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Windows 7: Onboard SATA vs. PCI-e SATA?

05 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
Onboard SATA vs. PCI-e SATA?

What are the advantages and disadvantages in using a PCI-e SATA card versus having it on the motherboard? I don't plan on doing RAID.

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05 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Can't think of any, except that the card will cost you a PCI-E slot, obviously...
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05 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

Cards normally have 2 slots.

Also if you have an SSD, your best off using a 6Gbps sata port, and if your mobo only has a 3Gbps slot then a card varient would be more beneficial

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05 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

That depends on the particular SSD - unless it's a very high-performance model you probably won't see a practical difference between running the SSD on a SATA2 or SATA3 port.
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05 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Stand-alone cards are really just used when you run out of resources on your motherboard. I would never add a card unless I had to.
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05 Nov 2011   #6

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Boot Up

You may not be able to boot from a disk on it. Hardware determines that.
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05 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 SP1

One of the advantages of the older PCI cards was that larger HDDs could often be fitted that weren't catered for in the original system. I am about to test this with my new PCIe card as there appears to be a 1TB limit on mine, when I can afford a new HDD that is - maybe in about a year!
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