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Does my Motherboard support my SSD at 6gb/sec?

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July 14, 2012 4:10:45 PM

Hello,

I recently purchased and installed a Samsung 830 128GB SSD (and it is great, thank you, community, for the advice).

Now I need to know if my motherboard can handle/support the 6gb/sec.

Motherboard:

Dell - 0GDG8Y
Bios: A04 (11/21/2011)

Thank you very much in advance for your input. It is very much appreciated.


- Sean

July 14, 2012 4:12:23 PM

My comp details (CPU-Z):

Intel Core i5 2320
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-bit SP1 (Build 7601)

CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 4 Cores - 4 Threads
CPU PSN : Intel Core i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz
CPU EXT : MMX, SSE (1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2), EM64T, VT-x, AES, AVX
CPUID : 6.A.7 / Extended : 6.2A
CPU Cache : L1 : 4 x 32 / 4 x 32 KB - L2 : 4 x 256 KB
CPU Cache : L3 : 6144 KB
Core : Sandy Bridge (32 nm) / Stepping : D2
Freq : 1596.57 MHz (99.79 * 16)

MB Brand : Dell
MB Model : 0GDG8Y
NB : Intel Sandy Bridge rev 09
SB : Intel H61 rev B3

GPU Type : AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
DirectX Version : 11.0

RAM : 8192 MB DDR3 Dual Channel
RAM Speed : 665.3 MHz (1:5) @ 9-9-9-24
Slot 1 : 4096MB (10700)
Slot 1 Manufacturer : Samsung
Slot 2 : 4096MB (10700)
Slot 2 Manufacturer : Samsung
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July 22, 2012 3:51:47 AM

So that system has the same motherboard as my system?

Mine is an Inspiron 620, not a Vostro.
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July 22, 2012 3:52:18 PM

cdyshack14 said:
So that system has the same motherboard as my system?

Mine is an Inspiron 620, not a Vostro.

Siince I couldn't find any verification that the Dell you have has SATA III, I had to go to another Dell that has that same motherboard. From what I found, it is only a SATA II. I presume yours is too. SATA III is usually intended for more hi-end systems, not so much the general home PCs.

You could download and run the free pgm SiSoftSandra and have it examine your system. Under "Mainboard' it will show your disk controllers and what SATA mode they are capable of.
http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/?d=&f=downandbuy&l=en&a=
Get the lite version if you want the free one.
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July 22, 2012 5:49:47 PM

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July 22, 2012 6:39:32 PM

Btw, as you are probably already aware, you can still use the SATA III SDD on your SATA II system (if it indeed turns out to be SATA II). It will just operate at somewhat below its rated speed. Still, it will be a major improvement over mechanical HDDs. Good luck, and enjoy your faster response.
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July 29, 2012 12:39:32 AM

clutchc said:
Btw, as you are probably already aware, you can still use the SATA III SDD on your SATA II system (if it indeed turns out to be SATA II). It will just operate at somewhat below its rated speed. Still, it will be a major improvement over mechanical HDDs. Good luck, and enjoy your faster response.


I know, thank you. It is MUCH faster, and running quite smoothly. I have also looked into the IDE and AHCI issue. I cannot alter that in my Bios (effing Dell...)

But I've read that it defaults to AHCI, is that true? (I only ask, because you seem to be very kind and helpful, and I've gotten mixed answers online)

My device manager does not state either explicitly...
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July 29, 2012 1:32:28 AM

I doubt it can 'default' to ACHI. ACHI mode is a function of the chipset. But you will be fine in IDE mode.
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July 29, 2012 2:12:08 AM

System Configuration

Onboard Audio Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
Onboard LAN Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
Onboard LAN Boot ROM — Enabled or Disabled (Disabled by default)

