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Old 05-19-2017, 11:11 AM   #1
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Don't worry no racial slurs. I am looking for my next motherboard. One thing keeps looking at me and i am getting curious. What if anything are the colors on the sata terminals for. I see blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red connectors. Do they mean anything or just a manufacturers choice? Do they show different speeds for the sata connection. I was looking at a MSI board that had two Yellow, two Black and one Red. Are they related to say Sata 1, 2, 3,ect??
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Generally colour coded so that you know which is which, instead of reading the small text. What's the motherboard model?
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Right next to the port, there's a little white label of "Port 1", "Port 2" etc.

Manufacturers use the color scheme to identify the port number. If you know their particular scheme, then you don't have to squint to see what number port it is.


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I've been looking at many different models but i had been seeing these sata colors and wondered if it was some kind of coding like the old resister codes(old school). I have seen all black 4,5,6 connectors too.Thanks. WD65
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No coding. Any color can be used and as long as they are all the same type (sata3) they have the same stats. The differences come from connector terminals used lke straight or 90 degree and that is for easier use in certain situations.
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Yep, Thanks, I was thinking it maybe had to do with the speed or something like that. I know the newer one are 600mbps i think i got it right. I know that the old board i have is 100mbps i think, not sure. I also saw some 300mbps i think. older boards. Was just thinking that the colors may have had something to do with it. Now that i know, I can get on with the search, Thanks again, Wd65
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No coding. Any color can be used and as long as they are all the same type (sata3) they have the same stats. The differences come from connector terminals used lke straight or 90 degree and that is for easier use in certain situations.
..... Where do you find this blatantly wrong information?

The port numbers don't matter all that much, but they do matter. It has to do with many an engineering and technological function. The lower the port, the higher in IRQ list that device becomes. Should your HDD be able to interrupt your Optical drive or the other way around? Which should have priority access to the north bridge controller?
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OK, Now i am at a loss. If dvd or cd is running why would hd stop it? Should cd/dvd have 0 and hd1? What is the answer as i don't get it. Never had any issues with ide like that before. Is Sata that much different?
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The lower the port number the higher the device is in priority. Basically, you want your primary drive on port 0 (or 1 if there is no 0). That means of all the ports, it's commands are processed by CPU first and with highest priority. So if your drive is sending Windows OS code (during boot time) and the CDROM starts to read, the read process doesn't get priority over the drive.

If reversed, the CDROM can request resources from the CPU and the drives current process will be interrupted, the CDROM has priority.

That's why I say it matters to some extent which ports you use for which devices. The drive where the operating system is should always be 0 (or 1). Everything follows after giving the drive highest processing priority.
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So i have two hds's and two DVD burners. First and second hd's go to 0,1 and/or 1,2. And external sata would be 2/3. Dvd's go to the next two right?
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That works! Some might say put the optical before the data drive, or external, but that's all up to you. As long as your primary hard drive is on 0/1, you're good.

Considering amount of use (data vs. optical), your above proposal is probably best.
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Yep, Thanks, I was thinking it maybe had to do with the speed or something like that. I know the newer one are 600mbps i think i got it right. I know that the old board i have is 100mbps i think, not sure. I also saw some 300mbps i think. older boards. Was just thinking that the colors may have had something to do with it. Now that i know, I can get on with the search, Thanks again, Wd65
Yes, you can buy any cable type in any color you like. A lot of modders use the colors they build their systems in for accent.
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..... Where do you find this blatantly wrong information?

The port numbers don't matter all that much, but they do matter. It has to do with many an engineering and technological function. The lower the port, the higher in IRQ list that device becomes. Should your HDD be able to interrupt your Optical drive or the other way around? Which should have priority access to the north bridge controller?
LOL Most people know it, if you are still unsure:
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If you want to see more, just google it yourself, it's widely available information.
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I think I see the problem. You asked about the terminals, the terminal is the end piece of the wire that connects to the port. I think you may have been asking about the port colors and asked about terminal colors by mistake.
The manufacturer selects the port colors and will generally group them based on what controller they go through, Intel Raid controller, Marvell raid controller, etc.
There is NO standardized color code system for the ports, it is up to the manufacturer.
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LOL Most people know it, if you are still unsure:
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..... Where do you find this blatantly wrong information?

The port numbers don't matter all that much, but they do matter. It has to do with many an engineering and technological function. The lower the port, the higher in IRQ list that device becomes. Should your HDD be able to interrupt your Optical drive or the other way around? Which should have priority access to the north bridge controller?


Is your reading comprehension actually this poor?

Edit: Looks like you eventually figured it out. That's what I get for not refreshing the page before replying.
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LOL yeah, when a person says terminal, I naturally assume they are talking about a terminal. Imagine that.
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Definition of terminal:

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  2. the point of current entry to, or point of current departure from, any conducting component in an electric circuit.
I can sort of see how the initial post could be misinterpreted, though the fact that he mentioned terminals on a motherboard should have been enough. The comment you were replying to, on the other hand, was blatantly obvious. Furthermore, had you continued reading the thread instead of immediately trying to be argumentative, OP's responses would have made readily apparent that iPwn's interpretation was the correct one.
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There is NO standardized color code system for the ports, it is up to the manufacturer.
That's important. Just read the manufacturer's manual and you'll find what you need. Sometimes you can even find the information just by looking at the motherboard's website. Example:

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VII_HERO/

Scroll down and you can find useful information about the ports and the rest of the components.
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That's important. Just read the manufacturer's manual and you'll find what you need. Sometimes you can even find the information just by looking at the motherboard's website. Example:

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VII_HERO/

Scroll down and you can find useful information about the ports and the rest of the components.
Yep exactly the manual will tell you what the colored ports do and it makes it easy to tell which ones to plug into of course they're also numbered sequentially so you don't really have to read the tiny numbers printed on them you just have to be able to count and remember that computers begin counting with zero.
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Doesn't terminal mean a huge building travelers gather in to fan out to their flights?

Ah, colors could be used for anything here. Sometimes they even indicate using a specific controller. I remember seeing sata ports in blue to indicate using an extra sata controller that allowed more ports than what the mobo could handle by default and they were bandwidth capped if I remember correctly.
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