mSATA upgrade -> 120GB or even 240GB

Discussion in 'EP121 Slate' started by Akytarus, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Akytarus

    Akytarus Certified Tech Junkie

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    Hi,

    What do you think the chances of these mSATA devices working in the ASUS EP121?

    Renice X3 50mm 120GB - $320

    Features:
    • Form factor: 50mm SATA II MINI PCI-E (mSATA)
    • Capacities: 25GB, 60GB, 120GB
    • Size: 51.18 x 31.11 x 3.46mm
    • Net Weight: <6g
    • NCQ up to 32 commands
    • RAID Support
    • TRIM Support
    Performance:
    • Max Read Rate: 260MB/sec
    • Max Write Rate: 200MB/sec
    • 4kb Random Read IOPS: 30,000
    • Access Time: 0.1ms

    Renice X3 70mm 240GB - $455

    Features:
    • Form factor: 70mm SATA II MINI PCI-E (mSATA)
    • Capacities: 25GB, 60GB, 120GB, 240GB
    • Size: 69.73 x 31.5 x 3.26mm
    • Net Weight: <20g
    • NCQ up to 32 commands
    • RAID Support
    • TRIM Support
    Performance:
    • Max Read Rate: 260MB/sec
    • Max Write Rate: 200MB/sec
    • 4kb Random Read IOPS: 30,000
    • Access Time: 0.1ms
     
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  2. therealmav

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    Isn't the drive in the EP121 a 1.8" form factor? If that's the case, tje above are 2.5". The X3-240G is a 1.8" but at $655, I'll pass.
     
  3. Akytarus

    Akytarus Certified Tech Junkie

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    @therealmav the SSD's I quoted above are not 2.5"

    Going by this picture of the SSD in the EP121. I would assume the Renice x3 SSD's are compatible!

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    Renice X3 50mm 120GB

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    Renice X3 70mm 240GB

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  4. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    So the question is is there enough space for these drives. The Intel 80 GB drive is smaller than each of these going by the specs:

    Renice X3 50mm 120GB
    Size: 51.18 x 31.11 x 3.46mm

    Renice X3 70mm 240GB
    Size: 69.73 x 31.5 x 3.26mm

    Intel® Solid-State Drive 310 Series
    Dimensions: 50.80 mm by 29.85 mm
    Thickness: < 4.85 mm
     
  5. Akytarus

    Akytarus Certified Tech Junkie

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    As a worst case senario the Renice X3 50mm 120Gb should fit.

    Intel is 50.80mm X vs. Renice 51.18mm X = diff Renice 0.38mm bigger
    Intel is 29.85mm Y vs. Renice 31.11mm Y = diff Renice 0.26mm bigger

    I doubt the tolerances in the EP121 would be so tight as to not allow at least a 0.50mm larger module...?!?!
     
  6. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I was thinking the same thing, the 50 mm will probably be fine, the 70 mm could be stretching it. Need to ping someone who's opened theirs and get some measurements.
     
  7. Akytarus

    Akytarus Certified Tech Junkie

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    This information from the SanDisk website should help:

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    SanDisk P4 Size: 50.95mm x 30.00mm x 4.00mm

    That only leave a diff of 0.23mm x 1.11mm x -0.52mm it still seem plausible.

    With a hint that there is also a 128GB model... :eek:
     
  8. sas11

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    Has anybody figured out if the larger module (70 mm length) can fit somehow? It's not clear from the photo of the opened ep121, as the ssd is partially covered.

    It would be insanely great to have a 240gb ssd ! And the price looks very reasonable, too. 455$ for 240gb vs. 320 for 120gb is a no-brainer...
     
  9. hcpass

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    The second question will be: does the Bios will accept or fully recognize 120 or 240 Gb ssd drive?
     
  10. sas11

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    The last time a bios did recognize a 120g but balked at 250 was with my trusty old hp tc1100 tablet. Apart from that annoyance this was the best pre-2011 tablet ever. After a VERY long wait, the ep121 looks like a worthy heir to the crown !
     
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