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SATA Controller is SATA 3Gb/s. Any benefit getting an 6Gb/s SSD ?

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February 9, 2014 1:32:30 AM


My SATA Controller on my motherboard is for SATA 3Gb/s. I know that SSDs are SATA 6Gb/s. Would it make a difference to get an SSD @SATA 6 Gb/s?

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February 9, 2014 3:54:02 AM

It will make no difference at all since the maximum data transfer speed is determined by the SATA controller specification.

You can still install a 6 GB/s SSD though. It will work of course since SATA is backwards compatible, but you won't get 6 GB/s

Nevertheless, if you use the SSD as a boot drive for Windows you will still notice a vast improvement in Windows startup time because of the SSD technology itself compared to mechanical hard drives.

And any applications you install on SSD will startup faster too.
February 9, 2014 4:21:22 AM

Thanks, I think I'll only use SSDs when I get a new system.