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Hey all,

Have a question about sata3 controller cards. Are there some decent sata3 pcie cards out there that perform the same as onboard controllers? As well as a mobo that doesn't support sata3, is it feasible to install a sata3 card with similar performance?

If you guys could fill me in on some of the options I have for sata3 capability and if you can boot from the card as well.

Thanks for the help !
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well in theory a PCI-E sata card could perform better because an onboard sata 3 must go through the Southbridge then Northbridge to the CPU, through PCI-E you go just through Northbridge to CPU. though most sata card I see get bad reviews.
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Non-native SATA controllers perform worse than native ones generally. There is greater latency.


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Originally Posted by DSP1 View Post
well in theory a PCI-E sata card could perform better because an onboard sata 3 must go through the Southbridge then Northbridge to the CPU, through PCI-E you go just through Northbridge to CPU. though most sata card I see get bad reviews.
Depends.... the NB PCIe lanes are generally the large ones used for GPUs. The ICH10R also has 6 PCIe lanes.

It might end up controller->SB->NB->CPU
Edited by DuckieHo - 11/2/11 at 8:59am
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The cheapest decent SATA3 card you can buy is probably one of those SuperMicro ones which usually cost ~$120.

Beyond that, you'll have to buy expensive SATA/SAS RAID cards. Those can be many hundreds of dollars.

A fallback plan is grabbing a SATA2 Perc 5/i or 6/i off eBay... Those can be had fairly cheap, but that's no good for a SATA3 SSD.

IMO your best course of action is to buy nothing. Wait for your next system overhaul, and then be happy with the performance boost when you finally get it. For now, you've got enough speed, and there's no cheap way to get more...
     
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Thanks for the advice guys.

I think waiting and not getting anything is the best option, wait till next overhaul as Kramy said, not worth the money with no added performance. RAID cards I can understand, but just for adding a few ports, not worth it. Thanks all.
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