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#1 cbjfan2009

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:56 PM

In my new build, I'm planning to incorporate an SSD as SRT cache. I want this drive plugged into the SATA3_1 or SATA3_2 port? Does it matter? SATA2_X is slower, right?

When I plug my 500GB 7200RPM disk drives in, they should be in SATA2_1, correct? They're 3-4 years old, and I don't think they support the 6gbps system.

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#2 Nicholas Basso

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 08:29 PM

Your motherboard supports SATA3 (6Gbit/sec) connections as well as SATA2 (3Gbit/sec) connections.

The particular drive you are getting will determine the fastest it can connect. If you have a 3-4 year old 500 GB drive, it may be SATA2 or SATA1 (1.5 Gbit/sec). In either case, SATA2 should be fine for those, but SATA3 will work as well.

If you are also using an optical drive on SATA, you will want it on your slower SATA ports, as optical drives CANNOT operate fast enough to utilize SATA3 speeds, and will be a waste of your SATA3 ports.

Your SSD will indicate which SATA standard it supports. In most cases, you will want it in your SATA3 ports, but if it, too, is only SATA2 capable, it won't matter which port you have it in.

In any case, SATA, unlike IDE, doesn't care if some ports are open or used, so it doesn't matter which SATA3 or SATA2 ports you use what in, as long as they're right speed for the device you're using.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 12:50 AM

I believe there seems to be a confusion here, i think the OP is referring to the SATA ports number on the motherboard not the speed but i could be wrong.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 12:08 PM

Most mobos now adays label them SATAX_Y, where X is the revision # and Y is the port #. So Sata3_1 would be the #1 sata3 port, while SATA2_1 is the #1 sata2 port.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:55 PM

I believe so.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 10:43 AM

You need to plug it in to the sata 3 port controlled by the intel raid controller and not the one controlled by the marvell chip (usually labelled Sata M1 or M2, that is if you have those) Do not use the sata 2 ports either




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