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Can Platform Bottleneck Storage Speed?

Hey storage crowd, I'm planning on adding a 128GB Crucial MX100 to my machine, and wondered if my CPU would get in the way. I'm a super light user, so my Pentium G3220 (2 cores @ 3.0GHz) and H81 motherboard serve me fine. I use a 1TB 7200RPM Western Digital HDD, and have one SATA III port and two SATA II ports open. I don't plan on adding any more drives to this computer. Would this configuration bottleneck the rated 550MB/s read speed? Thanks.
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  1. The H81 Chipset was released in 2013 so there should be no bottleneck as long as your SSD is connected to a SATA 3 (6Gb/s) port.
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    The sata 6gbs would be the first thing to bottleneck an ssd before the operating system does and finally Hardware(motherboard, cpu, ram etc). The cpu should be just fine. :)
  3. Yuna said:
    The sata 6gbs would be the first thing to bottleneck an ssd before the operating system does and finally Hardware(motherboard, cpu, ram etc). The cpu should be just fine. :)


    Great, thanks! I like the Crucial drive for its endurance and lower price point, but keep wondering if I should pick a more performant drive in the capacity range. Since I don't work with large files, I'll be using this drive as a pure performance part, and don't mind spending a bit extra for better speed. Really high-end drives like the 850 Pro and PCI-based drives are out of reach, but if I were to choose an M550 or 840 EVO, would that be worth it?
  4. The prime mediocre said:
    Yuna said:
    The sata 6gbs would be the first thing to bottleneck an ssd before the operating system does and finally Hardware(motherboard, cpu, ram etc). The cpu should be just fine. :)


    Great, thanks! I like the Crucial drive for its endurance and lower price point, but keep wondering if I should pick a more performant drive in the capacity range. Since I don't work with large files, I'll be using this drive as a pure performance part, and don't mind spending a bit extra for better speed. Really high-end drives like the 850 Pro and PCI-based drives are out of reach, but if I were to choose an M550 or 840 EVO, would that be worth it?


    If I were to choose from these two drive, I would go for the 840 EVO. It has a higher consistent performance over the M550 and it includes a very good software suite, which help if you're migrating from an hdd to ssd, and it has a nifty feature called "rapid mode"(RAM-caching software) which is a nice extra.
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