Intel 510 vs 320 (MB concern)

Hello all,

I want to finally dive into SSD but I have a concern. Which would be the better choice, a 120 GB Intel 510 SSD (SATA3) or a a 120 GB Intel 320 SSD (SATA2)?

I currently have a Gigabyte P55A-UD4 motherboard with 16 GB of DDR3 RAM (Disabled page file) and an XFX ATI Radeon 5850. If I get the 510 (SATA3), I would be able to get a drive faster than the 320 (SATA2). Unfortunately implementation of SATA3 on the motherboard would reduce the PCI Express speed to be reduced from 16X to 8X. I believe there will be a 4-8% penalty to gaming FPS. Is this worth the tradeoff?
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    No... it isn't worth it IMO! The Intel 320 is a very good drive and is a vast improvement over a STD hard drive. I won't sacrifice gaming / graphics performance for a little improvement with the Intel 510 (remember you are proabaly running a Marvell SATA III, which has disussed limitations over the Intel SATA III controller).
  2. ^5 +1 what tecmo said.

    What do you do with your computer. Sometimes the type of software applications make a difference.
  3. A little bit of everything... Some gaming, some image editing, home entertainment, office stuff and more. I am leaning more towards the 120 GB Intel 320 SSD.
  4. For a little bit of everything a good genral purpose ssd like the Intel 320 would be an excellent choice - providing you will not be upgrading your motherboard within the next 12 months.
  5. Best answer selected by GenSao.
  6. Thnak you tecmo34 and JohnnyLucky for your responce!
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