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Crucial m4 SSD - Difference between Sata 2.0 and 3.0?

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August 29, 2012 3:43:26 PM


My Sata 3.0 motherboard burned out so I just want to buy a cheap one so I can survive until the next major hardware upgrade.

The cheap motherboards i'm looking at have Sata 2.0 (sata 300) only.

I have a Crucial m4 SSD , which supposedly supports up to 500 mb/s Sustained Sequential Read.

Will the Sata 2.0 interface affect load times on Games/OS by a lot, or will i manage just fine with just Sata 2.0?
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August 29, 2012 7:45:08 PM

You will not notice the difference in real world usage, you only see the difference in the benchmark. So get the cheap SATAII MB, then upgrade it.
August 29, 2012 7:56:47 PM

In games, no you will not notice the difference between a SSD using SATA II vs SATA III. When it comes to load times of the operating system and large files, you may notice a difference, but the difference is going to be a matter of a few seconds. The key thing to note is that the newer SSDs and even some of the old ones can completely saturate the SATA II connection which just limits the drive's potential.

That being said, you wont notice a huge amount of difference between the two.