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Windows 7: System drive dead, looking for an SSD

17 Mar 2013   #1
Norwood

 
 
System drive dead, looking for an SSD

So I have this ASUS motherboard and I need to replace my Windows system drive.

I was looking at the OCZ Agility 3 but I noticed it is 6gbs but the motherboard is listed at 3gbs.

I'm guessing that 6gbs is SATA III and 3gbs is SATA II, correct?

Will I still be able to use this drive, but I just won't have the full speed of it?

I'm not really in a financial position at the moment to up grade my motherboard, but if there's a nice one you know about that is relatively cheap ($80-$100) feel free to recommend that as well.

And to tie it all up I have the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb, so the board would need to be compatible with that as well.

But hopefully, I would be able to find a 120GB drive, at that very nice price point the Agility 3 has and avoid replacing the motherboard as well.

Thoughts? Ideas?

Thanks!


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17 Mar 2013   #2
Norwood

 
 

Maybe this board....?
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17 Mar 2013   #3
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

The good thing about SATA III is that it is backwards compatible with SATA II. You won't get the full Sequential Read/Write speed of SATA III, but that is fine. The speeds that actually make a difference will be the same pretty much. Go ahead and get a SATA III SSD and later on, you can grab an updated motherboard. The SSD will stay with you for quite awhile! What are you looking at spending for the SSD?
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17 Mar 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not worry about the data transfer speed for the OS. The performance gain comes from the extremely short access time on SSDs. The OS uses mostly 4K blocks and the fancy numbers you see in the specs do not really apply.

If you want an OCZ, I would suggest a Vertex rather than an Agility which has had it's problems. Other good options are the Crucial M4, Samsung 840 Pro and the Intels. But even all the others will do the job. I have not really heard of any SSD to be a complete failure. I use a $60 Mushkin 60GB and that works very well too. Now who has ever heard of a Mushkin SSD. I use it in an external USB3 caddy and run my virtual systems from it. The others are 3 OCZ Vertex, 1 OCZ Vector, 2 Intels and 1 Crucial M4 - mixed Sata II and Sata III depending on the system. The 2 oldest are from 2008 and going strong.
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17 Mar 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes,
SATA II = 3Gbs
SATA III= 6Gbs

You'll never notice a difference in performance between the two. Just the SSD will make you head swim with speed.
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18 Mar 2013   #6
Norwood

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
The good thing about SATA III is that it is backwards compatible with SATA II. You won't get the full Sequential Read/Write speed of SATA III, but that is fine. The speeds that actually make a difference will be the same pretty much. Go ahead and get a SATA III SSD and later on, you can grab an updated motherboard. The SSD will stay with you for quite awhile! What are you looking at spending for the SSD?
About $100.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you want an OCZ, I would suggest a Vertex rather than an Agility which has had it's problems. Other good options are the Crucial M4, Samsung 840 Pro and the Intels. But even all the others will do the job. I have not really heard of any SSD to be a complete failure. I use a $60 Mushkin 60GB and that works very well too. Now who has ever heard of a Mushkin SSD. I use it in an external USB3 caddy and run my virtual systems from it. The others are 3 OCZ Vertex, 1 OCZ Vector, 2 Intels and 1 Crucial M4 - mixed Sata II and Sata III depending on the system. The 2 oldest are from 2008 and going strong.
That's what I ended up looking at. Will probably get this one, even though it doesn't have an adapter for the drive bay...I guess it can just dangle.
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18 Mar 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
That's what I ended up looking at. Will probably get this one, even though it doesn't have an adapter for the drive bay...I guess it can just dangle.
That's a good one. Don't worry about the adapter. I use self stick Velcro dots (or tape) to fix mine in the bay - or wherever there is room.

I have a bunch of adapters but never use them. Too much fuzz.
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18 Mar 2013   #8
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I would go ahead and get this one, since it is the same price as the Vertex 3. OCZ Vertex 4
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18 Mar 2013   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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20 Mar 2013   #10
Norwood

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Go ahead and get a SATA III SSD and later on, you can grab an updated motherboard. The SSD will stay with you for quite awhile!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

If you want an OCZ, I would suggest a Vertex
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Just the SSD will make you head swim with speed.
It arrived and I just finished installing Windows.

O.M.G.





I probably should have got that Vertex 4 listed above...but there's always going to be something a little bit better. In a month or so I'll be rebuilding this guy anyway and I am going to be adding another SSD.

I want all my drives to be SSD, this is absolutely incredible. Everything is instant.

Now, if only my 2TB of internal and 1TB external storage was all SSD.

I am one happy person right now.
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