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People on OCN have said that the 6gb/s are just flibby flab marketing.

So if i didnt care about the 2 seconds i would save opening firefox or the 10 seconds starting windows does it matter?
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You wouldn't save any time doing anything or notice any difference whatsoever, even if your mechanical drive supported SATA 6 Gbps.
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Hmmm, So why is it called 6gbps?
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Link speed between the motherboard and interface of the disk operates at 3 or 6 Gbps but the mechanical limitation of pulling data off of the drive resides around 640-960 mbps. If you had something like an SSD that could actually pull data faster than ~275 MB/sec you would see sequential performance increase by going to a 6 Gbps bus.
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Originally Posted by 5starGeneral Alphasnake;12629239 
Hmmm, So why is it called 6gbps?

Because it IS a marketing gimmick...

Also...
What Beers Said.
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you would notice on a ssd ... per say sata 3Gbps ssd will give you read/write about 280MB/s and sata 6Gbps will give you roguhly 550MB/s. When it comes to a mechanical drive you wont see any (notable) difference between sata3Gbps or sata6Gbps

dont know if access times are lower/higher

p.s.: as a comment, SATA6Gbps isnt just marketing... its technology going forward, although mechanical drives dont prosper from it, ssd's do

short answer: sata3Gbps drive should work in a sata 6Gbps port
Edited by liskawc - 3/6/11 at 2:06am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 5starGeneral Alphasnake;12629224 
People on OCN have said that the 6gb/s are just flibby flab marketing.

So if i didnt care about the 2 seconds i would save opening firefox or the 10 seconds starting windows does it matter?

You can use SATA-1 (1.5Gbps) on a SATA-3 port, and don't be fooled into buying a SATA-3 cable.

6Gbps isn't a marketing gimmick. 6Gbps for hard drives is a marketing gimmick.
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People on OCN have said that the 6gb/s are just flibby flab marketing.
It's as it always is.

Some people understand the technology and some don't.

There's plenty of truthful information/explanations out there if someone really cared about the explanation. smile.gif
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