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speaking of sata cables, how can i tell if im using a sata III or sata II cable? when i got this ssd, it didnt come with a cable. i had a couple extra laying around and used one of those. im not sure which version it is though. there is no writing on it.
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speaking of sata cables, how can i tell if im using a sata III or sata II cable? when i got this ssd, it didnt come with a cable. i had a couple extra laying around and used one of those. im not sure which version it is though. there is no writing on it.
They are all th same, some are just higher quality. Your fine with any. The through put should be the same.
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ok. i just wanted to make sure. you just saved me $16 because i was about to order 2 of the sata III cables off newegg.

Edit:

wait a sec. i was reading the specs for these cable and this is what is says:

sata II:
Features: With Locking Capability 3Gbit/sec Maximum transfer rate

sata III:
Features: Compliant with Serial ATA III Specifications Fast data transfer rate of up to 6 Gbit/sec

so according to that, i need sata III cables.
Edited by firestorm1 - 11/2/11 at 12:59pm
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ok. i just wanted to make sure. you just saved me $16 because i was about to order 2 of the sata III cables off newegg.

Edit:

wait a sec. i was reading the specs for these cable and this is what is says:

sata II:
Features: With Locking Capability 3Gbit/sec Maximum transfer rate

sata III:
Features: Compliant with Serial ATA III Specifications Fast data transfer rate of up to 6 Gbit/sec

so according to that, i need sata III cables.

Do what you will, but I am telling you if the cables you use are good then you will get your full speed off the cable.

From the Sata document on Revision 3.0:

"SATA Revision 3.0 was designed to facilitate a much more elegant – and cost effective – migration to higher data rates. Rather than completely redefining the spec, SATA Revision 3.0 achieves its data rate increase by faster signal switching. While this has resulted in changes to the PHY, modifications to the protocol have been kept to a minimum. In addition, SATA Revision 3.0 is backward compatible so that the same connectors and cabling used for SATA 3 Gb/s under SATA Revision 2.6 can be used for SATA 6Gb/s.

This decision not only enables end-users to retain their existing investment in cabling when moving to SATA 6Gb/s, it also enables silicon manufacturers to maintain much of their existing IP. Except for the doubling of the data rate, SATA Revision 3.0 is no more complex than SATA Revision 2.6 from an electrical perspective, and no heroics are required to implement the technology at 6Gb/s speeds."
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oh, well that explains it. thanks.
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oh, well that explains it. thanks.
No problem
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Thanks cant wait to try this out for my new build I rep'ed
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Sean, I really like your guide. very useful info. You might want to consider this alternative for disabling start-up apps. If you use C-Cleaner >>>tools>>>start-up>>>click desired app to highlight and select the option to disable/enable them. After a reboot the app no longer resides on the start menu and is easily reversed by "enable". Just a suggestion
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Sean, I really like your guide. very useful info. You might want to consider this alternative for disabling start-up apps. If you use C-Cleaner >>>tools>>>start-up>>>click desired app to highlight and select the option to disable/enable them. After a reboot the app no longer resides on the start menu and is easily reversed by "enable". Just a suggestion
Yeah, I know about that. Thanks for reminding me.

A good thing about it is that you can delete the start up key from there too! I love that lol.
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As far as the RAID thing:
Using an Intel or AMD native controller, if your controller is in RAID mode, AHCI is automatically supported in RAID mode. Both the current Intel and AMD controllers support TRIM in RAID mode (with a single SSD, not sure about an actual RAID of SSD's). All you have to do is install the drivers and they'll take care of the single SSD for TRIM.

This is nice if you have a RAID array of mechanical drives, and would still like the full benefits of your SSD, without having to resort to the dreadful Marvell controller.

The Marvell controllers, I repeat, the Marvell controllers DO NOT support TRIM even in AHCI mode. They're also nowhere NEAR the rated 6Gb/s either. And once the drivers are installed for the Marvell controllers, you'll get stuttering.
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