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Is next wave of SSD's worth the wait for sata II owners?

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I know questions about SSD's have been done to death but there's so many options and variations and combinations of motherboards, controllers, SSD's etc that I'm finding it hard to find an answer to my question. Especially with a whole new bunch of SSD's just around the corner.

I am wanting to get the crucial C300 but I am not sure wether I should wait for the C400 or some other equivalent.

I have an asus P6T deluxe which has sata II with the intel controller. As far as I can tell the only people who are really going to benifit from the next generation of SSD's is going to be people with sata III boards with intel controllers. HERE'S one review as an example.

What are peoples opinions on this. I realise the price of older models may be pushed down with new releases but that isn't really a concern for me. Its more abourt the performance. Has sata II reached its limit with current SSD's?

Edit: I forgot to mention that I dont plan on changing my motherboard anytime soon.
Edited by Jokah - 2/21/11 at 3:21pm
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No. You're capped at the maximum read speed of a typical SandForce drive. So if you're planning on getting a SATA 6.0Gb/s drive, you won't see a difference between that and a typical SandForce-1200 drive such as the Vertex 2 or the Callisto.

EDIT: However, you can buy a PCI Express card for SATA III. Those will run you around $40 for a good quality one.
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Are there any sata III PCI cards you could recommend for me. I did briefly look into this but the first one I came across was an LSI and it was about $200. I pretty much stopped looking at that point.

Now $40 is something I would definately consider.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132030

This looks to be a good one. Not a lot of people know about these kinds of cards, and they don't have a lot of reviews. But for $40, I'd take my chances.
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The reason to wait for new SSDs is not because of the sequential performance that will need SATA 6Gb/s to maximize. Sequential read and writes are not that important.

The random performance gains is what you will really benefit and those are not bottlenecked by SATA 3Gb/s yet.

Do not get a third party SATA controller for your SSD (unless a hardware controller). You are better off using the native controller.
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Thanks for the replys both of you but my impatience got the better of me and I ordered a BNIB crucial c300 128gb for £155 delivered on ebay.

You can probably get them cheaper in the states but here in the UK thats not a bad price.

The other thing is I've got a bit of spare money to burn at the mo and I cant guarantee I will have a month or two down the line so I just thought sod it. I'm getting one while I can.

Just waiting on this and a ducky keyboard and I'm well sorted (unfortunately ordered one before I saw the offer on here). Cant wait.
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