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February 11, 2012 5:27:38 PM

Hi All,

Thinking of making the well deserved upgrade to the SSD setup, well just one, but still!

My motherboard is a Gigabyte EX58-UD3R, and I was looking to buy the Crucial M4 128GB SSD. Please see below for the link:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-crucial-realssd-m4...

Firstly, is is compatible with my motherboard, any input is much appreciated before I fork out the cash !

And if anyone with more experience has another recommendations, or reasons not to go for this model, please say !

Cheers,

T.

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a c 101 V Motherboard
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February 11, 2012 5:41:52 PM

The 128gb M4 would be an excellent choice and would work fine with your existing gear. While you can migrate your OS with something like Easeus Todo Backup, a clean install with the bios set to AHCI first is best.

Once installed, optimize your SSD performance. HERE is a decent guide.
Anonymous
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February 11, 2012 5:44:19 PM


Thanks for your response. Now I realise the SSD's dont come with the cables, and I know with SATA there are a few types, I have the L shaped slots on my Mobo, and I assume the SSD's are just the ----- straight line connectors, what sata cable would I need to purchase?


Cheers.


RealBeast said:
The 128gb M4 would be an excellent choice and would work fine with your existing gear. While you can migrate your OS with something like Easeus Todo Backup, a clean install with the bios set to AHCI first is best.

Once installed, optimize your SSD performance. HERE is a decent guide.

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a c 101 V Motherboard
a c 317 G Storage
February 11, 2012 5:51:13 PM

It doesn't matter if it is straight or L on one end, although I find the L more convenient. Since all of your SATA onboard ports are 3gb/s you can use any SATA data cable, you don't require a 6gb/s cable and any future motherboard you buy that has a 6gb/s SATA connectors will come this that type of cable.

When you install it, use a SATA2 port like SATA2_0, not one of the 2 GSATA ports.
a c 208 V Motherboard
a c 114 G Storage
February 11, 2012 6:05:22 PM

Hmmmmm .... I'd do some shopping

Crucial M4 - $139.34 GBP - Tier 5 on THG Heiracrchy Chart

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmar...

Unfortunately, that website doesn't carry any of the tier 3 models .... the tier 3's are 21 % faster and, at least over here, are comptable priced tpo the M4

Tier 3 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB - $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tier 3 - OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB - $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tier 3 - Patriot WildFire 120 GB - $170* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tier 3 - Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB - $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tier 5 - Crucial M4 128 GB - $180

* Wildfire price after $40 rebate and $20 promo

Your MoBo shuda came w/ all the cables ya need.
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February 11, 2012 6:15:25 PM

Samsung 830 currently $185, free shipping w/Promo Code EMCNHJN24
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