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September 12, 2012 4:40:33 AM

I'm looking to buy a hard drive for my new low budget cpu build.

The two I am choosing from are both Seagate with the same specs except one is 3gbs and the other is 6gbs. What does this rate refer to and how big of a difference is this in terms of performance? :) 

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September 12, 2012 4:50:41 AM

That refers to the maximum theoretical bandwidth per way between the hard drive and the SATA controller on the chipset. It doesn't really matter for hard drives, but the 6Gb/s model might have something such as better cache or slightly more optimized platters and have higher performance as a result of that insteda of the faster SATA interface. Even the fastest hard drive can't fill SATA 3Gb/s speeds in continuous throughput, so like I said, the SATA version is less important than the other differences that it tends to be included with.

It can help the SRAM cache performance, but that's probably not be a big difference in average system performance at all.
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September 12, 2012 5:21:30 AM

Thanks for your answer!
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September 12, 2012 5:23:13 AM

Best answer selected by ctomster.
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September 12, 2012 12:10:43 PM

Glad to help.
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