I'm looking at upgrading my system OS from Vista to 7, obviously a wise move despite having no issues with Vista.
Obviously this all done best with a new hard drive to install a new OS on and obviously SSDs are the best out there.
However, if I'm not mistaken, SSDs all work best with a SATA 3 connection. I know they are backwards compatible although somewhat limited, though I'm unsure if my motherboard has any SATA 3 connections on board.
My board is the ASUS P5Q Pro as stated in the title.
I look forward to an answer from you guys, as I couldn't from Google, as this will effect whether I buy an SSD or an quick HDD with the new OS.
- 6x SATA 3Gb/s
- Intel® Matrix Storage Technology with RAID 0, 1, 5 10 support
- 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
Silicon Image Sil5723 (Drive Xpert technology)
- 2 x SATA 3Gb/s
- Supports EZ Backup and Super Speed functions
*Drive Xpert function is available only when the hard disk drives are set as data drives.
So basically I'd be best buying a new motherboard to benefit from SSDs and until then a new HDD would be better?
The biggest benefit of SSDs for OS boot time and most applications' launch time is latency. An SSD will still give you sub-1ms access time even on SATA-1 while the best conventional HDD will still be worse than 6ms even on a good day.
If you want an SSD as a boot drive, you will get the biggest benefit regardless of which SATA version you have.