Did I buy a SATA 6gb/s for nothing?


I have the ASUS P6X58D premium SATA 6gb/s capable mobo. I also have the Intel X25M 80GB SSD as my primary drive and a Seagate 7200.12 1Tb storage drive. This may seem like a silly question but is my mobo's 6gb/s capability useless to me at this point? What about my Samsung DVD writer? Useless as well?

Should I still connect both hard drives using the 6gb/s cables?

My full build:

Intel Core i7-930
XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB
Intel X25-M 80Gb
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB
Antec CP-850 850W
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  1. First... Nice build!!!!

    Second... At this time, the SATA 6.0Gb/s is of no use to you. All your drives are SATA II but don't worry SATA 6.0Gb/s doesn't provide a major performance increase. You want to look at you are building for upgradeability with your system. As USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0Gb/s become standard, your system will be ready to handle it without upgrading.

    Third... You want to still connect everything using the standard SATA II cables.
  2. Ok thanks! if I use the 6gb/s cables will it negatively affect performance?
  3. As long as they fit the device / MOBO slots, it shouldn't be an issue. I won't plug them into the 6.0Gb/s slots on the MOBO though.
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