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Is my Mobo compatible for a SSD?

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October 2, 2011 4:20:05 AM

Sorry for the dumb question, I am so confused now with SATA or SATA II or is it interchangeable.

I have the a NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI motherboard in my Dell XPS 720 and I want to switch out the HDD (WESTERN DIGITAL WD2500KS-00MJB0 250GB SATA DRIVE) for a new SSD Crucial M4 128gb.

Do I have the SATA II or III, I assume the SATA II and will it work? I think the SSD are SATA III and backwards compatible?

Thanks.

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a c 290 G Storage
October 2, 2011 5:49:21 AM

There were several variations of your motherboard. The NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI and the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI LT models are only SATA 2 3Gb/s capable.

A SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd and a SATA 2 6Gb/s ssd will both work with your motherboard but a SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's performance will be reduced to SATA 2 3Gb/s levels.
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October 2, 2011 4:28:36 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
There were several variations of your motherboard. The NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI and the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI LT models are only SATA 2 3Gb/s capable.

A SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd and a SATA 2 6Gb/s ssd will both work with your motherboard but a SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's performance will be reduced to SATA 2 3Gb/s levels.


thanks! i assume i can just go ahead and order it and give it a go? i do know it will reduce the speed since it's not a SATA III mobo.
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a c 290 G Storage
October 2, 2011 7:09:27 PM

Yes, give it a go. Unlike SATA 2 3Gb/s ssd's, the Crucial M4 will probably perform at maximum SATA 2 3Gb/s levels.

Good Luck!
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October 2, 2011 9:26:52 PM

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