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I don't quite understand this. I have one mSATA port and one SATA port onboard my laptop. I have filled them both up, the mSATA port with a 512GB mSATA SSD and the SATA port with a 1TB SATA SSD.

I bought both at the same time. What I noticed is that the price difference between a mSATA SSD and a SATA SSD is ~200% (when comparing the mSATA 512GB and the SATA 512GB). My question is: Why are these mSATA drives so much more expensive?

  • Do you have an example of some mSATA drives that cost twice as much as the 2.5" models with exactly the same spec? Looking at some online retailers serving New Zealand there doesn't seem to be much difference at all and that is the same in most countries I think. – James P Jul 10 '15 at 11:53
  • @James I usually shop on ebay, as NZ retailers are hellishly expensive =). Some examples: ebay.com/itm/… ebay.com/itm/LiteOn-512-GB-SSD-Internal-2-5-/… – td512 Jul 10 '15 at 11:57
  • That example is used vs new and they are not the same model, you need to compare like-for-like, e.g. amazon.com/Crucial-MX200-500GB-mSATA-Internal/dp/B00RQA6GF0/… vs amazon.com/Crucial-MX200-500GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B00RQA6E20/… (mSATA is cheaper) – James P Jul 10 '15 at 12:01
  • Why is it expensive? It is expensive because the silicon is currently expensive to manufacture, as the number of devices and the quantity of those devices being to increase, the price the market will accept will start to decrease. The manufactures will at this point move to the next technology. It is a perfect example of supply and demand at work. – Ramhound Jul 10 '15 at 12:02
  • @James uh. I see =) and that pretty much answers the question. mind posting that as a solution? – td512 Jul 10 '15 at 12:03
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In the UK and most other countries there is often hardly any difference between the price of an mSATA SSD and the equivalent 2.5" model.

The example you gave was a used 2.5" drive vs a brand new mSATA drive and the models are not the same. You need to compare like-for-like. For instance, the Crucial MX200 is currently a few cents cheaper for the mSATA version than the 2.5" SATA version on Amazon.

SSD's have steadily been coming down in price and yet at the same time they have been continued to improve in terms of speed and endurance.

There aren't a lot of companies that produce the raw NAND memory that goes inside the SSD's due to the complexity of manufacturing it. It is a fast moving field, there are lots of research and development costs and occasionally issues with yield. Sometimes bigger companies like Micron can buy out their competitors which further reduces competition.

As the technology continues to mature and SSD's become standard in mass produced PC's from companies like Dell and Lenovo then hopefully the costs to buy them separately will be further reduced.

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