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Windows 7: PCI or Pciex4 controller cards for sata II to sata III for 6GB/s ssd


26 Aug 2013   #1
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
PCI or Pciex4 controller cards for sata II to sata III for 6GB/s ssd

I've installed a ssd capable of 6GB/s on my sata II board and was wondering, if there were controller cards that could be used with one of the two slots mentioned to get the full 6GB/s speed from the ssd if so, any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!


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26 Aug 2013   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've had experience with only one card (LSI 9211-8i, way overkill for your purposes) but, based on my experience with that card, to be able to boot from them (not all cards can be booted from), you would have to install the card during the installation of Win 7. Also, cards have their own BIOS that have to be loaded in addition to the OS and the MOBO's BIOS or UEFI so you probably wouldn't gain much, if anything, in boot time (more likely, overall boot time will be longer, as with my HBA card). You may gain faster program loading, though.
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26 Aug 2013   #3
p5200

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I've had experience with only one card (LSI 9211-8i, way overkill for your purposes) but, based on my experience with that card, to be able to boot from them (not all cards can be booted from), you would have to install the card during the installation of Win 7. Also, cards have their own BIOS that have to be loaded in addition to the OS and the MOBO's BIOS or UEFI so you probably wouldn't gain much, if anything, in boot time (more likely, overall boot time will be longer, as with my HBA card). You may gain faster program loading, though.
I'm planning on a new build later with a sata III board so I think I will just wait for it and just run things like they are for now. Thanks for the info!
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26 Aug 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I feel you will be happier doing so. The new Haswell MOBOs have six native Intel SATA III ports that will be better suited for booting than from a HBA or SATA controller card.

In my case, I needed more SATA ports that any X79 boards have. The HBA card I'm using provides 8 more SATA III ports (and I've assigned every one of them). Since I reboot an average of only once a week, the increased overall boot time is not a problem for me.
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