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SATA CONTROLLER QUESTION. NEED HELP!

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February 13, 2013 12:24:47 AM

So a buddy of mine is building a computer, and he is getting a Asus Sabertooth z77 motherboard. We told him that the Samsung 840 and the OCZ Vector SSD's are amazing speed wise, but one of his buddies told him that the SATA controllers on the motherboard don't match the SSD sata controllers so he wouldn't be getting full performance.

My question is:

If the motherboard has a different model/maker SATA controller than the SSD SATA controller maker, will that hinder performance in any way?

I'm almost 100% positive that I know the right answer, but he wants other opinions and I need an outside source other then my own advice. And if anyone can provide any research backing their opinion up that would be great.
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February 13, 2013 12:46:34 AM

Cerb3rus said:
My question is:

If the motherboard has a different model/maker SATA controller than the SSD SATA controller maker, will that hinder performance in any way?


An SSD's controller does not have to match a motherboard's SATA controller.

SATA 3 (6Gb/s) SSDs (any model) need to be on native 6Gb/s ports for maximum performance.

If your motherboard has an Intel CPU then the Intel 6Gb/s ports are the native ports.
If your motherboard has an AMD CPU then the AMD 6Gb/s ports are the native ports.

The ASUS Sabertooth Z77 has Intel 6Gb/s ports and ASMedia 6Gb/s ports.
So any SATA 6Gb/s SSD will have best performance on the Intel 6Gb/s ports.
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