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So yeah, Im sitting on a 5 year old rig, and I was thinking about upgrading a SSD as my main drive. I would like either a 500GB or a TB SSD from Samsung. What Im not sure of is if my old Asus Rampage III Extreme will work with one?


Thanks for the help.
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Yeah, the only difference is the way the data is stored and accessed. It's still a SATA drive.

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So I would just connect it to my mobo with a SATA III cable? Sorry for the nubness, it's been a while. biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 11

You'd have to use the crappy Marvell 9128 SATA III controller, but yeah. It's possible that you might get slightly superior performance out of the Intel-controlled SATA II ports though.

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post #5 of 11

Yep, just connect it to the motherboard with a SATA cable (really all SATA cables are SATA 3 compatible) to the native SATA controller.

 

According to the specifications on your motherboard located here, you have the native Intel SATA controller and two third-party SATA controllers by JMicron and Marvell. Ignore the third-party controllers. The Marvell controller may be SATA 3 and the Intel controller may be only the slower SATA 2 but the Intel SATA 2 controllers will provide more consistent performance than the third-party Marvell SATA 3 controller.


Edited by trparky - 5/21/15 at 9:22am
post #6 of 11
Don't expect blazing fast performance but it will still be much better then using a mechanical drive
 
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If you ask me and I'm certainly not the authority on this but here goes.

 

Most SSDs regardless of who makes it or what model it is will have a 4K Random Read Speed Benchmark of at least 30 MB/s. 4K Random is the number that most closely mirrors that of every day storage device usage. That is, grabbing little seemingly random chunks of data from all over the drive such as when you boot Windows or load programs. Compare that to a hard drive, a 2TB Western Digital Black Edition which is usually one of the best performing hard drives on the market, its 4K Random numbers is a measly .50 MB/s (yes, you read right, half a megabyte per second!).

 

Now you can see how upgrading to an SSD can and will make your machine take off like a rocket.

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A lot of useful info covered here, thanks for the help fellas.
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Don't expect blazing fast performance but it will still be much better then using a mechanical drive

Well, the main reason I would do this is to load windows10 on it, obviously want a faster boot and to load my most played games, such as GTA V. I'm tired of the long load times. I would hope this would somewhat help/resolve that.
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What's the difference between these two besides the price?

I'm currently eye-ballin' this one at $350 for a 1TB:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OBRFFAS/ref=psdc_1292116011_t3_B00E3W16OU

Then I see this one for almost $500???

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-SATA-Internal-MZ-7TE1T0BW/dp/B00E3W16OU
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What's the difference between these two besides the price?

I'm currently eye-ballin' this one at $350 for a 1TB:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OBRFFAS/ref=psdc_1292116011_t3_B00E3W16OU

Then I see this one for almost $500???

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-SATA-Internal-MZ-7TE1T0BW/dp/B00E3W16OU

This one (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OBRFFAS/ref=psdc_1292116011_t3_B00E3W16OU) is the Samsung 850 EVO and this one (http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-SATA-Internal-MZ-7TE1T0BW/dp/B00E3W16OU) is the older Samsung 840 EVO. The 840 EVO is the older version of the newer 850 EVO and because Samsung isn't making the 840 EVO anymore there's limited supplies of it thus they can jack the price up to whatever they want.

 

Trust me, you want this one (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OBRFFAS/ref=psdc_1292116011_t3_B00E3W16OU), the Samsung 850 EVO, not the older 840 EVO.

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