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idata
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310 Series SSD

Does it have an I/O controller that would enable it to be used in a notebook's mini pci-e slot?

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idata
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That is exactly what it is for... It uses a G2 controller found in the 2.5" Intel SSDs.

idata
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If that is the case, this would be the solution that many people have been looking for in a mini pci-e SSD. Everything out there is intended for netbooks and not notebooks. So I should be able to use this in a mini pci-e slot designated for a WWAN or WLAN card?

mmokk
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Guest wrote:

So I should be able to use this in a mini pci-e slot designated for a WWAN or WLAN card?

no, the ssd is not guaranteed to work in every mini pci-e slot. the specific slot must be designed to pass sata through it.

idata
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If that is the case, this would be the solution that many people have been looking for in a mini pci-e SSD. Everything out there is intended for netbooks and not notebooks. So I should be able to use this in a mini pci-e slot designated for a WWAN or WLAN card?

idata
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Can I use the 310 series SSD in my laptop (MSI GX740)? Does it work in standard mini-PCIe slots, found in most laptops, or does it work only in netbooks?

idata
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The miniPCIe slot is a standard so it will work in any.

mmokk
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DuckieHo wrote:

The miniPCIe slot is a standard so it will work in any.

mini pci-e is a standard, but the 310 is not standard mini pci-e. it's really sata over mini pci-e (sometimes called msata), which is a modified version of mini pci-e that allows the sata signals to pass straight through. only notebooks/netbooks with this 'msata' slot will work with the 310 and other msata ssd's, even though the drives will physically plug into any mini pci-e slot.

idata
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Thanks, I stand corrected.

idata
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Hi Guys,

Just for the record, mistermokkori is correct!

-Scott, Intel

idata
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Well, mistermokkori's answer really isn't an answer.

I would be nice to have somebody from Intel provide a definitive explanation.

It has been reported that the 310 works in the miniPCIe slots of the Dell M4500, M6400 and M6500.

http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/intel-310-series-80gb-ssd-review-a-new-way-to-look-at-notebooks/ http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/intel-310-series-80gb-ssd-review-a-new-way-to-look-at-notebooks/

idata
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tulsapete wrote:

Well, mistermokkori's answer really isn't an answer.

I would be nice to have somebody from Intel provide a definitive explanation.

It has been reported that the 310 works in the miniPCIe slots of the Dell M4500, M6400 and M6500.

http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/intel-310-series-80gb-ssd-review-a-new-way-to-look-at-notebooks/ http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/intel-310-series-80gb-ssd-review-a-new-way-to-look-at-notebooks/

Scott is an offical Intel rep so the definitive answer is that it requires a miniPCIe slot that supports mSATA. Those Dells must support mSATA then.

The 310 do not have a SATA host controller onboard. Some other companies PCIe SSDs are comprised of a SATA host controller plus SSD but these are standard PCIe only.

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