M.2 SSD Roundup: Tiny drive deliver huge performance

Technical evolution is not going to freeze, technical achievements are making our digital life smooth. Same scene in the computer sector, as we can see many advancements are there making computer more powerful but compact than before. This very noticeable that the computer science has been trying to make all the things smaller. Hence same case for the SATA drive as well. You might have seen or heard about mSATA, which holds less size and can also interact with the SATA interface. This was the upgraded generation of the SATA drives, but as you know technical advancement is not sitting in one place.


You might be new with the name M.2 SSD. Well, this is the new resolution of expansion cards which also dubbed as Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF). This generation is adopting Ultra-books and tablets very seriously. Well, today on this page, we will look out M.2 SSD, which has become the new replacement of mSATA. To know more keep continuing reading this article, hope this should help better understanding about this drive.

What is all about M.2 Drives?

We, all know how rapidly people are accepting the digitals things in a compact factor. The new generations ultra-books and tablets are the good example of it. If we compare these things with last generations laptop then we can make it clear.

Isn’t there significant difference? Obviously.

M.2 drives are new associate connector and expansion drive for computers. This new component uses different module width and lengths. M.2 is paired with more advanced interfaces, which makes suitable for more flexibility with connectors and card layout. This module works more conveniently with SSD (Solid-State Storage Drive) that makes more precise in the size of this drive and takes lesser space than before.

They have reduced the form factor or size of it than previous mSATA device. The most M2 components are around 22mm wide but the previous mSATA is more than 30MM. Thus, this save a lot of space for compact computer. Despite, small form factor, the size can be bigger for more modules and chips supports in it.  This also comes with single sided and doubled sided board. Well, single sided board save a lot space and used in ultra-books.

M.2 is not just about the size of it but it is more than just it. Unlike, mSATA that uses just only PCI Express MINI Card, where M.2 uses PCI Express 3.0, USB 3.0 that is also backward compatible with USB 2.0, Serial ATA 3.0. And as this suitable for Solid-state Storage Drive (SSD), this doesn’t take much space than previous generation HDD. SSD also best for secured storage and faster transfer rate of files.

As said M.2 module can be integrated multiple modules; hence, this support most of the digital feature such as satellite navigation, Bluetooth, NFC, Digital Radio, Near field communication, Wireless Gigabit Alliance etc.

Tiny Drive Deliver Faster Performance:

Along with the tiny form factor, the speed also an important feature that this generation tech requires. Well, in the performance and speed, it outperforms the older generation mSATA devices. The new M.2 interface can use either default SATA 3.0, which is limited to a 600MB/S or it could be used for SATA 3.2 specification that offer improved bandwidth. With the M.2 there is an option to choose for PCI-Express, which can provide a bandwidth of 1GB/S.

Now technically, M.2 can take different module or can be fixed more PCI-Express lane. So, if you add two more PCI-Express lane then the total bandwidth would be 3GB/S in a computer. In this way, total 4 lanes can be connected to a M.2 and improve the bandwidth speed than before.  Thus, using the M.2 setup in your system the overall bandwidth speed can be improved.

Final Word

Thus M.2 has becomes the latest trend in the computer technology. This is the new component for computer, which saves better space, suitable for the better storage (SSDs), better bandwidth, and better flexibility for the computing systems. This also includes much features, improved power consumption; moreover, it doesn’t interfere with the potentiality of common components. The all new M.2 is the second version of mSATA, which delivers better performance with its tiny size.

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