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Looking for a Good SATA III add on card

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July 20, 2012 2:42:10 AM

Does such a thing even exist? I was looking on newegg and they all seemed to suck because either they ran on x1 pci-e port or they were just plain unreliable. I just want to get out of buying a whole new motherboard (for now) in order to take full advantage of a new ssd. Thanks in advance.

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July 20, 2012 2:53:26 AM

umm the speed of a SSD isnt very affected by a sata II port. you still get the speedy load and boot times since the SSD's IOPS rate is not changed (im pretty sure). the only thing you lose out on is when you do anything that does a lot of writing and reading
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July 20, 2012 2:54:16 AM

jake_larkee said:
Does such a thing even exist?


Sorry, but that's not possible. You need a PCIe x4 or x8 card to get maximum performance from a SATA 3 (6Gb/s) drive.

Expect to spend around $200, so that's about the cost of a new motherboard.
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July 20, 2012 2:58:39 AM

Dereck47 said:
Sorry, but that's not possible. You need a PCIe x4 or x8 card to get maximum performance from a SATA 3 (6Gb/s) drive.

Expect to spend around $200, so that's about the cost of a new motherboard.

There aren't any x4 or x8 sata 3 add-on cards? Is that what you're saying?
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July 20, 2012 3:11:05 AM

No, there are x4 & x8 cards. I'm saying the price of a good one is close to the price you would pay for a new motherboard. :) 
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July 20, 2012 3:19:44 AM

Yes, that's a great board.
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July 20, 2012 3:22:09 AM

Dereck47 said:
Yes, that's a great board.

You have been very helpful. +1 internetz lol
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July 20, 2012 3:22:43 AM

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July 20, 2012 3:29:55 AM

Dereck47 said:
Yes, that's a great board.

Wait, So that means I'll have to buy buy windows 7 again huh?
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July 20, 2012 3:41:55 AM

Maybe not. What is you current motherboard? How many times have you installed Windows and activated your Product Key?

I upgraded my motherboard and my Windows Product Key activated with no problems.
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July 20, 2012 4:08:20 AM

I have a AM3 chipset myself. I also have an OEM Windows 7. I've installed and activated Windows about 4 or 5 times.

You shouldn't need to buy another Product Key, but I can't guarantee it.
If Windows requires you to buy another license just call their toll-free number, tell them your old motherboard broke and that you're replacing it. They should let you slide.
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July 20, 2012 4:15:12 AM

Dereck47 said:
I have a AM3 chipset myself. I also have an OEM Windows 7. I've installed and activated Windows about 4 or 5 times.

You shouldn't need to buy another Product Key, but I can't guarantee it.
If Windows requires you to buy another license just call their toll-free number, tell them your old motherboard broke and that you're replacing it. They should let you slide.

Well fantastic! Thanks man. :) 
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July 20, 2012 4:36:50 AM

hey guys a cheap sata 3 card is possible. Any card with the ASM1061 chip will work well enough to give you decent speeds and to enable trim.

While not ideal a $20 card even at pci-e 1x can still be a huge improvement. I just went through this a few months back... Do I get a whole new board chip and ram, or do I just get the ssd and a cheap pci card. Here are some real number from the PC I use very day.

These are from crystal diskmark.

WD black 750gb on sata 2 controller
seq read 93.91 Write 91.85
512kread 43.42 write 60.14
4k read 0.668 write 1.647

Sandisk 120gb extreme onboard sata2
seq read 132.4 Write 106.3
512kread 131.3 write 106.8
4k read 45.56 write 52.46

Now same SSD same install on the sata3 pci-e card running in 1x mode
seq read 196.5 Write 151
512kread 188.0 write 130.6
4k read 110.2 write 94.25

I know these speeds are still half of what the drive is advertised at but the point is for around $100 for drive and pci-e card I was able to double or tripple the over all feel of the PC.

Windows 7 boots in like 10 seconds.. it used to take 45.
MW3 map loads in like 5 seconds it used to take 30.
BF3 Map loads in like 20 seconds it used to take like 2 minutes.
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