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SSD Compatibility Question

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September 16, 2011 4:20:39 AM

Hi, Newegg has OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for a good discount, and I'm thinking of purchasing it.

My question: Is this SSD compatible with my system?

My system: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard, Windows 7 home premium, OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 / 1600 MHz /Gold Edition / Triple Channel Kit, Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601920

My basic understanding is that even though my mobo isn't SATA III, the SSD will work but just not at the exact speed that a SATA III connection would allow. Is this correct?

Thanks in advance guys!

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September 16, 2011 5:16:08 AM

It's best to match a Motherboard's SATA speeds with the drive. It's good for SATA 2? great! slap a SATA 2 SSD in there (aka 3.0)

Don't try to cheat and slap a SATA III (Aka 6.0 ) into a SATA two socket, you may or may not get it to work.

Buy a SATA three board or if you have a PCIe 4 or 8x slot free, go straight to the Revo.

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September 16, 2011 5:30:29 AM

Actually, SATA is designed to work at the fastest speed supported by both the port and the drive, so you should be able to attach a SATA-III drive to a SATA-II motherboard and it will work just fine.

Maximum transfer rates will be limited to the 3Gbit/sec rate of SATA-II, but since most of the benefits of an SSD don't depend on transfer rates (they depend on access times, which aren't affected), you'll still get the lion's share of the performance improvements that an SSD can provide.
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September 16, 2011 5:43:24 AM

Best answer selected by rmcgorty.
September 16, 2011 5:44:21 AM

Thank you sminlal! I'll be looking forward to working on my computer soon!