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Thinking SSD in new laptop, not sure if mobo will support?

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Hey folks.

Got my desktop that I run normally, but I picked up a nice little Asus laptop for browsing the net/old school gaming and such while at work and traveling. It's an Asus u46e, with the new 2nd gen i5 and 8 gigs of ram, not to shabby of a laptop.

However, I've noticed that boot times and overall performance seems to be slow due to the HDD. My guess is it's a 5400. Anyway, I was looking into getting an SSD, not something I'm too familiar with. I have one in my desktop that I use to use for my OS, but not anymore and haven't researched them in awhile.

So, I was thinking of picking up a Plextor 128 GB (see link) that can read up to 400 MB/s, but I don't know if my motherboard can support that (sata 3 required?). Anyone have ideas or suggestions? Would I even notice the difference between a cheaper SSD maybe 200/250 vs 400? Thanks for your input, appreciated. -Jeff

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820249010
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Why wouldn't it be supported? Not to mention, even if the motherboard didn't support SATA3. SATA is backwards compatible. So the drive would just run like any other SATA2 drive.
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Why wouldn't it be supported? Not to mention, even if the motherboard didn't support SATA3. SATA is backwards compatible. So the drive would just run like any other SATA2 drive.
Sweet. I guess my question is, do a lot of the newer SSD require Sata 3 to get 400 MB/s speeds? I'd hate to spend money on a drive, only to get it in my laptop and it reads 200 because my mobo doesn't support Sata 3 is what I'm saying I guess.

Sadly, HDD's are my weakest link when it comes to hardware.
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Don't worry. We can't know everything. Our brains aren't the perfect supercomputers, especially since our built in hard drives can't be switched out and hold much more than they're supposed to.

Anyways, it should be fine. All (or at least most) hard drives and SSDs with SATA 3 are backwards compatible with SATA 2.
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Awesome. Thanks everyone.

Does anyone know if I'd really notice a different from sya 220 to400 on a laptop? MILD gaming, and pretty much just internet browsing and to reduce boot times.
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