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I am about to buy the new Gigabyte X58A-OC which has Sata 3 connectors on the Controller.

I am wondering if I am gonna see better speeds with the SSD hooked up to the SATA 3 port than with the ICH10 Intel Port?

Of course I would have to use an adapter to connect the SSD to the SATA 3 Port but would that theoratically work?
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If it's a sata 2 ssd then no you wont see any performance increase by using a sata 3 port.
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The SSD will work fine whether it's plugged in the SATA 2 or 3 port.

It will not increase it's performance as the chip in the SSD can't support the SATA 3 bandwith increase.
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We'll see some more SATA III SSDs in the future, but they need to get a new SATA standard or go PCIe due to saturation of reaching the theoretical speed limit of the standard.
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It won't affect your speeds if it's a SATA 3Gbps drive. For a 6Gbps drive you'll want it on the appropriate header. If it's a boot drive you'll also want it to be on port 0 or 1 (whichever is first)
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We'll see some more SATA III SSDs in the future, but they need to get a new SATA standard or go PCIe due to saturation of reaching the theoretical speed limit of the standard.
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It won't affect your speeds if it's a SATA 3Gbps drive. For a 6Gbps drive you'll want it on the appropriate header. If it's a boot drive you'll also want it to be on port 0 or 1 (whichever is first)
Of course my SSD is the bootdrive and I have always had it plugged into Port 0 on my Intel ICH10 Controller-
I was just wondering if I could get better speeds with it.

So my SSD will remain on the ICH10 controller...but I am still hoping to see better speeds on the new GA X58A-OC than on my old UD5 because it has a revisioned and higher quality SATA controller...not Marvel at least^^

Will I need an adapter if I wanted to plug a normal Harddrive into the SATA 3 Port?
And a normal HDD also will probably not see any improvement by being hooked up to the SATA 3 port right?

I just need to keep everything away from the Intel ICH10 ports because my SSD is on it ...that is why I wanna jam everything else on the other controller so the SSD can have 100%.
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Will I need an adapter if I wanted to plug a normal Harddrive into the SATA 3 Port?
And a normal HDD also will probably not see any improvement by being hooked up to the SATA 3 port right?

I just need to keep everything away from the Intel ICH10 ports because my SSD is on it ...that is why I wanna jam everything else on the other controller so the SSD can have 100%.
You are over-thinking this. Don't worry about putting other drives on the ICH10. Using the SATA3 ports will just shift the communication burden of the attached devices to PCIE, which then communicate to the X58 chipset; the ICH10 also communicates with the X58, so I really doubt you are going to see any kind of performance gain.

If anything, leaving the SATA3 ports unoccupied and disabling the SATA3 controller in the BIOS may give you a tiny performance advantage. Either way the differences in performance are going to be insignificant, although that is just an educated guess. Feel free to test if you like and post results.

SATA3 is backwards compatible with SATA2, so you can just plug a SATA2 device into the ports. You can even use a SATA2 cable. They won't have any advantage whatsoever over using the devices in the ICH10 SATA2 ports.
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Can't wait to buy a SSD when its on sale, especially those using new NAND flash memory and better controllers like Intel, Marvell, and Sandforce. Looks like 120/128 GB is the new entry level model. Wait until Newegg has a special sale on SSDs. Corsair Force Series 3 SSDs are promising, especially the 120GB at $219 (should be $199).
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I experienced that if for example you have the hard drives on the Gigabyte Controller and the SSD on the ICH10 at shut down or boot the harddrives always take longer and make the "tsst" sound before windows is able to boot.

I think this delay is caused by the communication between ICH10 Intel and Gigabyte Controller.

And when I plugged all HDD´s + SSD on the ICH10 boot and shut down was much faster because it was all on one controller.

I hope this will not be the case with SATA 3 ...and the fact that I can plug everything on the SATA 3 ports without any adapters is even better

The GA X58A-OC has only 8 ports including the SATA 3 ones.

I have 2xHDD´s Caviar Black 1TB
1x Corsair F40 SSD
1xBlue Ray
1x Burner
1xDVD ROM

The OC has 6xSATA 2 Ports on the Intel Controller ICH10 (Marvel)
2xSATA 3 Ports on the Gigabyte Controller (JMB32 Micron)

How should I plug all those components in to have the best performance?
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