Peel open an ultra-slim notebook, Ultrabook, or tablet PC and you might discover an mSATA solid state drive (SSD) tucked inside. These compact drives are much smaller than a regular 2.5-inch SSD, and should you retire your ultra-slim down the line, or otherwise run across an mSATA drive, your options for plopping them into your desktop or full size notebook are few and far between. One option, however, is an Addonics 2.5-inch flash drive kit.
It takes a collective effort from component makers to realize Intel's vision of what an Ultrabook should look like, and Samsung is doing its part to keep the form factor slim and sleek. The storage maker just kicked off volume production of its Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) solid state drives (SSDs) designed for all kinds of ultra-slim notebooks, and in particular Ultrabooks.
Adata is totally stoked about its new high performance XM13 mSATA solid state drive. According to Adata, the XM13 is the fastest SSD in its class and represents the company's "increasingly strong R&D capabilities" while also establishing a firm foundation in the small form factor market. The XM13 uses 25nm MLC NAND flash memory and a modern SandForce chipset.
RunCore, a Chinese manufacturer of solid state drives (SSDs) for consumers, enterprise, and military applications, just announced a new line of mSATA SSDs -- T50 -- based on the SandForce SF-2281 controller. These are the first mSATA drives to support SATA 6Gb/s and are aimed primarily at high-end ultraportables with a maximum I/O performance of 60,000 4K random write IOPS and 35,000 random read IOPS.
Having a Maximum PC mindset might not always mesh with what's left in your bank account at the end of the month, and so sacrifices have to be made. Do you raid the kids' piggy banks to fund that swank solid state drive upgrade, or try and get by with a mechanical hard drive that offers a fraction of the performance but tons more space per dollar? Thanks to Gigabyte, the latter option looks a little more attractive when paired with its new Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard than it otherwise would be.