*******SATA Mode — AHCI; RAID (AHCI by default)******

This Explains why its in ATA Mode and it cannot be changed.
USB Controller — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
USB Storage Boot Function — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
Onboard Card Reader — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
Onboard Serial Port — Enabled or Disabled (Enabled by default)
Serial Port IO Address/IRQ — 3F8h/IRQ4; 2F8h/IRQ3; 3E8h/IRQ4; 2E8h/IRQ3 (3F8h/IRQ4 by default)
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July 29, 2012 6:15:49 PM

Oh. I thought you were referring to your SSD somehow defaulting your systemto ACHI. Yes, it is possible the chipset on the motherboard Dell chose is set to ACHI as default. If that's the case, you will have ACHI's advantages. But I'm surprised that the BIOS doesn't allow a way to change the controller back to IDE mode for some neeeds. For example...

I have a motherboard that needs the optical drive's SATA port set to IDE mode, or else it won't be able to be used as the first boot device for some reason. Fortunately for me, the board has not only Intel SATA ports, but a 3rd party SATA controller as well. So, I was able to keep my Intel ports ACHI and make the 3rd party controller's ports IDE.

Did you ever run that info pgm I linked to see what it reports?
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July 29, 2012 6:45:04 PM

I had, and it states under peripherals:

Dell Cougar Point 4 port SATA IDE Controller
Dell Cougar Point 2 port SATA IDE Controller
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July 29, 2012 6:48:35 PM

Getting read speeds of around 228/mbs.

Sound about right?
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July 29, 2012 6:51:10 PM

And then my old drive gets 103.34, so I don;t think it is functioning to its full potential.
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July 29, 2012 7:59:58 PM

You may want to run this benchmark pgm for your SSD. http://downloads.guru3d.com/AS-SSD-Benchmark-download-2... Unfortuately, it is in German. But 'Lesen' is READ and 'Schreiben' is WRITE. Another thing to improve speed is to be sure to use the latest Intel RST driver.
Here is my results when I had my SSD in use as C: Drive...
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July 29, 2012 8:15:23 PM

One important thing I forgot to mention. You will only get your best results with a clean install of Windows 7. The O/S needs to make some adjustments for the SSD technology. I recommend a good guide like this one to get the most out of the SSD: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-inst...
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July 29, 2012 8:24:34 PM

I did a clean install, and I just ran AS SSD, I got 220.67/read and 188.08/write

Is IS in IDE though... It saysa pciide - BAD
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July 29, 2012 8:45:05 PM

cdyshack14 said:
I did a clean install, and I just ran AS SSD, I got 220.67/read and 188.08/write

Is IS in IDE though... It saysa pciide - BAD

Not bad, just not as good as it could be with SATA 3. AHCI is mainly about improved features. I don't think there's any speed differnce related to AHCI. Be sure to use the IRST driver I mentioned (10.6 or later). It will increase your speed over the MS driver it loads by default.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/highlights/chpsts/...

Here's the difference before I used the latest IRST driver; when I was using the MS default driver:
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July 29, 2012 8:46:17 PM

I guess I have to find somewhere else to put my pics. I'm getting them deleted as fast as I can put them up. ???
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July 29, 2012 8:53:11 PM

Dell just said this:

4:40:23 PM Agent Amit_222814
Please give me 2 to 3 minutes to research on the issue.

4:45:53 PM Agent Amit_222814
Thank you for staying online. I appreciate your patience and apologize for the delay.

4:46:23 PM Agent Amit_222814
Sean, as I have checked the system board supports AHCI and it is enabled by default.

4:50:13 PM Customer Sean Brennan
I ran a benchmark and it said IDE
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July 30, 2012 2:17:11 AM

cdyshack14 said:
Should I just get this? Won't matter, right, if there is no AHCI option?

http://www.amazon.com/Apricorn-Velocity-Desktop-Upgrade...

I would stay away from a 3rd party SATA III card like that. It is only PCIex1 bandwidth, anyway. Your Intel SATA II would probably be faster. And I believe you are putting too much emphsis on AHCI mode. AHCI doesn't really have any effect of throughput speed.
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