Originally Posted by virtualnan
Thanks for all your help guys. I am almost settled on the Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H board. It has basically all the feature I would need for this build but I have one sticking point before I hit "buy". I will mostly do only 1 drive total in the machine. At most I might do 1 SSD for the OS/main programs and 1 HDD for storage(pics, music etc). But mostly I will probably do 1 SSD only. I want the SSD to be hooked to a SATA 6.0 port. My concern is that the B75 has 1 SATA 6 port. Lets say the port dies 3 years down the road, then it would force me to plug the drive in a SATA 3 port, getting lower speed. The boards with 2 SATA 6.0 ports are about $25+ more than the B75 board. Is it worth spending more just to get a spare SATA 6.0 port incase one dies in the future? That would be the only reason I can think of to get anything above a B75 board. I really would rather not have to spend the money.
Is this pointless? When one SATA 6.0 goes, do both usually go?
I hope you know what I am talking about...
There are really 2 possible failure modes for SATA ports: the physical port connector and the chipset. Obviously if the physical connector is damaged, that usually wouldn't affect any other ports (except for boards that have bunk-bed style sideways-facing connectors; damaging the top one might render the bottom one inoperable and vice-versa). If the chipset is problematic, then both SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports would fail together usually.
To be honest both failure modes are quite rare, and certainly don't merit paying an "insurance premium" of 33% (i.e. going from a $75 board to a $100 board like the GA-H77M-D3H). Just be careful when plugging in the SATA cables and (almost) nothing can go wrong! Edited by svenge - 3/19/13 at 5:49am