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A few SSD questions

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Hi guys,

 

My current system is

 

i5 760 @ 3.8Ghz

Gigabyte ga-p55a-ud3

4GB 1600mhz DDR3 G-Skill ram @ CL6

1TB WD Caviar Black

W7 64bit

 

So at the moment I am running my Windows off the 1TB HDD and also, on a separate partition, my "Data" drive with all the music, documents and patches etc.

 

I've been looking at getting an SSD over the last couple months. I've been doing a bit of research and it seems just about the right time to grab one. (as the cost is coming down, performance is increasing and reliability is becoming stable)

 

I have an OCZ Vertex 3 120GB in my sights. This is a SATA-III SSD. My problem is, my motherboard uses the Marvell 9128 chipset to control the SATA-III. I've read that this does not use the full potential of the 6GB/s speeds of SATA-III as it runs of 1xPCI-e lane, rather than straight to the P55 chipset like the SATA-II ports do.

 

Should I just buy an older Vertex 2 and run it off the SATA-II ports or wait for the Vertex 3 and run it off the SATA-III port? Given I won't get the full speed of the SATA-III?

 

My plan is to obviously run W7 off the SSD and just use my 1TB WD for my "Data"

 

What are your thoughts? I would think going with the Vertex 3 off SATA-III would be the better option. As the SATA-III speed will still be faster than SATA-II. Also I would be getting a better quality SSD with the Vertex 3.

 

Cheers

 

Daniel

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Not really. The PCI-e will be enough to load it. Heck, I haven't seen any SSD move beyond 250Mb/s write and 400Mb/s read anyway.

 

Anyway, you'll be fine as the drop from SATA3 to SATA2 isn't that great. At most, you're only losing 20% speed.

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Not really. The PCI-e will be enough to load it. Heck, I haven't seen any SSD move beyond 250Mb/s write and 400Mb/s read anyway.

Don't be confusing Gb for GB or Mb for MB there sora.

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Not really. The PCI-e will be enough to load it. Heck, I haven't seen any SSD move beyond 250Mb/s write and 400Mb/s read anyway.

 

Anyway, you'll be fine as the drop from SATA3 to SATA2 isn't that great. At most, you're only losing 20% speed.

Don't the Vertex 3s run at around 500/500? That's what I read somewhere, and I've been looking around, but not many places stock them.

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Whoops, you're right tantryl. Should be MB, not Mb... >>

 

Harmonic, not really. Most previews of the Vertex 3 has it about the same numbers I quoted. But I do think that'll change later on.

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