SSD sata3 on sata2 mb

Hi there,

I currently own a gigabyte p35-ds3 motherboard that has only sata2 (kinda' old ~ 4 years) with a E8500 cpu. I'm thinking of buying a ssd and I'm thinking of OCZ vertez 3 or agility 3, which one do you recommend? I hope there won't be any issues caused by the fact that the ssd is 6Gbps and the mobo is 3Gbps. I expect the ssd to work at 3Gbps. In the folowing 6-8 months I'm planning on changing the whole PC so I'm starting with the ssd :)
So...what do you guys think?
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  1. It's all backward compatible. The SSD will run fine under SATA 2.

    I'd go for the Vertex 3. (I assume you mean the max IOPS version)
  2. It will work with sata 2, i personally would go for a Crucial M4 SSD, i've heard OCZ doesn't have the best SSD's when it comes to reliability (And Crucial M4 gives a bit more actual storage)
  3. Yanthrax said:
    It will work with sata 2, i personally would go for a Crucial M4 SSD, i've heard OCZ doesn't have the best SSD's when it comes to reliability (And Crucial M4 gives a bit more actual storage)


    According to their website, crucial has way smaller write speeds than OCZ.
    http://www.crucial.com/store/listmodule/SSD/~65536~/list.html
  4. marten said:
    According to their website, crucial has way smaller write speeds than OCZ.
    http://www.crucial.com/store/listmodule/SSD/~65536~/list.html


    Yes, but i personally don't care much for the write speeds as you'll use the read speeds much more, i do care more about the extra space given by the Crucial M4, if going for the 120/128GB there is a difference of 7.4GB which is alot for SSD's IMO. (and if coming from a regular HDD you'll notice a huge boost in speed anyway)
  5. Do you think it would be a high difference between agility and vertex? I did some more research and according to ocz.com , vertex is part of high performance ssd's, and agility is from category value ssd's.
  6. In benchmarking there will be a noticeable difference but in real life using i doubt anyone would notice alot of difference, i did find a comparison between the vertex 3 and Crucial M4, not sure how reliable it is but: http://www.destructoid.com/review-ocz-vertex-3-vs-crucial-m4-solid-state-drive-213810.phtml
  7. There is also a noticeable price difference between agility and vertex, for about 50$. Seems a bit more, considering there is not such a huge performance difference. I think I'll go with Agility after all. Do you know if it requires a firmware update? I know there were some problems with this some while ago.
  8. marten said:
    There is also a noticeable price difference between agility and vertex, for about 50$. Seems a bit more, considering there is not such a huge performance difference. I think I'll go with Agility after all. Do you know if it requires a firmware update? I know there were some problems with this some while ago.


    It seems there's an update available on the OCZ website: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_3,_Vertex_3_Max_IOPS,_Agility_3,_Solid_3,_RevoDrive_3_and_RevoDrive_3_X2/

    So i assume it's best to update =)

    Here's a thread by someone asking how to do that: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?97081-New-system-build-with-Agility-3-SSD
  9. Here's a roundup of several SSD's including both the Vertex 3 and Agility 3, showing the Agility 3 isn't that far behind the Vertex 3: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4421/the-2011-midrange-ssd-roundup/1
  10. I will order the agility 3, the decision is taken:)
    Thanks for all the advises!!
  11. marten said:
    I will order the agility 3, the decision is taken:)
    Thanks for all the advises!!


    No problem =)
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