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Old 05-03-2012, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

Essentially this is the question.

I'm thinking of getting a SATA III SSD (Agility 3 128GB)

Should I:

1. Get a SATA III PCI Card
2: Use my motherboard's SATA II slots.


I ask this, as I know SATA II is 3GB/S limit.

Would the PCI slot have enough bandwidth/speed to actually justify having a SATA III PCI card?

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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

PCI slot might not have enough bandwidth for SATA III. Most the the PCI SATA cards I've seen are SATA I.

PCI Express would have enough bandwidth. They even sell PCI Express SSDs.
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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

My Graphics Card is in my single PCI-E x16 slot :\
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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

What is your hard drive configuration now? An SSD connected to SATA II would have read/write speeds around 250-300MB/s, compared to the 125MB/s from a conventional hard drive.

FYI there is a difference between 3GB/s and 3Gb/s.

b = bit
B = byte = 8 bits
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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

I know theres a difference, but it's a forum, not a full on technical report, people know which is meant when they hear the context.

I heard a SATA III Card in PCI would be faster than SATA II ports though :\

I have a mechanical hard drive, 7200rpm connected to my SATA II
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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

People don't always know and it's a good habit to use proper nomenclature.

On Newegg, every SATA III controller card is PCI Express. I don't think regular PCI meets the bandwidth requirements for SATA III.
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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

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My Graphics Card is in my single PCI-E x16 slot :\
I'm still willing to bet that you have at least one PCI-E 4x or 1x slot. the card c an work in either of those as well and the ones I have seen are usually designed for the 4x slots.
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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

I have 1 PCI-E x16 slot, one PCI-E x1, and two PCIs.

My PCI-E x1 is blocked by my graphics card :\

I've never seen a PCI-E x4 slot How rare are they?
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Default Re: Question on SATA II, III and pci cards.

Some boards have a slot that is physically a PCI-E x16 but electrically a PCI-E x4.
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