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Should I get a controller card for my mobo?

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What I'm after is if it'd be worth it for me to spend $25 on a controller card to get up to the SATAIII speed or simply not worry with it at all and accept the SATAII speeds.

I have the Asus M4A88T-V EVO USB3 Series that only has SATAII. When I bought it, I had already owned a main gaming rig, and two high end laptops so I really didn't want to invest too much in it however a year later I find myself at this home more than my other (the reason I have two gaming rigs) so I went ahead and bought a new SSD with SATA III. Prior to this I was running 2TB 7200RPM. What I'm worried about is if I get a $25 controller card, I wont see the same speed as if a motherboard already had SATAIII implemented into it but also am not willing to spend $120 on a new mobo for a PC that will collect dust 8months out of the year.
Edited by Firael - 1/10/12 at 3:55pm
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What I'm after is if it'd be worth it for me to spend $25 on a controller card to get up to the SATAIII speed or simply not worry with it at all and accept the SATAII speeds.

I have the Asus M4A88T-V EVO USB3 Series that only has SATAII. When I bought it, I had already owned a main gaming rig, and two high end laptops so I really didn't want to invest too much in it however a year later I find myself at this home more than my other (the reason I have two gaming rigs) so I went ahead and bought a new SSD with SATA III. Prior to this I was running 2TB 7200RPM. What I'm worried about is if I get a $25 controller card, I wont see the same speed as if a motherboard already had SATAIII implemented into it but also am not willing to spend $120 on a new mobo for a PC that will collect dust 8months out of the year.
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^ about sums up this thread...
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I say save your money. Plugging in a SATA3 SSD into a SATA2 port is not all that bad since SSD's are blazzing fast versus a mechanical drive and I know plenty of happy ppl that run a SATA3 SSD on a SATA2 board. Hell I'm running a SSD on my board which is going on 5 years old which does not support AHCI and could not be happier.

I don't know how well a SATA3 controller card would work and those cheap ones do not support TRIM. The controller card I think would add more latency to your system but cannot say for sure..
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