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Well, it looks like I'm going to buy the 128 gb version of the Crucial M4. Question though, what kind of speeds can I expect with my motherboard?

Check my specs, I'm not sure if I have sata2 or sata3??????? Not quite sure what to expect. I'm seeing anything from 11 second boot times to 41, and just am curious about it.
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You have Sata 2 3Gb/s which means you'll see speeds ~ 285 Mb/s read, 175 Mb/s write max unless you grab a PCIE Sata card, still quite an upgrade over standard hard drives, but not taking advantage of those super read speeds that differentiate the newer gen of SSDs from the older ones.
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Agreed, since you have only SATA 3Gbps you won't see the full speed of the M4, but it certainly won't be slow. The most noticeable speed bump one gets from an SSD is the instantaneous access time and the IOPS - the access time isn't affected by the SATA speed and the IOPS aren't very much either. You will loose on the sequential transfers compared to what it could be on SATA6, but it will still be some 2-3x as fast as a HDD
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Well, in that case, should I get a sata III pcie card along with the M4? I'm assuming this will allow me to fully utilize the speed of the drive, or at least a larger percentage of it.
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as stated above the biggest performance hit you'll see is the sequential reads and writes. In real world usage you won't really be able to tell a difference. Unless you do a lot of work that takes advantage of the sequential speeds I personally wouldn't really worry about spending the money on a pci card. But thats just my 2cents.gif
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I wouldn't consider getting an external controller or anything like that, real world performance will be extremely negligible, my friend has an original Vertex and at least in BF3 our load times are extremely similar.
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Originally Posted by matt1898 View Post

Well, in that case, should I get a sata III pcie card along with the M4? I'm assuming this will allow me to fully utilize the speed of the drive, or at least a larger percentage of it.

Nope. That will actually introduce latency. If you want SATA 6 Gbps get a newer motherboard.
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