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IIRC its the same. But when its SATA 6 cable, then you have SATA III speeds. I think thats the new way so that confusion is avoided smile.gif Unless the cable specifically has 6.0Gbps on the cable then i believe they are the same smile.gif
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THEY = SAME!

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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Same! Thank god Monster doesn't market SATA cables..
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No. There was actually a news thread posted (think it was in the hardware news?) this last week about a hardware site that tested this out.
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i know what would be worst than that, audioquest! Have those as a sata cable, $600 sata cable anyone?
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Ok just wondering since I have some labbeled as sata3 or 6GB/s
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No difference. Even SATA 150 cables are fine, the actual cable has never changed. In fact, in many cases, a lot of older SATA cables were better made and are therefore a better choice.
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