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Do High end ssd max out SATA 3.0?

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July 31, 2012 1:57:23 PM

For example, Samsung 830 or Intel's 520 ssd has a read speed of somewhere 550MB/s. Sata 3 has a maximum bandwidth of 750MB/s (6gbps / 8).
From my understanding the 750MB/s max speed is theoretical and the real-world speed is 2/3 to 1/2 of the theoretical max bandwidth.

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July 31, 2012 2:20:11 PM

Mathematically you are correct, 6Gb/s = 750MB/s; but when referring to SATA ports you are incorrect.

The maximum theoretical speed of a SATA 3 (6Gb/s) port is 600MB/s.
The difference is due to SATA protocol overhead.

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July 31, 2012 2:23:51 PM

You're pretty much on target.

Actual performance during real world use will vary quite a bit. It depends on what you are doing with your pc.
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July 31, 2012 2:28:32 PM

Also, not all SATA 3.0 controllers perform the same. Some are closer to their theoretical maximums, and some are lower. Either way it is borderline.
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