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SATA Vs. SATA 2/3

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August 7, 2012 2:24:18 AM

So, I am looking into picking up a cheap SSD to gain a quick boost in productivity and speed, and landed on an SSD. I looked at my motherboard's specs, and it is compatible with SATA. It mentions nothing of SATA 2 or 3. ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3 Is my board.

All that I can see on newegg is Sata 2 or above. Nothing listed for sata. Is there anything I can do to get an SSD up and running?

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August 7, 2012 2:47:57 AM

SATA is backward compatible. Your board is SATA 2 only (and has support for PATA, how quaint!). A SATA 3 drive won't be used fully unless you upgrade, although you generally won't notice any major differences. I'd get a SATA 3 SSD but for your system a Velociraptor might be a better bet.
August 7, 2012 2:53:27 AM

Smeg45 said:
SATA is backward compatible. Your board is SATA 2 only (and has support for PATA, how quaint!). A SATA 3 drive won't be used fully unless you upgrade, although you generally won't notice any major differences. I'd get a SATA 3 SSD but for your system a Velociraptor might be a better bet.



Okay. Well I am going to upgrade to a new motherboard, but not for a while. It's good to know that I can at least Sata 2 though. I can use it for now, then when I get a newer motherboard, I can just bring that one over, and maybe get a sata 3 then. :D 
August 7, 2012 2:53:29 AM

Use SATA 3 then you will be set for future upgrades.
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