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Will a SSD work with an OEM MB?

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July 31, 2012 1:03:58 PM

Hello all ^_^

I am considering purchasing a SSD to use as a boot drive (probably a 120 GB model) However, I have an older MB (Asus OEM model for HP, m2n61-ar "acacia" Nvidia chipset) which I think has the original SATA (not SATA II or III)

I have Windows 7 64 bit home premium, so I know that the software should support AHCI, but will my motherboard be able to handle the SSD?

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a c 283 G Storage
July 31, 2012 2:30:37 PM

Users sometimes experience compatability issues when using modern ssd's with older motherboards. Check for BIOS and chipset updates for your motherboard.
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a c 523 G Storage
July 31, 2012 2:32:56 PM

SATA devices are backwards compatible so your SSD will work on a SATA 1 port, but only at SATA 1 speeds.

AHCI is a SATA port mode (setting), so it is not Windows but your motherboard that has to support AHCI. If your motherboard doesn't support AHCI mode your SSD will work but it will be slower.
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July 31, 2012 5:13:22 PM

How do I determine if my Motherboard supports AHCI? It's not mentioned in any of the documentation on HP's website (not that they really put ANY information about the motherboard up :fou:  )

Let's say worst case scenario, my motherboard doesn't support AHCI. Would the SSD still be > a conventional HD? Would it still be worth purchasing? (in terms of cost-to-benefit)

Also, would my motherboard's lack of AHCI affect the lifespan of the SSD?
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a c 283 G Storage
July 31, 2012 5:23:14 PM

Start your pc and immediately go into the System BIOS. Check to see if there is setting that will allow you to switch from IDE to AHCI mode.
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a c 523 G Storage
July 31, 2012 5:47:36 PM

Midnight_Runner said:
Let's say worst case scenario, my motherboard doesn't support AHCI. Would the SSD still be > a conventional HD? Would it still be worth purchasing? (in terms of cost-to-benefit)

Also, would my motherboard's lack of AHCI affect the lifespan of the SSD?


To me it's not worth it to buy a SSD to connect to a SATA 1 port, regardless of whether or not the port can be switched to AHCI mode.

No, the lack of AHCI does not affect the lifespan of the SSD.
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July 31, 2012 9:55:55 PM

Well, after checking the BIOS and installing a Hardware Info utility, I have SATA II

So I would still see a performance boost, though only about 90% of the total performance possible.

Since I have an Nvidia chipset I do NOT have TRIM.
Can a SSD run long term without TRIM? Or would I be looking at a bricked HD in a year or two?
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a c 523 G Storage
July 31, 2012 10:05:25 PM

SSDs use Garbage Collection along with TRIM to maintain drive performance.
Just Log Off (not Shut down) overnight once every other week or so.
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July 31, 2012 10:19:04 PM

Dereck47 said:
SSDs use Garbage Collection along with TRIM to maintain drive performance.
Just Log Off (not Shut down) overnight once every other week or so.


excellent; I'll snag an SSD before the sale ends >:D  - thanks!
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July 31, 2012 10:20:37 PM

Best answer selected by Midnight_Runner.
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