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a b G Storage
May 28, 2010 11:36:53 AM

I have a Gigabyte P55-UD5 mobo i've been thinking about adding SSD for obvious reasons.
If i add the Asus U3S6 pci card is this a viable option or will i still be bottleknecked with this configuration.

Your input is much appreciated!

Thanks!

Let me rephrase my question.

At some point in the future i would like to install a 120gb ssd.
Will my mobo be able to fully utilize the benefits of ssd?
If i chose to add an Asus U3S6 will it improve the ssd performance over the mobo's or basically have the same performance.
Both of these upgrades will be added at some point in the future the add on card for usb3 function .

Thanks!

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a c 415 G Storage
May 28, 2010 7:50:15 PM

Firstly, note that just because a drive has a 6GBit/sec interface, it doesn't mean that the drive is actually capable of transferring data that quickly. You don't actually need anything faster than the drive's native transfer rate, even if it has a 6Gbit/sec interface.

The motherboard you have now with it's 3Gbit/sec SATA ports will work just fine with almost all the SSDs that are currently available. Very few SSDs can transfer data faster than 3Gbit/sec, and even the few that do won't perform particularly slower because their biggest benefit is in very fast access times which aren't affected by the connection speed.

The 4X PCIe USB 3.0 / SATA 6Gbit/sec card you're referring to should also work just fine. Based on the card's specs, if you DO find a drive that can transfer data faster than 3Gbit/sec, then it should work fine with that card without being bottlenecked.
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a b G Storage
May 28, 2010 8:28:46 PM

Best answer selected by Davcon.
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a b G Storage
May 28, 2010 8:31:40 PM

Thanks very much for your informative reply.
Much appreciated.
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