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November 6, 2012 3:14:11 PM

I am having a horrible time making a decision as to which add-on SATA-3 controller and SSD I should use with a Dell OptPlex 990.

I'm considering the following SSD drives:

Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC SSD
OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC SSD
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC SSD
Corsair Neutron Series GTX CSSD-N240GBGTX-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III SSD

I'm also going to get this HDD for this unit as well.
Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive

I need your help selecting the best add-in SATA-3 Controller Card.

I really do appreciate your help!! Thanks everybody.

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November 6, 2012 3:39:18 PM

Your 990 has the SATA III and SATA II ports already, I don't understand why you need the add-on card. Also the you need get one at least PCIeX4 and it will cost a lot, it is not cheap. If the add-on card is for HDD, then it is OK but it is not for the SSD.

You should get the intel 520 if you can.
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November 7, 2012 6:41:20 PM

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November 7, 2012 7:40:50 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. I was leaning towards the Intel 520; the test results I've looked at were very impressive. Three of our development machines (Dell OptiPlex 990) have 120GB Intel 510 Series drives for their boot drive and they absolutely smoke. Newegg has 3 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III controller cards ($42, $70 & $116). The one for $116 is low profile, so that doesn't help me much. Thanks again for the advice.
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April 22, 2013 10:41:14 AM

the optiplex 990 supports only sata 2. i run this system at work. i am also wondering what pci-e sata3 card to get that works out of the box. if you find out let me know, thanks.
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April 22, 2013 1:40:12 PM

Dell as well as several other "off the shelf pc" retailers do not publish sufficient information about pc components installed in their computers. In addition there might be several different configurations.

The first problem with the Optiplex 990 is the pc case. There are 4 difference size cases from ultra small form factor (USFF) up to a minitower (MT) case. Which pc case do you have?

The second problem is the availability of a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot on the motherboard. The Optiplex 990 comes with an extra PCIe 2.0 x4 slot on the motherboard but it may be populated with one of several optional add-in cards. Do you have a free PCIe 2.0 x4 or better slot available?

In the meantime, here is a link to a short review of a new adapter card:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/%5Bprimary-term%5D/apr...
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