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Whats the Difference between these SATA connectors?

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January 10, 2012 10:27:26 PM

Motherboard: "ASUS P8Z68-V PRO / GEN3"
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

im building a pc and need to hook up a 120gb SSD and a 1tb hard drive.
Please keep in mind im new at building computers so stay English :) 

whats the difference between a

"Intel Z68 ATA 6.0 GB/s connector (7-pin SATA6G_1/2[gray])" and a
"Marvell Serial ATA 6.0 GB/s connector (7-pin SATA6G_E1/E2[navy blue])"



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January 10, 2012 11:01:57 PM

Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller : *3 - 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue


*3: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
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January 10, 2012 11:07:02 PM

thanks for the quick reply nikorr :D 
what else would these sockets be used for other then a HD and SSD?

and just to clarify, my HD and SSD would be concidered "data hard drives" correct?

what is ATAPI?
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January 10, 2012 11:12:53 PM

CD/DVD drive, CD/DVD rom, Tape drive
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January 10, 2012 11:15:39 PM

yes, ur HDD and SSD would be consider data drives

atapi is da name they called it (4got what it was called) that allow the use of non-hard drive device on the same IDE data cable along side a hard drive.

i thought that didnt matter because each device had its own port and the reference to atapi was only for older IDE devices.

i think da main differences are how da pci-e lanes are used and how it might affect other pci-e device bandwidth. i think the marvell chipset shares it lane with da x4 r x1 slot so if u use that and have a x4 device it might slow one of them down. (correct me if im wrong). The other difference is speed. i think intel chipset run abit faster then marvell (again correct me if im wrong)
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January 10, 2012 11:16:57 PM

thanks for the quick reply nikorr :D
what else would these sockets be used for other then a HD and SSD?

and just to clarify, my HD and SSD would be concidered "data hard drives" correct?



Yes, they are.
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January 10, 2012 11:18:25 PM

So, if your DVD drive is not working, do not RMA : )

Check the port first : )
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January 10, 2012 11:52:59 PM

hah right.. forgot about my dvd drive,

this arises another question.

my MOBO came with x2 6gb cables and x2 3gb cables

i already used both the 6gb cables on my SSD and HDD, would it be more efficent to hook up the DVD drive with the remaining 3gb cable into a 6gb socket, would there be compatibility issues or no benifit what so ever?
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January 10, 2012 11:55:17 PM

Nope. DVD drive is slow snd limited by its SATA II interface. It would work, but no gain.
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January 11, 2012 12:00:20 AM

sata 3 is backwards capable so if u use the 3gb/s wire for the dvd it will work. like what nikorr said makes no diff if u use da 3 r 6gb wire since the dvd drive will not even use all da bandwidth provided by sata II.
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January 11, 2012 12:09:28 AM

okay very much for the help!

p.s. both helped alot, but nikorr was first soo ;) 
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January 11, 2012 12:09:40 AM

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January 11, 2012 12:12:49 AM

Thanx for the vote sayge : ) Good job keisuk3!
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January 11, 2012 12:13:03 AM

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