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I have an AMD 955 Phenom BE overclocked, everything on the system is SATA II.

Bought a SATA III SSD and figured the SATA II system I am running is bottlenecking my new SSD so I bought a PCIE Controller Card that has 2 SATA III ports on it, hoping to get in on that PCIE bandwidth.

When I download a large file thru the SATA II MOBO, the speed jumps up fast to it's max whereas when the SSD is plugged into the controller card, it slowly crawls up to it's max speed. It finally gets there, to the large bandwidth but takes much longer. Is there anything I am doing wrong?? I have the latest drivers installed on the controller card.

I guess it comes down to chipset. A SATA II runs faster on a $200 MOBO than a SATA III does on a $20 controller card. Please let me know if there is anything I can do, at least I have two more ports for regular hard drives for storage.
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I discovered an option in BIOS for my PCIE. There were two, both were for PCIE and the options were either X1 Mode or X8 Mode. Does anyone know what this means and what it would mean to change them? They are currently at X1 Mode.

I assume it increases the lanes of info from 1 to 8 but I know nothing. Would adjusting this help my PCIE controller cards operate faster??
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Do you have a board with 2x PCI-E slots? Meaning could you SLI/Crossfire if you wanted too? x8 is usually the limitation imposed on older AMD boards while running a dual video card setup. x1 is actually it's on slot. Like literally a small connector that other types of add-on cards fit into. I suppose the option is there to allow you to use the PCI-E slot as a 1x or 8x if necessary. I'm not familiar with the usage of x8 on its own though.

edit: Can you enter your system specs in the rig builder so we know what you are working with? Top right of the website above your username login. smile.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Phenom II 980 @ 3.9ghz ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Twin Frozr @ 850mhz EVGA GT 620 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
8GB OCZ DDR2 1066 Crucial M500 480GB 2x Western Digital 640GB Sony Optiarc AD-7241S-0B 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Xigmatek Dark Knight - push/pull w/ tape mod Windows 7 Pro x64 AOC i2353 23.5" Element ELEFW408 40" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sentey Cobalt Pro Corsair 750TX Cooler Master Centurion Razer Mamba (3.5G) 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
SteelSeries QCK Mini Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer Steelseries Siberia V2 Logitech X540 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 4720HQ P65_P67SG Nvidia GTX 980M 16GB DDR3 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX100 512GB 500GB HDD Windows 7 x64 Home AOC Q3277FQE 
KeyboardMouseMouse PadAudio
Sentey Cobalt Pro Mionix Naos 7000 Steelseries QK Mini Steelseries Arctis 3 
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