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Sata3 ssd on a sata2 mobo?

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August 10, 2011 4:02:10 PM

I heard that you can use a sata3 ssd on a motherboard that is only sata2,but obviously only get sata 2 speeds. Is this correct? I want to get a ssd but not ready to replace my mobo and chip and thought this would be a good way to upgrade to a ssd and then in about a year upgrade chip and mobo.

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P55M-GD45 msi
2.67 gigahertz Intel Core i5 750
Win7 64bit

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August 10, 2011 4:15:55 PM

Yes, SATA versions are cross-compatible so you can use a SATA3 SSD on a SATA2 motherboard. This will limit the maximum transfer rate of the SSD, but only the very fastest SSDs actually saturate a SATA2 port. And the biggest benefit of an SSD isn't the transfer rate - it's the access time, and that will be just as fast no matter what kind of SATA connection you use.
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August 10, 2011 5:04:36 PM

Great,thanks!!
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August 10, 2011 5:14:15 PM

^5 +1 what sminlal said!
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