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Patriot wildfire 120GB on sata II (3Gb/s)

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October 31, 2011 2:42:41 AM

The patriot wildfire 120GB is on sale at newegg for $204 after rebates. From the reviews here and elsewhere, the drive seems to be among the best.
I have a asus p6t v2 deluxe motherboard which, as far as I know, does not have a sata III (6Gb/s) controller. Is it worth buying the wildfire to use on a sata II (3Gb/s) connection? Is there a cheaper drive that I can buy which will yield the same performance as the wildfire on a sata II connection?

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a b G Storage
November 1, 2011 6:06:05 AM

SATA III drives perform better on SATA II connections than SATA II drives do. This is because a SATA III drive is actually faster than the connection and hence can saturate the connection. SATA II drives generally cannot.

The standard price for the 120GB Crucial M4 (SATA III) is around $200 on newegg. I would go for that. Also, don't count on rebates. Predicting if/when you'll get a rebate is like trying to predict the weather.

Also...there are cheaper drives that will have higher performance, yes. The OCZ Vertex/Agility III is one of them. However when you're choosing an SSD, reliability should come first and performance should come second. The wildfire drives are reliable and so are the crucial drives.
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November 6, 2011 12:22:37 AM

Thanks for the help. Is there a reasonably priced SATA III add on card with decent performance? I remember Asus had a card but they discontinued it some time ago.
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a b G Storage
November 6, 2011 12:27:40 AM

I don't know. I know that there are reasonably priced SATA III cards and there are SATA III cards with decent performance, but I don't know how close you can get to both. There are other people that will know that better than me.

However, I will say that you'll still get noticeably better performance even out of a SATA II SSD. The jump from a SATA II SSD to a SATA III SSD isn't nearly as big as the jump from standard HDD to SATA II SSD. If it were me I would get a SATA III drive and try it out and then look into SATA III pci cards if you're dissatisfied with the performance.
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November 6, 2011 1:12:20 AM

I have the Asus add-on card you mentioned. I bought it last year and experimented with it. Its in one of my spare part boxes now.

There are no economical consumer oriented PCI-e based SATA 3 6Gb/s add-on cards that work well. Most of them use older controllers.

There are enterprise oriented add-on cards that work exceptionally well but they are expensive. Prices for the really goods ones start around $1,600.00.

The alternative would be a PCI-e based ssd. OCZ offers a variety of "Revo" models.

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November 8, 2011 2:34:40 AM

Thank you both. I got the wildfire and it just blows past my hard drive. Maybe I will get a new motherboard in the future to get over the sata II bottleneck.
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November 18, 2011 2:33:35 AM

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