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Z68XP-UD3 2x SSD & 1 SATA HDD?

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October 8, 2011 2:06:26 AM

Community,

I am running a rig with a Z68XP-UD3 as my mobo. I currently have a Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III SSD and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III HDD connected. I just bought another Crucial M4. The question is: do I have a spare SATA III 6Gbs port? I see in the manual 2 GSATA III ports...

What should do here?

Thanks.

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a b V Motherboard
October 8, 2011 2:28:33 AM
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Connect your Seagate to one of the Intel SATA II 3Gb/s ports.
A single HDD cannot spin fast enough to saturate a SATA II port so you will see no loss in performance.
a b V Motherboard
October 8, 2011 2:42:07 AM

Also, your 2 SSDs should not be connected to the Marvell GSATA ports.
They should be connected in AHCI mode to ports SATA3_0 & SATA3_1 for maximum performance.
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October 8, 2011 2:45:39 AM

Thanks for the advice. That's what I was thinking... Besides, the mech HDD is just a data drive anyway.
October 8, 2011 2:15:51 PM

Best answer selected by okcookienc.
a c 715 V Motherboard
October 8, 2011 2:35:40 PM

Hmm...I disagree with the Marvell 9172 vs Intel SATA3, use the Intel SATA3 for the SSD e.g. OCZ Vertex 3.

In contrast the Marvel 9182 is closer to a toss-up.
October 8, 2011 3:19:27 PM

jaquith said:
Hmm...I disagree with the Marvell 9172 vs Intel SATA3, use the Intel SATA3 for the SSD e.g. OCZ Vertex 3.

In contrast the Marvel 9182 is closer to a toss-up.


Ok, so which SATA ports are you suggesting I plug my SSDs (I have 2) into? The regular SATA3 or the GSATA3 ports?
a b V Motherboard
October 8, 2011 3:23:45 PM

Ports SATA3_0 & SATA3_1 are the Intel SATA3 (6Gb/s) ports.

The Intel controller offers greater performance than the Marvell controller.
a c 715 V Motherboard
October 8, 2011 3:46:39 PM

^+1 ;) 
October 8, 2011 5:36:24 PM

Dereck47 said:
Ports SATA3_0 & SATA3_1 are the Intel SATA3 (6Gb/s) ports.

The Intel controller offers greater performance than the Marvell controller.


That's what I'm thinking too. Thanks for all your help.

So, what's the point in buying a SATA III 6Gbs mechanic HDD if it can't spin fast enough for the ports in the first place? My Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 is SATA III 6Gbs... now I'm questioning why I got it instead of a 3Gbs drive.
a c 715 V Motherboard
October 8, 2011 5:43:10 PM

Because, on HDD's, people assume 'Interface = Speed of the Drive' - common misconception.
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