Gigabyte Bets $20 You're Interested in Intel's 20GB mSATA SSD

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h e x e n

Not worth it at all. A 20gb msata SSD. Seriously? You wouldn't use this as a boot drive so what's the point? Yeah, you'll get a little extra speed, but for the price, it's not worth it at all.

Don't bother with this nonsense. Grab yourself a proper 120-240 SSD and be done with it.

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EthicSlave

of claiming pci-e 3.0 spec compliance yet have 2.0 material soldiered on the mobo.

WAIT for their revision 1.1 or later when these parts are spec complaint.

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Slurpy

Not for that price.  Most people would do better buying a larger, older-gen SSD for the same amount and just using that as a boot drive, instead of buying a fancy swap drive.  Install Photoshop and your Steam directory on the larger, traditional HDD that you were planning on using anyway and you're good to go!

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avenger48

You can also get an OCZ Agility 3 60GB on Amazon for $100.  That should handily beat the snot out of the 20GB integrated.

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-Agility-State-AGT3-25SAT3-60G/dp/B004Z0S6RU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315880495&sr=8-1

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JohnnyCNote

You could probably get 3 32gb USB flash drives for what they want for the 20gb SSD . . .

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don2041

Install this as your boot drive then watch windows updates and other self updating programs quickly eat up that 20 gigs

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Paul_Lilly

You wouldn't install this as a boot drive. It sticks into a small mSATA slot directly on the motherboard and serves as sort of a cache buffer for the most frequently used applications. You can read more about this here:

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DOOMHAMMA

@Brad + stradric: This SSD is only being used by the motherboard for storing commonly used files, you are not using it like a normal SSD for regular storage like a regular drive. The 20GB makes perfect sense for it, you don't really need anything bigger than that.

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Brad Nimbus

I could understand if it was packaged together for free but alas its a fairly useless combo considering SSD's are getting cheaper.

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stradric

Oh, I get it.  It's cost-prohibitive for the amount of performance increase.  Buying a large SSD outright and attaching it to your current system will be a more cost-effective performance enhancement over buying a new mobo and SSD "cacher".

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Havok

Don't you mean ncix.com? Not NCIZ? 

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Brad Nimbus

20GB SSD? Man I'm still trying to find a use for my 40GB.

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stradric

I'd say no, it's not worth it -- especially if you're not in the market for a new mobo.  For the price of the mobo and discounted SSD, you can get a much larger SSD.  I paid about $200 for a 128GB Samsung SSD and I use it as my system drive and steam library (with the help of some symlinks and another larger mechanical drive).

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