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Windows 7: SSD in an old motherboard. What is the performance impact ?

14 Dec 2012   #1
kuddo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
SSD in an old motherboard. What is the performance impact ?

Hi. My specs are AsRock N68C-S UCC, phenom ii x4, 4gb ddr3, hd7770, hdd 500gb sata3 (my mobo only has sata2), hdd 160gb sata2. I think that my motherboard doesen't have TRIM support.

Is it worth it to purchase a SSD to install my OS ? Will it be faster than my hdd ? Will the Startup apps open instantly ? What speeds should i achieve compared to a regular hdd ? Will it be a huge difference between a hdd and a ssd having my motherboard ?


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14 Dec 2012   #2
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

An SSD will completely smoke even the best HDD's out there, even on an older motherboard. It is the single best component you can add/upgrade in your system. Even though you currently only have SATA II ports, getting a good SATA III SSD will go with you with your next build or computer purchase.
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14 Dec 2012   #3
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

IMO an SSD is a great upgrade for any machine and they are pretty cheap these days, you dont need a massive one if you are planning to keep the spinner you have in your system, you can use SSD for OS and programs and your current disk for data, i use 60GB drives in most of my machines with large capacity spinners for data and backups, there seem to be quite a few online retailers selling OCZ agility and vertex SSDs extremely cheap at the moment i have recently bought a few 60GB vertex III`s for some of mine but its personal preference really have a look around and check out some online prices and reviews
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15 Dec 2012   #4
kuddo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay. I want to buy a Kingston 60Gb SSD. I don't know if i should buy the V300 or the V+200. The v300 is cheaper on my local store Which one should i get ?
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15 Dec 2012   #5
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I inherited an old laptop with a P4 CPU 1.8GHz. Needless to say, it was so slow I refused to use it, until I put an SSD in it. Now it seems almost as fast as a newer machine. An SSD is the most noticeable improvement you can do to any computer. As for which one, I know little about Kingston SSds although I own 6 SSds. None are from that manufacturer. Get the fastest and largest one you can afford. You can run an OS on a 64GB one quite well, I did it for over a year.
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16 Dec 2012   #6
kuddo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay. It looks like i'm going for the Kingston V300 since it's newer and cheaper 45Euros.
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16 Dec 2012   #7
gazz9496

 
 

trim is supported by the os rather than the hardware, so win 7 with the update and win 8 native.
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16 Dec 2012   #8
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gazz9496 View Post
trim is supported by the os rather than the hardware, so win 7 with the update and win 8 native.

Yep. It's Garbage Collection that is firmware based.



Enjoy your new drive OP
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18 Dec 2012   #9
kuddo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you all for your help. I got the Kingston V300 and it's insane fast. I'm on SATA 2 and i can't even see the Welcome screen for more than half a second. The desktop apears instantly with no loading whatsoever.
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18 Dec 2012   #10
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Nice! Enjoy it.
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