Thursday, May 12th 2011

Gigabyte Readies mSATA-Equipped Z68 Motherboards, Bait mSATA Larson Creek SSD Modules

As Intel's Smart Response technology and 311 Series "Larson Creek" SSD gain market traction along with the Intel Z68 chipset platform jointly released on 10th May, Gigabyte is designing four new motherboards that come with a mSATA slot. Smart Response is a technology that uses SSD to cache large hard drives, improving storage performance and system responsiveness. To propagate it, Intel released an inexpensive low-capacity SSD line, the 311 series, which uses SLC NAND flash that features higher erase cycles.

Intel's Larson Creek SSDs are available both in conventional 2.5-inch SATA form factor, and mSATA module form-factor that makes it easier to deploy in notebooks, alongside bulkier 2.5-inch hard drives. mSATA also gives the "cache SSD" a more compact component feel than a product feel, that helps builders organize their desktop builds better, and stop looking at Larson Creek as a "badly performing, and tiny primary storage," which isn't its purpose to begin with. The GA-Z68XP-UD3, GA-Z68XP-D3, GA-Z68AP-D3 and GA-Z68P-DS3 are four new entry-mainstream segment motherboards featuring an mSATA slot with adequate clearance and retention mechanism to hold the Larson Creek mSATA module.

The slot is typically positioned between the first PCI-E x16 slot and the CPU socket, next to the top PCI-E x1 slot, but doesn't pose a clearance issue to any of its neighboring components. The mSATA port is wired to the Z68 PCH. mSATA is a compact slot that delivers power and SATA connectivity to tiny SSD cards that propagate along the plane of the motherboard. Gigabyte's new mSATA-equipped motherboards will release next month.Source: TechConnect Magazine
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4 Comments on Gigabyte Readies mSATA-Equipped Z68 Motherboards, Bait mSATA Larson Creek SSD Modules

#2
Jizzler
Nice.

Now put out a board with 4 or more ports for some mSATA RAID action!
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#3
Baum
lol no one remembers the first eee pc's or what?
instead of giving us some real mini pcie slot for some broadcom crystal HD action or wlan they use this crippled port

There are adapter out with just pcie to mpcie that work. What's the point?
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Baum
lol no one remembers the first eee pc's or what?
instead of giving us some real mini pcie slot for some broadcom crystal HD action or wlan they use this crippled port

There are adapter out with just pcie to mpcie that work. What's the point?
What? What are you talking about? This is mSATA, has nothing to do with PCI.
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