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SATA 3 - Is there a point when you're on a HDD?

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July 5, 2010 10:08:31 PM

I'm looking at building a new PC sometime(currently trying to justify spending the money, lowering the cost would make it easier) and one of the options I was looking at was getting a mobo and HDD with SATA at 6.0 Gb/s. What I'm wondering though is...does going from 3.0 Gb/s to 6.0 Gb/s make a difference if you're on a HDD anyways(I would think that there's some limitation inherent with the drive being mechanical)? I can definitely see it being worth it on a SSD but the only SSDs at SATA3 on newegg are in excess of 300 dollars and way larger than I would need(If I got a SSD I'd only want it for Windows and one or two games at a time. But I'm going to wait for the prices to drop before I ever consider a SSD).

I'm talking about this from a gaming and boot time stand point(not after crazy SSD 7 second boot times, I'm just curious if there's actually an advantage over SATA2 here). I don't use that much in the way of heavy apps.

Here are the HDD and mobo I was looking at:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136544 WD Caviar Black 640 gb 64 mb cache 7200 RPM SATA3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621 Asus P7P55D-E Pro

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July 5, 2010 10:30:49 PM

The main thing is that most SATA 3 drives have huge caches, which arguably create the perfrmance gains seen in benchmarking vs the actual difference in the interface (SATA 2 vs SATA 3). Also, if you plan to use 6GB/sec interface with RAID, make sure your motherboards or PCIe SATA 3 controller supports it. Some motherboard support RAID on the SATA 2 controller but not the SATA 3 controller.
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July 5, 2010 11:24:59 PM

For hard drives that are otherwise identical SATA 6.0Gbit/sec has no significant advantage over 3.0Gbit/sec. The drive itself can't accept or deliver data that quickly, so there really isn't any benefit to the higher speed.
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July 6, 2010 12:43:13 AM

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