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Serial ATA 3 vs 6

Last response: in Storage
April 15, 2011 9:27:58 PM

Hey all,

I am doing a new rig build.

My MOBO is the......

ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

It has the following SATA ports...
2 Intel P67 ATA 6.0 Gb/s
4 Intel P67 ATA 3.0 Gb/s
2 Marvel ATA 6.0 Gb/s

I purchased this as my new hard drive...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD103SJ
Item #:N82E16822152185

I would like to also use my two old hard drives which are....
Seagate 500 GB SATA 2 and WD 1 TB SATA 2.

I also have 2 DVD drives, an G Skill SSD 120 MB.....

So that basically gives my 3 hard drives, one SSD, and 2 optical drives, yet only 4 3.0 Gb/s SATA ports on the MOBO.

So my questions are......

1. Can any of the drives be plugged into the 6.0 Gb/s ports or just the 3.0 Gb/s ports ?
2. Whats the difference between the Intel 6.0 Gb/s and Marvel 6.0 Gb/s ports?


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a b G Storage
April 15, 2011 9:44:23 PM

1) SATA3 (6Gb/s) is backwards compatible with SATA2 and SATA1.

2) Nothing really. SATA is standard which is implemented by different manufacturers. So you just have two implementations; one by Intel and the other Marvel.