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Is SATA 6 GB/s ready for prime time?

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March 15, 2011 8:23:32 PM

I'm building a new system based on Intel Core I5-2500K and the Asus P8P67 Pro MB.
I purchased a Western Digital WD10EALX hard drive that was on sale. This drive is rated SATA 6.0 MB/s. However I've since rad some rather negative reviews. On the other hand I've heard very good things about the Samsung Spinpoint F3 HS103SJ which is rated 3.0 GB/s. I'm considering exchanging the WD for the Samsung.

Are the 6.0 GB/s rated drives really faster, or is this a technology that isn't there yet?

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March 15, 2011 8:35:14 PM

SATA 3.0 (6 Gbits) is a stable technology is faster than the older SATA 2.0 standard. While you may find a product that isn’t good overall there are no problems with the technology. I have a Western Digital SATA 3 drive on my work system here and I have had no problems at all.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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March 15, 2011 9:13:03 PM

So SATA 6.0 GB/s better in reality than SATA 3.0 GB/s ?
Can a SATA 6.0 work twice as fast as a 3.0?
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March 15, 2011 9:32:11 PM

Pointless if you are talking traditional mechanical hdds - awesome for SATA 6GB/s SSDs
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March 15, 2011 10:15:35 PM

batuchka said:
Pointless if you are talking traditional mechanical hdds - awesome for SATA 6GB/s SSDs


Are 6GB/s hdds only manufactured for compatibility with MBs lacking the older 3GB/s ports?
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March 15, 2011 11:07:45 PM

Meganano said:
Are 6GB/s hdds only manufactured for compatibility with MBs lacking the older 3GB/s ports?

No, because the respective SATA specs are backwards compatible; you can plug a SATA 6Gbps cable into a SATA 3Gbps port and just get SATA 3Gbps speeds, so that is not the reason companies are producing harddrives with the 6Gbps interface. Mostly I think it is a marketing/selling point, which the educated don't fall for.
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March 15, 2011 11:17:16 PM

Silvune said:
No, because the respective SATA specs are backwards compatible; you can plug a SATA 6Gbps cable into a SATA 3Gbps port and just get SATA 3Gbps speeds, so that is not the reason companies are producing harddrives with the 6Gbps interface. Mostly I think it is a marketing/selling point, which the educated don't fall for.


That's the first theory I've heard that makes any sense.

Can we get some input from somebody in the hd industry?
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March 16, 2011 2:10:53 PM

You can fish reviews of SATA 6GB/s hdd and ssds
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