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SATA 3 SSD faster than SATA 2, for SATA 2 controller?

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I'm trying to choose an overall fastest SSD for my SATA 2 controller, namely the ICH10R X58 on my Rampage II Gene. I'm not interested in a 3rd party card to upgrade to SATA 3, not yet, I'll wait until I upgrade the board and get SATA 3 built into the chipset.

I'm wondering if native SATA 2 drives, such as the Corsair F120 or OCZ Vertex 2 would give me the best performance, or if a SATA 3 drive such as the Crucial C300 or OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS would benefit, despite the fact they are a SATA 3 drive.

I'm also trying to choose between a SandForce -vs- Marvell controller drive, after I read about SandForce struggling with the "incompressible data" benchmark I read about on a few web-sites. Lot of drives to choose from out there.

Thanks.
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Best drive for the SATA II was the vertex 2e. Even now in RAID0 it's faster than the C300 on a SATAIII controller.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/198?vs=152 I know that's the 100Gb drive but i'm pretty sure it'll be the same for the 50gb counterpart.

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I'm looking for a drive at least 120GB's in size, probably 160GB or 180GB. I'm looking at the OCZ Vertex 2 180GB & Corsair F180, although I think they're probably the same drive under the case. I'm wondering if an OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB is of any advantage over a Corsair F180, on my SATA 2 controller. I'll try out some combinations on that Benchmark Comparison tool you pointed to. Thanks.
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I would have a look at the cost and maybe get two 100gb ones and use RAID0 for pure brutal performance.

You'll need to run maintenance on them though if you do that. Not often, like one a fortnight or something.

Takes 2 minutes as well.

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