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Are there any speed advandage to connecting a ssd via a card in PCIe 2 x1 port as opposed to a regular connection via SATA por

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October 27, 2013 12:38:15 PM

I will be installing a new SSD in my Gateway desktop computer model FX6860-UR-10P running 64 bit Windows 7. Would like to know if there are any read/write speed advantage in installing a card in one of the PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and connecting the SSD to it, or just installing the SSD to a SATA port on the motherboard.

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October 27, 2013 12:51:53 PM

I believe PCI - E ssd's run on an x4 slot. The advantage is they're faster than sata ones (mostly) but the difference isn't all that noticeable in real life and well sata is cheaper. The advantage of larger capacity is moot lately.
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October 27, 2013 2:23:34 PM

allanitomwesh said:
I believe PCI - E ssd's run on an x4 slot. The advantage is they're faster than sata ones (mostly) but the difference isn't all that noticeable in real life and well sata is cheaper. The advantage of larger capacity is moot lately.


Thanks for your response. I have been able to determine that the ssd will run on x1, x2, x4, x8 or x16 PCI-e slots. However some of the messages I have read say x2 or grater is required to get the 6Gb speed. Some say otherwise. That is where I am hungup.
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October 27, 2013 9:52:13 PM

most manufacturers recommend an x4 slot,presumably for the big numbers. So while it would work on a x1 slot,they are backwards compatible, the performance hit would make it not worth the premium you pay for a pci ssd.
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October 28, 2013 7:57:03 AM

Thanks, I might have to re-think this upgrade. Those ssd drives are not cheap so I want to get all the gang for my bucks.
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October 28, 2013 10:42:13 AM

That appears to be a Intel H67 board in that pc and as such it should have two sata3 ports which should offer more performance than a single lane pcie2 card.
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October 28, 2013 10:47:59 AM

popatim said:
That appears to be a Intel H67 board in that pc and as such it should have two sata3 ports which should offer more performance than a single lane pcie2 card.


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October 28, 2013 10:52:53 AM

Thanks, Popatim, that is the information I have been looking for. My PC do have the Intel H67 board with two free sata3 ports and two free PCIe ports. But after reading various forums on the subject I have not been able to determine which of these would provide the best performance from an ssd.
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October 28, 2013 11:33:53 AM

Go with a sata SSD,the change from a mechanical drive is the most noticeable. They are available in large capacities these days (Samsung 840 Evo,Crucial M500) for significantly less than a pci ssd of a similar capacity. That would be your best option.
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October 28, 2013 7:45:59 PM

I have settled on a Samsung 840 Evo 760 Gb Sata III ssd which I will mount in a empty drive bay and connect to the motherboard via Sata cable. At a later date after testing I will decide if I want to install a card in one of the PCIe 2 slots and then run the ssd from there. Thanks for all the help.
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October 28, 2013 8:31:17 PM

No problem, pick a best answer to close the thread.
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