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sorry to bother everyone but i upgraded my motherboard to the sabertooth 990fx and it came with sata 6bgs cables im wonder if the cables are backwards compatible with sata a non 6bgs hard drive, ?
    
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SATA cables are just SATA cables.
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I just used my old cables on my x58 sabertooth...no problems.
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post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
SATA cables are just SATA cables.
QFT.

There's no difference between "SATA 6" cables and "SATA 3" cables. They're the same thing.
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oh ok, thanks guys for your help
    
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Originally Posted by alextheawesome View Post
QFT.

There's no difference between "SATA 6" cables and "SATA 3" cables. They're the same thing.
there are max transfer limits on all cables... some SATA 3 cables will run at 6GBs, but others wont.... @OP... all SATA and USB and such cables are backwards compatable
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post
there are max transfer limits on all cables... some SATA 3 cables will run at 6GBs, but others wont.... @OP
Interesting, proof?
 
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blindrage606 View Post
Interesting, proof?
i read the same thing in a build log a wile back... but also, i tried using some old SATA cables with a z68 build i was doing and some crucual M4s (just fro testing the drives).... i was stuck the 3GBs speed, so i looked it up... i will try to find the article

EDIT: found it

Quote:
Connector Options

SATA Revision 3.0 introduces two connectors to bring SATA technology to
smaller devices. In addition to reducing overall connector size, these new connectors
meet the strict design requirements specific to applications where device profile is a
primary design consideration. The new 7mm optical disk drive (ODD) connector enables designers to create slimmer and lighter consumer electronic devices such as
notebooks, netbooks, and DVD players.
The new smaller Low Insertion Force (LIF) connector provides a more compact
form factor to accommodate even shorter and thinnerprofiled 1.8inch storage devices.
The LIF connector characteristics are particularly well suited for embedded storage
applications, which can best utilize the streamlined footprints of these new LIFSATA
storage devices.
Quote:
SATA 6Gb/s Cabling
In the transition to SATA 6Gb/s, it will be important to use highquality cabling.
Problems may be related to the use of cables made from marginal materials that
perform at the edges of SATA 3Gb/s tolerances, which could become a failure point at the faster 6Gb/s signal rates. SATAIO therefore recommends that only high quality
cables and connectors be utilized for SATA 6Gb/s.
Cable manufacturers and all suppliers of SATA products are encouraged to
register their products on the SATAIO Integrators list. This list is available to the public
as a resource for determining reliable products that meet the SATA interface
specification.
pulled straight from here
http://www.serialata.org/documents/S...bs-to-6gbs.pdf
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post
there are max transfer limits on all cables... some SATA 3 cables will run at 6GBs, but others wont.... @OP... all SATA and USB and such cables are backwards compatable
He is right in his statetment, i have read the same thing more than once, if you google you will find your proof.
    
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I had a 3gb/s cable that was bundled with one of my Asus boards that would knock my c300 down to 3gb/s on a 6gb/s port. That cable worked just fine with my x25-m.

Too many people simply parrot the phrase "a sata cable is a sata cable" without doing the proper research themselves.

In theory, the cables are exactly the same. However, the quality of the materials used to build the cable can differ in the name of saving 3 cents by the builder.
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