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SSD compatibility with Rampage II extreme mobo.

post #1 of 5
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Hello kind people.

I want to buy an SSD - the vetex 3 120 gb is the thing which really looks nice.

However, it requires a SATA 6Gbps interface on the mobo.
By the looks of it, my mobo (Asus Rampage II extreme) has 6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports, 1 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go) and 1 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s port.

http://promos.asus.com/US/eblast/asu...age2_Specs.pdf

Does the 3.0 refer to the gigs the interface can manage? I ask because I often see SATA 3.0 used to mean SATA (6 gbs), so I am kind of confused. Is there SATA 3.0 which runs at 3 gbs and one which also runs at 6 gbs? If so, I don't know which one I have, since the motherboard spec only states what I have written above.

Worst case scenario is that I have SATA 3.0 running on 3 gbs throughput (if that's the right term). Does that mean that the Vertex 3 is incompatible with my board, or does it mean that the throughput will only be half of what the drive is capable of? And if so, does that make a big difference to performance? In which case, I guess I can't have my lovely SSD. That would be a shame.

Sorry for all the questions, but I am not at all tech-savy and need to be held by the proverbial hand.

Thanks for any ideas.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79) NVIDIA GeForce SLI EVGA 570 superclocked Corsair 12GB (3x2GB) XMS3 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 3 240 GB and x2 F3 Spinpoints LG Blue Ray Water cooled Windows 7 Professional X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 22" Widescreen Steelseries something or other OCZ 1250 W Caselabs STH10 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79) NVIDIA GeForce SLI EVGA 570 superclocked Corsair 12GB (3x2GB) XMS3 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 3 240 GB and x2 F3 Spinpoints LG Blue Ray Water cooled Windows 7 Professional X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 22" Widescreen Steelseries something or other OCZ 1250 W Caselabs STH10 
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post #2 of 5
SATA III = SATA 6 Gb/s
SATA II = SATA 3 Gb/s

Vertex 3 is compatible with both of them but will be bottlenecked by SATA II controller on your board. But it's no big deal because only sequential read/write speeds will be slower (transfer of large files). Random (4k - small files) speeds matter most of all and SSDs shine here.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
HI

Thanks for such a quick reply.

So 6x SATA 3 gb/s ports means all my ports are compatible with that SSD? So I could plug it in any of them?

When you say bottlenecked, is there a way of gettng a SATA III controller for the board so that doesn't happen? Sorry for being stupid.

Thanks againd
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79) NVIDIA GeForce SLI EVGA 570 superclocked Corsair 12GB (3x2GB) XMS3 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 3 240 GB and x2 F3 Spinpoints LG Blue Ray Water cooled Windows 7 Professional X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 22" Widescreen Steelseries something or other OCZ 1250 W Caselabs STH10 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79) NVIDIA GeForce SLI EVGA 570 superclocked Corsair 12GB (3x2GB) XMS3 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 3 240 GB and x2 F3 Spinpoints LG Blue Ray Water cooled Windows 7 Professional X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 22" Widescreen Steelseries something or other OCZ 1250 W Caselabs STH10 
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post #4 of 5
Yes, you can use any of the 6 but it's recommended to use ports 1 and 2 (or 0 and 1 respectively as it may be in your mobo manual). I personally have my SSD on Port 1, HDD on port 2 and DVD drive on port 6. Yes, you can use another SATA controller but I wouldn't recommend it. Most of them don't support TRIM, which is a feature that keeps the performance of a SSD up. Plus, the real life difference in performance won't be noticeable - so it would be a waste of money and PCI slots to be honest. Just use Intel SATA 3 Gb/s ports and enjoy!
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much. Props to you.
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79) NVIDIA GeForce SLI EVGA 570 superclocked Corsair 12GB (3x2GB) XMS3 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 3 240 GB and x2 F3 Spinpoints LG Blue Ray Water cooled Windows 7 Professional X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 22" Widescreen Steelseries something or other OCZ 1250 W Caselabs STH10 
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My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K Asus Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79) NVIDIA GeForce SLI EVGA 570 superclocked Corsair 12GB (3x2GB) XMS3 1600MHz CAS 9 (DDR3) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 3 240 GB and x2 F3 Spinpoints LG Blue Ray Water cooled Windows 7 Professional X64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 22" Widescreen Steelseries something or other OCZ 1250 W Caselabs STH10 
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