3460, 3560
    Fusion Garage JOOJOO
    Google: CR-48 Chrome
    HP Pavilion: dm4t Series (DM4T-3xxx)
    HP ENVY: 15 Series (15-3xxx), 17 Series (17-3xxx)
    HP Folio: 13-1000
    Lenovo: K26, K47A, K47G
    Lenovo IdeaPad: U300, Y460, Y470, Y480, Y560, Y570, Y580
    Lenovo ThinkPad: X220, X230, T420s, T420, T430, T430s, T520, T530, L420, L430, L520, L530, W520, W530
    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge: E220s, E320, E330, E420, E420s, E430, E430s, E520, E530
    LG Xnote: P330
    MSI: Windpad 110W
    Samsung: Series 7 Slate, Series 9
    Samsung Chromebook Series 5
    Toshiba Portege: Z830, Z835
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    PC Motherboards

    Any motherboard with the Intel Z68 Express Chipset that offers an mSATA port can use an mSATA SSD as a Cache Drive or Main Drive (System Drive).

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