The Renice X3 240GB mSATA SSD will be our second review of a high capacity mSATA SSD and follows of our recent review of the Samsung PM830 256GB mSATA SSD.
While the Renice is SATA 2, with the Samsung PM830 being SATA 3, it’s value cannot be understated as it is only the second mSATA SSD that has reached this capacity to date. The Renice X3 is a 240GB ‘SandForce Driven’ mSATA SSD that is only 1/3 the size of a business card and under 6 grams in weight.
The Renice X3 mSATA SSD is available in sizes of 25, 60, 120 and 240GB and is of a mPCIe form factor with full mSATA compatibility. It’s performance is detailed as 260MB/s read and 200MB/s write with 30,000 IOPS at 4k random aligned write disk access. It has full TRIM support, is 50mm in length and disk access time is listed ay 0.1ms with power consumption at under 0.5W idle and under 0.9W active. Hold on to your seats because we did find this available online at a price of $759.00 which we will speak to in our report analysis.
X3 mSATA COMPONENTS
The Renice X3 mSATA SSD measures 50.35 x 30x 3.46mm and has a SandForce SF-1222 processor on it’s printed circuit board along with four pieces of Micron 25nm mlc asynchronous NAND flash memory, each of which is 64GB in capacity.
The total capacity of the X3 mSATA is 256GB RAW, however, 16GB is utilized for over provisioning and firmware needs, reducing the SSD to it’s advertised 240GB capacity. Formatting reduces it further to an end user capacity of 224GB.
Crystal Disk Info provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, product information, power on information as well as the characteristics of the SSD. We can see that the SSD is capable of TRIM as it is not greyed out as with AAM and APM.