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MSI to Introduce a M.2 to Mini-SAS Add-in Card

MSI to Introduce a M.2 to Mini-SAS Add-in Card

MSI to Introduce a M.2 to Mini-SAS Add-in Card

MSI to Introduce a M.2 to Mini-SAS Add-in Card

 

We have just received word from MSI HQ that they are going to have a mini-SAS add-in cards for the M.2 slots so users can take advantage of new high-speed SSD's like the Intel's 750 NWME SSD.

  

MSI to Introduce a M.2 to Mini-SAS Add-in Card

 

MSI received some flak when their Z97 and X99 lineups were created without SATA Express, though this was for a reason, that reason being SFF8639 connector, otherwise known as Mini-SAS. This connection uses a PCI-e gen3 x4 connection, which has a possible bandwidth of 32Gb/s and also has SSDs available on the Market which utilize this connection, unlike SATA Express. SATA Express is also only capable of 10Gb/s, which is much slower than mini-SAS.

Intel have shown with their new NVMe 750 series SSD, which uses this connector can achieve staggering speeds of over 2GB/s reads.

MSI's add-in card will work with all their current Z97 & X99 motherboards with M.2 support. However to get the best performance they suggest that you use an MSI X99 motherboard which features a Turbo M.2 slot running at Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s) to make full use of your SSDs speed.

MSI will be bundling this connector with future motherboards, which will be announced at Computex 2015.

 

You can join the discussion on MSI's M.2 to mini-SAS Add-in card on the OC3D Forums.

 

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18-04-2015, 14:26:44

tinytomlogan
Cant wait till broadwell - be very surprised if we dont have these on boards then!Quote

18-04-2015, 21:21:31

NeverBackDown
Well i hope it ends up looking better than that. Maybe if it was more towards the edge? Otherwise that cable looks kinda ugly. But you'd probably only notice it if the GPU wasn't there as it would hide it anyways, in some situations that is.Quote

19-04-2015, 05:41:11

MadMarc
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Well i hope it ends up looking better than that. Maybe if it was more towards the edge? Otherwise that cable looks kinda ugly. But you'd probably only notice it if the GPU wasn't there as it would hide it anyways, in some situations that is.
I also really don't like the look of this. Are the 2.5" nvme ssds cheaper than the M.2 oder PCIE versions? If not I really can't see the point of them.Quote
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