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Crucial Introduces m4 mSATA SSD

Crucial Introduces m4 mSATA SSD

Crucial announced the availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) for ultrabooks. This SSD is one- eighth the size, making it ideal for systems where space is a premium. This drive offers sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second. It can be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive. Thanks to its thin mSATA form factor, the drive can be mounted directly to mSATA-enabled motherboards. The m4 mSATA SSD is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities for $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99, respectively.

Crucial m4 mSATA SSD for Ultrathin Laptops Now Available

New SSD Provides Powerful Performance in a Tiny Form Factor

Key Messages:

  • Provides the performance and reliability of the Crucial m4 SSD in a drive that’s one-eighth the size to address the rapidly emerging Ultrabook™ category
  • Ultrathin mSATA form factor enables users to save system space by mounting the SSD directly to the mSATA-enabled motherboards or to use it as a cache for an existing hard drive to accelerate system performance
  • Offers inherent power savings, travel-worthy durability, and validation for Intel® Smart Response technology and Dataplex™ cache software from NVELO.

Boise, ID, and Glasgow, UK, July 17, 2012 Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the immediate availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD), designed primarily to address the rapidly emerging Ultrabook™ category and deliver powerful, proven performance for systems where space is at a premium. The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD delivers the award-winning performance and reliability of the Crucial m4 SSD in a drive one eighth the size. Because of its tiny mSATA form factor, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD can be mounted to an mSATA-enabled motherboard to serve as a primary storage in ultrathin laptops or act as a cache to complement the performance of an existing hard drive. Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities with MSRPs of $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99, respectively, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD can be purchased now through select global channel partners, or directly at www.crucial.com.

The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD features sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second and offers inherent power savings, travel-worthy durability, validation for Intel® Smart Response technology and Dataplex™ caching software from NVELO. The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD joins the Crucial m4 SSD and the Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Solution as part of the award-winning Crucial SSD portfolio.

"With the rapid growth in ultrathin laptops and the adoption of smaller system builds, consumers are increasingly in need of SSD performance in a smaller form factor. The Crucial m4 mSATA is designed for users who want the flexibility that a micro-sized SSD offers," said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. "In a form factor that's about a third the size of your business card, the Crucial mSATA SSD can also be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive."

Featuring the same advanced controller technology, Micron custom firmware, and high-speed synchronous MLC NAND that have made the Crucial m4 SSD a mainstay, the Crucial m4 mSATA SSD is engineered to deliver the same blazing-fast performance. The Crucial m4 mSATA SSD leverages the industry-leading memory, design, and manufacturing capability of Micron Technology and is backed by a limited three-year warranty.

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Some desktop motherboards have a slot on them for these mSATA drives.

Has anybody tried one of them out to see how speedy they are?

This idea intrigues me.

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As a boot drive, they arnt anything special when compared to stand alone SSDs on the market. However, as a caching drive, I think they are great, gives a nice boost to the storage drive. Ive also set one up for someone as a rendering/scratch drive (board had the slot when purchased though msata ssd was added later).

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