i have an MSI 790FX motherboard, AMD 965 BE, and Velociraptor 300Gb primary drive. i'm considering upgrading to SSD since i work with cumbersome software and files (Autodesk Revit, Sketh-up Pro, etc.). The software alone takes awhile to load and some of the larger files, even sketch-up, take a long time to load. i can hear the drive spinning to load these, and even saves are slow to execute. Question: is upgrading to a SSD drive with limit of 3gb/s worth it in this set-up? Thanks!
VERY few SSD's can actually exceed the max communication rate of SATA II (3.0 Gb/s), so even SATA 6.0 Gb/s SSD's will work well with older SATA 3.0 Gb/s controllers and ports.
AFAIK, all SATA controllers support AHCI - you just have to be sure the SATA Port Mode is set that way. HOWEVER, Windows XP does NOT have "built-in" drivers for AHCI devices, so you can't BOOT from an SSD with Win XP unless you've installed the drivers as part of the original install process. This is NOT an issue for Vista or Win 7 - they both handle AHCI devices as easily as IDE devices.
thank you all kindly. this is a great help. i'll definitely be picking one up. it seems windows 7 marks my performance score as all above 7, with exception to the hard drive currently performing at 5.4 (in an overly-generalized nut shell).
to be clear, as i understand, i can install a SATA III drive on my SATA II port and it'll work as the primary/bootable drive? that'd be good news, as i can reuse it in the eventual event that i upgrade my system.