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What SSD would you recommend for primary boot/app drive if you're still SATA 3gb/s? I'm thinking around 250GB plus in terms of space.

So I built my rig 3 years ago now with a lot of help from this forum and now I need some help again. In my current setup my 80GB Intel X-25M is my primary boot drive/main apps and I run less used apps off of my Cav Black. But my Cav Black is has now developed a bad sector on HD Tune. Now my Asus P7P55D-E Pro Mobo does have SATA 6gb/s but it's off a Marvell controller that I've been reading bad things about so I'm guessing I should probably just stick to the SATA 3gb/s.
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Look at some benchmark for 6Gb/s SSDs. Then buy a Samsung Pro or EVO
I'm not aware of any SSDs that will tax a 3GB/s buss.
3GB/s and 6Gb/s are buss speeds and have nothing to do with how a drive will perform (so long as it doesn't saturate the buss).
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I thought they did saturate 3GB/s?
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I thought they did saturate 3GB/s?

Only sequentials. My 840s, for instance run at about half the speed on my SATA II laptop as they do on my desktop, but they're so slow at writing that those are all the same. Really, get something with a good price and you'll be fine. Crucial M500s go on sale fairly frequently, and SanDisk Extreme IIs have similar internals for low prices. Toshiba Q series 256GB drives MSRP for $150, but both Amazon and Newegg seem to out of stock right now. You can break the SATA speed limit with an 840 EVO and the RAPID cache software, but you won't actually notice a different, as many users have reported.
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You are correct that you would be better off not booting from the Marvell SATA ports.

Even though you would be booting off a SATA II (3Gbps) port, the SATA III (6Gbps) SSDs will still give you better and more reliable performance than the older SATA II SSDs simply because they are newer designs that work better. Plus, you can always take the SSD with you when you upgrade to a better machine someday.
     
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by letsrahk View Post

I thought they did saturate 3GB/s?

Yes, a SATA 6Gb/s SSD would saturate a SATA 3Gb/s interface in some cases. But the SATA link speed is negotiated between the SATA drive and the SATA controller on a mother board.

A SATA 6Gb/s SSD will actually "downshift" to 3Gb/s when it is informed by the SATA controller that it can only provide a 3Gb/s link speed. SSDs maintain the link speed information in a standardized metadata field called, "Coded Value Indicating Current Negotiated Serial ATA Signal Speed". A SMART data attribute keeps track of this too, called "SATA Downshift Count".

So get a SATA 6Gb/s SSD, which could be used on a SATA 1.5Gb/s controller just fine.
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