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MSI enhance support for high speed SSDs

MSI enhance support for high speed SSDs

We have just recieved some info from MSI that they are going to have available mini-SATA add-in cards for the M.2 slots which allow users to take advantage of new high-speed SSD’s such as Intel’s 750.

M.2_to_Turbo_Mini-SAS

At the launch of Z97 MSI was one of the manufacturers which felt SATA-Express lacked a decent ecosystem, especially as there were no SATA-Express devices. Their focus was M.2 which most of their Z97 / X99 motherboards have, with a reasonably decent range of drive already on, and due for release to the market. This situation hasn’t changed, there is still no vendor with plans for a SATA Express SSD / HDD a problem whch is only compounded by SATA-Express running at Gen2 X2 (10Gb/s) while M.2 already made the jump to Gen3 x4 (32Gb/s) which is almost 4 times faster.

Additionally there is already a next generation connector called SFF8639. This runs at Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s) and Intel recently launched their new 750 SSD using this connector with support for NVME offering a new milestone in SSD speed and connectivity.  For drives such as these MSI created an M.2 to Turbo Mini-SAS connector. This is similar to the M.2 to SATA-Express add-in card they had for Z97, except that SFF8639 can run at double the speed (Gen3 x4). They will bundle this new add-in card with selected new motherboards which will be announced at Computex 2015.

M.2_to_Turbo_Mini-SAS2

 

The MSI add-in card works with all Z97 & X99 motherboards with M.2. However to get the best performance they suggest using a MSI X99 motherboard which all feature a Turbo M.2 slot running at Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s).

 

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