Items tagged with mSATA

Samsung is introducing a number of new members to their SSD 850 EVO line-up of Solid State Drives, based on different form factors than the standard 2.5” drives we showed you here. The brand new mSATA and M.2 Samsung SSD 850 EVO drives being announced today, however, leverage all of the same technology. The last few generations of Samsung’s 2.5” Solid State Drive utilized PCBs that barley filled up half of their encloses, and a large portion of those PCBs were dedicated to the standard SATA power and data cable connectors, so it’s no shock to see these new, smaller variants arrive with mSATA and... Read more...
The near-constant influx of new solid state storage solutions has shown no signs of letting up. In the last few weeks alone, we have looked at new drives from Micron/Crucial, ADATA, Intel, Samsung, OCZ and SanDisk, and today we’re going to cover something a little different from Plextor, the new M6M series. Plextor’s M6M series of products are mSATA-based drives, designed for mobile devices or small form factor systems. These new drives are the follow-up to last year’s popular M5M series, though the M6M series is built around a newer controller and NAND flash memory... Plextor... Read more...
The near-constant influx of new solid state storage solutions has shown no signs of letting up. In the last few weeks alone, we have looked at new drives from Micron/Crucial, ADATA, Intel, Samsung, OCZ and SanDisk, and today we’re going to cover something a little different from Plextor, the new M6M series. Plextor’s M6M series of products are mSATA-based drives, designed for mobile devices or small form factor systems. These new drives are the follow-up to last year’s popular M5M series, though the M6M series is built around a newer controller and NAND flash memory. The Plextor... Read more...
A few months back, we took a look at Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO series of solid state drives. At the time, we found their performance to be quite good, and the drives were competitively priced too. Shortly after the 2.5” versions of Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO drives hit the scene, the company prepared an array of mSATA drives featuring the same controller and NAND flash. The Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA series of drives would be essentially identical to their 2.5” counterparts, save for the mSATA drives’ much smaller form factor. We’ve got a 500GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA... Read more...
A few months back, we took a look at Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO series of solid state drives. At the time, we found their performance to be quite good, and the drives were competitively priced too. Shortly after the 2.5” versions of Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO drives hit the scene, the company prepared an array of mSATA drives featuring the same controller and NAND flash. The Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA series of drives would be essentially identical to their 2.5” counterparts, save for the mSATA drives’ much smaller form factor. We’ve got a 500GB Samsung SSD 840... Read more...
It has been quite a while since we last an mSATA solid state drive (SSD) under the microscope. It's actually only been about two years, and if you care to jump into our time machine, you can see what we had to say about Intel's 310 Series mSATA SSD in 80GB form. The idea then was the same as it is now -- to offer full-size SSD features and performance in a smaller form factor that can wiggle into increasingly thinner Ultrabooks and mini PCs like Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Intel's forging ahead with mSATA SSD production and just recently released its 525 Series (Lincoln Crest), essentially... Read more...
It has been quite a while since we last put an mSATA solid state drive (SSD) under the microscope. It's actually only been about two years, and if you care to jump into our time machine, you can see what we had to say about Intel's 310 Series mSATA SSD in 80GB form. The idea then was the same as it is now -- to offer full-size SSD features and performance in a smaller form factor that can wiggle into increasingly thinner Ultrabooks and mini PCs like Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Your typical 2.5-inch desktop or notebook SSD measures 7mm or 9.5mm thick and comes housed in a metal or plastic... Read more...
Lest anyone question Intel's commitment to its Ultrabook platform, the Santa Clara chip maker today announced an enthusiast-grade mSATA solid state drive (SSD) with a 6Gbps interface. The new Intel SSD 525 Series measures just 3.7mm x 50.8mm x 29.85mm and weighs a mere 10 grams, but is super quick on the draw with random read performance of up to 50,000 IOPS and random write performance of up to 80,000 IOPS. Intel also rates its new mSATA SSD at being capable of up to 550MB/s in sequential read performance and up to 520MB/s in sequential write performance. By all means, this is a top-performing... Read more...
Like many memory makers, Mushkin is heavily focused on solid state drives (SSDs) these days, having previously launched its enterprise-friendly ProSpec SSD family at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Without skipping a beat, Mushkin today announced the U.S. availability of its capacious 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD. It's only available in the U.S. and through Newegg.com, where it's selling for $500. Worldwide availability is scheduled for the end of November, Mushkin says. The 480GB Atlas sports a SandForce SF-2281 controller with unthrottled IOPS. It has a SATA 6Gbps interface... Read more...
Micron announced the C400 mSATA drive, which is designed to work as a smart cache in ultrathin notebooks. The caseless C400 is tiny--just 3x5cm--and is designed to be low power to preserve notebook battery life. The drive uses 25nm MLC NAND flash comes in capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB, with a speedy SATA 6Gbps interface. These drives are available now, and a Crucial-branded version is coming soon. Micron Announces mSATA Solid-State Drive for Ultrathin Laptops Micron's RealSSD(TM) C400 mSATA SSD Provides High Performance for Ultraportable Computing BOISE, Idaho, April 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)... Read more...
If you’re wondering what treats are in store for the next round of Gigabyte motherboards, look no further. The company unveiled a host of new motherboard technologies that will debut on its 7-series motherboards. Gigabyte now boasts of a 3D Power engine that affords users digital control over and monitoring of power to all the main areas of the board, including the CPU socket. Speaking of “3D”, Gigabyte’s 3D BIOS--a long-overdue and impressive-looking overhaul to the company’s old BIOS--is on display, as well. GA-Z77X-UD3H Most of the 7-series boards will also feature... Read more...
Great things have long since come in small packages, particularly in the case of computers and storage. Samsung is stretching the boundaries once more with their new high-performance mSATA SSDs for ultra-slim notebooks. Not surprisingly, these are tailor made for Ultrabook PCs, and with the proliferation of those, we suspect they'll be moving quite a few of 'em. "Samsung’s compact mSATA SSDs will provide performance of the highest quality in helping to deliver the advanced ultra-slim PCs that consumers have been wanting,” said Myungho Kim, vice president of memory marketing, Device... Read more...
As tablets, portable media players, and even ultra-thin notebooks keep shrinking in size, so too will the components they're built around. This is where Intel's new 310 Series SSDs come into play. The 310 Series utilize the same 34nm NAND flash memory technology and controller found on the chip maker's 2.5-inch SSDs, but in a form factor just 1/8th the size. We're talking a scant 2 inches (51mm) long by 1.18 (30mm) wide and flatter than a pancake. And the best part, says Intel, is that despite its diminutive stature, you can expect performance similar to that of the company's popular X25-M 34nm... Read more...
Actor Rick Moranis must be moonlighting at Intel, because honey, somebody in Santa Clara shrunk the solid state drives. And it's not as if SSDs are big to begin with. The typical mechanical hard drive built around the 3.5-inch form factor measures about 4 inches x 1 inch x 5.8 inches (W x H x D, and yes, we rounded) and are absolutely bulky compared to the average 2.5-inch form factor SSD, let alone those built around the even smaller 1.8-inch form factor. Unlike HDDs, there aren't any platters, motors, or other space-hogging moving parts inside a flash memory-based SSD, which is the primary... Read more...
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