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Will this motherboard support a SATA 6gb/s Hard Drive?

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July 10, 2013 4:07:46 PM

I am a beginner computer builder. I am trying to build a gaming computer and I am having some problems doing so. I cannot find out if this motherboard will support a SATA 6gb/s hard drive:http://stores.tomshardware.com/search_getprod.php/maste...

I would also like to know how to find that out. Thank you for the help!

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July 10, 2013 4:15:04 PM

It has two SATA 6Gb/s connectors. To find this out, just search your board at Newegg.com, and most of the time it will show up and provide you with all the specs of the board.
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July 10, 2013 4:16:52 PM

It says SATA/300, SATA/600 RAID...

It appears that it does but it is a little weird the way they detail this.
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July 10, 2013 4:18:43 PM

skit75 said:
It says SATA/300, SATA/600 RAID...

It appears that it does but it is a little weird the way they detail this.


Those are the controllers. If you go search on other websites, you can find the actual statistics instead of having to infer things. Much of the time, Google can be your friend (surprisingly enough). You can just search "Newegg.com [motherboard name]", and it will come up with the page, in which is contained the SATA specifications.
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July 10, 2013 4:26:20 PM

SATA 6Gb/s drives are backwards compatible so they will work on motherboards that have SATA ports, even if the ports are not 6Gb/s.

The motherboard you linked has 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports, so you will be ok.

Also FYI, HDDs can be 6Gb/s "compatible", not 6Gb/s "capable".
No hard drive can spin fast enough to achieve 6Gb/s speeds.

Only the data in the drive's buffer (16MB, or 32MB, or 64MB) can be transferred at 6Gb/s speeds, that it.

So you can connect your 6Gb/s HDD to your motherboard's 6Gb/s port or the 3Gb/s port, and it will Read/Write at the exact same speeds.

Here's a link to the spec sheet of that motherboard: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
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July 10, 2013 4:29:04 PM

Dereck47 said:
SATA 6Gb/s drives are backwards compatible so they will work on motherboards that have SATA ports, even if the ports are not 6Gb/s.

The motherboard you linked has 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports, so you will be ok.

Also FYI, HDDs can be 6Gb/s "compatible", not 6Gb/s "capable".
No hard drive can spin fast enough to achieve 6Gb/s speeds.

Only the data in the drive's buffer (16MB, or 32MB, or 64MB) can be transferred at 6Gb/s speeds, that it.

So you can connect your 6Gb/s HDD to your motherboard's 6Gb/s port or the 3Gb/s port, and it will Read/Write at the exact same speeds.

Here's a link to the spec sheet of that motherboard: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...


Actually, it has two SATA 6Gb/s connectors, but that is beside the point.
What you said is still correct; pardon me for correcting a trivial mistake.
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July 10, 2013 4:32:48 PM

Gigabyte's website indicates that that particular model has 2 Intel 6Gb/s ports and 2 Marvell 6Gb/s ports.
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July 10, 2013 4:39:12 PM

Dereck47 said:
Gigabyte's website indicates that that particular model has 2 Intel 6Gb/s ports and 2 Marvell 6Gb/s ports.


Ohhhh! I thought that was a redundancy; they are two separate sets of two ports?
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July 10, 2013 4:48:12 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
It has two SATA 6Gb/s connectors. To find this out, just search your board at Newegg.com, and most of the time it will show up and provide you with all the specs of the board.



Thank you!
But I cannot find any specs on NewEgg
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July 10, 2013 5:02:45 PM

Leopard 600p said:
dannyboy2233 said:
It has two SATA 6Gb/s connectors. To find this out, just search your board at Newegg.com, and most of the time it will show up and provide you with all the specs of the board.



Thank you!
But I cannot find any specs on NewEgg


Here is the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Do Ctrl+F and type "SATA 6Gb/s". There are actually four of them.
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