• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Form Factor: Full Size mSata
  • NAND Flash: Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory
  • Operating temperature : 0 °C - 70 °C
  • Storage temperature : -40 °C - 85 °C
  • MTBF: 1,200,000
  • Dimensions: 50.8 x 29.9 x 4 mm
  • Weight: 8.5 grams
  • Pros:
  • Compact storage option
  • Easy to Setup
  • Cons:
  • Still not low-cost enoughy
  • Benchmark Results
  • Crystalmark:
  • Read: 436 MB/s Sequential
  • Write: 170 MB/s Sequential

Storage Expansion For Your Ultrathins

The wonders of technology today has bought us thin and light computing machines and supplementing the behemoths of yesteryears. However, the problem with being thin is that memory and storage will be a problem. You can’t really stuff in a normal hard drive for your main storage option – you need something smaller. Silicon Power is one of the many companies that is involved in creating memory and storage solutions for big and small OEMs around the world. We have in our hands their mSata solution, the Silicon Power M10 SSD.

Using the SATA interface, the Silicon Power M10 SSD connects to the computer via the mSata slot, on the motherboard or logicboard of the ultrathin notebook. The usage of this slot is the main reason for thinner ultrabooks, and thanks to the SATA bus connection, there are virtually no difference in performance.

Installing the module is easy, but depends on how the ultrathin computer is designed. Once the covering is taken off, one just need to slide in the SSD module into the mSata slot, tighten a screw, and you have expanded your machine’s storage, in three steps. Plus, as the power for the module is directly taken from the slot itself, so no additional power requirements needed to be fulfilled.

We tested the new module in our test laptop, running Crystalmark to benchmark how the ssd perform in day to day operations. The SSD was more than expected, with speeds matching most of its peers for read and write speeds. Thanks to the SSD construction and infrastructure, users will get the maximum performance out of the storage when they need it the most.

While this is a great way to expand storage for machines that employs the mSata slot, it is not the cheapest solution around, as SSD prices are still not within the prices of hard drives, fo.r price per gigabyte. However, the retail for SSD, especially mSata solutions, are fast dropping to the point where the ratio of storage size to price is more tolerable and affordable for the end user.

If you are looking for a way to expand your thin computer’s storage, check out the solution from Silicon Power. It is an easy and effortless way to increase your thin computer’s main storage size, without resorting to ugly external USB solutions.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It is not the cheapest solution out there, but for mSata options, it is one of the best available.

(previously published in issue November 2015)

Silicon Power M10 SSD