Intel SSD running at 3.0gb/s instead 6.0gb/s?

Hi guys, i just slapped my new computer together, and all went well, but I noticed after the POST screen displays, it lists my X25-M Intel SSD's speed at 3.0gb/s instead of 6.0...i know I installed it in the right sata socket, its a gray one and the mobo manual says those are the 6.0gb/s sockets. And I used the special 6gb/s cable that came with my mobo.

The motherboard is an ASUS P6X58D-E. Is there a setting in the bios or something? I did look through it quite a bit.

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    Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s and 3.0 Gb/s

    For a single drive, it can't transfer faster than the 3.0Gb/s (probably not more than the 1.5Gb/s) anyways. So the motherboard port supports 6, but the drive doesn't.
  2. Oh OK. In your opinion, is it still worth it to have just one SSD over a 10,000rpm HDD?
  3. I don't know if there's a quick answer to that. In one sense, a good (like the intel) SSD will almost always be faster than a 10K drive. How much do you benefit from that, depends on your machine/workload. Windows boot, app launch could benefit, games might not.

    Then, throw in cost per MB, different things you could do (RAID 0 of 7200 rpm drives, raid of 10K drives, mix SSD boot with std storage) and it's a lot to think about.

    newegg has the velociraptor 600GB for 279: The x25M 160gb (upcoming version?) is $449. A pair of 750gb WD black, 7200 rpm drives in raid 0 would run probably under $150.
  4. The reason you buy a 10,000rpm drive is because it has a faster access time than a 7200rpm drive. The 10,000rpm drive might improve the access time by a factor of 2 or so.

    An SSD improves access time by a factor of around 100 times.

    So yes, for access times one SSD is much better than a 10,000rpm drive.
  5. First, the reason is because the Intel SSD only supports 3 Gb/s SATA. As for whether it's still worth it? Heck yes. Absolutely.
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