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Motherboard / HDD - 6.0 GB/s


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#1 Marth_01

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 11:15 AM

I'm slightly a noob, so quick question:

Does your motherboard and HDD both need 6.0 gb/s to get that transfer rate speed?

What does the gb/s on a motherboard mean?

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:37 PM

6.0 Gb/s is just a number that current hard drives don't come close to. It is essentially a marketing tool at this point.

This explains better than I:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 01:55 PM

Thanks for the reply and link! Very interesting.

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 02:31 PM

The answer is yes. if both the board and the drive do not support a standard it will not work according to that standard. However SATA is backwards compatable so the devices will still work but at the lowest supported speed.
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Posted 19 June 2010 - 09:23 PM

To expand on what is being said here, the SATA 6 standard is backwards compatible with slower motherboards, you can use a SATA 6 capable board but have slower drives and vice versa, but if you want to run at the maximum speed, both the hard drive and motherboard have to be capable of running at 6 gb/s speed. Drives capable of those speeds are not common at all, yet.

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