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    Differences between MSATA and Sata 3 SSD?

    Just ordered a new Sager laptop for gaming and I have the opportunity to put an MSATA SSD in it. I ordered it with a primary S3 SSD and a secondary 7200 RPM HDD.

    Would I see any difference in load times for system OS and gaming if I were to get an MSATA SSD?


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    They're exactly the same with a different plug. Same interface over a mini pci-e connector. You won't see any difference compared to your S3 ssd.

    If you meant you wanted the MSATA ssd to replace the mechanical drive, I'd advise against it. Solely because all your important software (OS, games) will be on the primary ssd, and you can use the mechanical one for storage. (This is assuming the mechanical one has a bigger storage capacity than the MSATA ssd. If they have the same capacity, the MSATA ssd will perform faster.)
    Last edited by ItsRedd; 2013-03-19 at 02:41 PM.

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    They have the same performance given the same specs on the drive itself. But, there's not a lot of choice with mSATA. mSATA doesn't really have any offerings that can compete with high end SATA3 drives like OCZ Vector or Samsung 840 Pro. But, to answer your question, it depends on what S3 drive you ordered. Tho, at that point it would be more beneficial to get a faster S3 ssd.(Purely in terms of performance. If you want to run both that's up to you)
    Last edited by The Cat; 2013-03-19 at 02:51 PM.

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    I ordered it with a Crucial M4 256gb SSD.

    Thanks for the input. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing out on anything with the new laptop.
    Last edited by DigitalHack; 2013-03-19 at 02:57 PM.

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