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Is my Mobo compatible for a SSD?

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Best answer
    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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