The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

Nov 8 2011   3:41AM GMT

To 6G or not 6G

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Are you on the fence about spending that extra bit of hard earned money on a SATA3 drive, and have only SATA 2 ports? Well based on the information below, purchasing a drive like the Vertex 3 will still net you some great results.

We tested OCZ’s Vertex 3 6Gb/s SATA drive on our test bed’s 3Gb/s SATA controller, and found that it far surpassed the Vertex 2 that was our previous champion, offering sustained-read and -write speeds around 260MB/s and 220MB/s, respectively. Even constrained by the 3Gb/s SATA interface, the Vertex 3 matched or bested the Vertex 2 in nearly every benchmark.

The performance difference on 3Gb/s SATA isn’t so great that you should upgrade to a current-gen SSD if you’re already rocking a SandForce 1200, Intel, or Samsung drive and you don’t have 6Gb/s SATA ports available. But if you’re in the market for your first SSD and still rocking a last-gen motherboard, don’t rule out 6Gb/s SATA drives. If your current mobo can’t take advantage of all that speed, your next mobo can. Or you can grab a PCI-E-to-6Gb/s SATA host bus adapter, like HighPoint’s Rocket 600 series, to get 6Gb/s SATA on your current board.

So do yourself a favor and get yourself the next generation SSD drive, because you wil upgrade you motherboard soon enough! Trust me 275 MB/sex is nothing to scoff at. I should know, i am rocking an OCZ Vertex 2 and its amazing… I couldn’t image how fast a Vertex 3 is… well i guess logistically it would be double the speed, but my system is pretty much near instant boot and instant application load times.

-NS

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