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Windows 7: Is SATA III worth upgrading my motherboard for?


06 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 
Is SATA III worth upgrading my motherboard for?

As my system spec says I have a H61 motherboard, which only supports SATA II

When Ivy bridge comes out I plan on getting an i3 or i5 (whatever is suitable and has HD 4000) and a 60-100gb SSD for OS and applications (the 1TB will still be used for videos and stuff, and it is only SATA II)

I don't really do THAT much gaming, and I don't think I'll be doing anything that requires superduperfast read/write to the boot drive.

So: would SATA II be a bad bottleneck for my system?

thanks.


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06 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

nah, youll still see a massive performance leap from an normal hard drive to an SSD. it certainly wont create a bottle neck.
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06 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Technically, it will be the bottleneck. It's possible you won't reach max read/writes speeds because of the slower SATA 3.0gbps interface. However, the real benefit to the SSD is ultra low random access numbers and these won't be impacted by the slower 3.0gbps interface.

So, I wouldn't worry about it much, highly doubt you will really notice it.
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06 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

What if I got two ~30gb SSDs and connected them via RAID0? That would offset the slower speed a bit, and I do have room I think (I'll have to build a frame as my case's slots are all filled up)
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06 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Actually, you'll be better off with a single 60GB (or larger) SSD.

Those SSDs with very small capacities have a very limited number of discrete flash memory chips, so they can't use parallelization as much as the larger-capacity versions, and maximum read/write speeds are slower as a result.

If you've ever noticed on the product pages of various SSD models that higher-capacity drives also have faster transfer rates - this is why.

So, you wouldn't gain anything from RAIDing two small-capacity SSDs, except a slightly more complicated setup.
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06 Dec 2011   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post

So, you wouldn't gain anything from RAIDing two small-capacity SSDs, except a slightly more complicated setup.
Yep, not worth the effort.
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06 Dec 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
What if I got two ~30gb SSDs and connected them via RAID0? That would offset the slower speed a bit, and I do have room I think (I'll have to build a frame as my case's slots are all filled up)
As Corazon says, this is not a good deal and would be only warrented if you could get the two 30GB drives for a lot less money than one 60GB drive - or if you own them already.
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06 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition., full EFI boot.
 
 

One SSD drive. The current SSD drives will be limited by SATA2. Get SATA3 if you are going to have an SSD.
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07 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Not all SSDs are so fast that they'd benefit from a SATA-3 connection.

As a rule of thumb, I'd say if the SSD is rated at a maximum read or write speed around 275MB/sec or less, it'll be perfectly fine using SATA-2.
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07 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Just thought I'd ask.
how about something like this drive: Newegg.ca - OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
it's 3.5" so I don't have to jerry-rigg a carriage.
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