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RAID Report: Native mSATA RAID 0 w/ Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD's (TweakTown Exclusive)

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Final Thoughts

 

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Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.

 

It's been a long while coming, but mSATA that can satisfy power users and enthusiasts has finally arrived. Multiple mSATA ports powered by Intel's awesome Lynx Point chipset are what's for dinner. This exclusive RAID report is as much about our new testing platform as it is about the mSATA drives we utilized for the report.

 

ASRock has a reputation for innovation, and this is clearly on display with the introduction of the Extreme 11 a/c. This Uber board is the first of what we expect to be many motherboards that offer multiple on board mSATA ports. Being able to have storage performance that's second to none delivered via tiny mSATA SSDs that attach directly to the surface of your motherboard, is a whole new kind of awesome. Think about it: NO storage cables or power cables attached to your SSD array.

 

Overall, I'm very pleased with the ASRock Extreme 11 a/c Z87 Board. I would like to see a third mSATA slot available in place of its mini PCIe wireless slot; hot plugging capabilities would be greatly appreciated as well. I certainly have no reservations recommending this mothership of a motherboard; in fact, I do recommend you own one. The LSI SAS/SATA ports are kind of icing on the cake, and provide excellent secondary storage capabilities as displayed by the following benchmarks:

 

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Looking back at our test subject's performances, it's easy to see that mSATA can deliver performance that's every bit as good as you get from a larger form factor SSD. Samsung's mSATA EVO is a revolutionary drive because it takes TLC to a new level of performance and capacity. TLC keeps the cost down, while innovations like Turbo Write and RAPID Mode mitigate most of TLC NAND's inherent shortcomings. We see mSATA RAID as a wave of the future, and both Samsung and ASRock are leaders in the technology and implementation behind the coming wave.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the Samsung SSD (120GB) 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (120GB) retails for $140.99 at Amazon, theSamsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (250GB) retails for $229.00 at Amazon, the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (500GB) retails for $422.91 at Amazon, and the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (1TB) retails for $714.94 at Amazon.

 

Canada: The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (120GB) retails for $262.48 at Amazon Canada, the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (250GB) retails for $388.69 at Amazon Canada, the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (500GB) retails for $676.19 at Amazon Canada, and the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SATA III SSD (1TB) retails for $846.47 at Amazon Canada.

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