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Are On-Board SATA 6Gbps Ports Fast Enough?

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Magnetar 30th October 2010, 07:18 Quote
Has no one noticed that the only drive used to test the SATA III interface is one of if not the fastest SSD availlable (at least on sequential read/write.) Conventional HDDs, and even those rated for 6Gbs, will not even approach the performance seen here. Given that SATA I speed is spec'd at a max of 150GBs, and SATA II would be 300GBs, thus SATA III 600GBs max. The "best" current SSD gives us at best 362GBs, and in many cases less, well into SATA II territory. Before we can deem SATA III worthwhile, we need more tests with other drives, including the supposed 6Gbs HDDs. HDD storage has not yet made SATA II obsolete, and SSDs are just starting to leave it behind.
Siwini 30th October 2010, 09:34 Quote
So let’s see if I guessed this right... You buy a good decent mother board lets say GIGABYTE, spend $200~$500. Than aftermarket On-Board SATA 6Gbs card is still required it if you want to glide through your SSD with amazing speed? I know that SATA cards are cheap, but that’s not the point. Spend $$$ on mother board $$$ on sound card, $$$ on SATA Card and it will leave u just a sad customer, cus your wasted s*** load of money on something that company should have provided and included in the first place. Especially if your buying one of their expensive top notch boards.
Holt 31st October 2010, 05:11 Quote
The JMB362 has only SATA 3Gbps and is connected with one PCIe x1 Rev. 1.0 Lanes (Limit: 2.5Gbps), how can it read 307MByte/s on a X58-UD7?
Beside, die JMB362 on that board powers the eSATA Ports, while the internal SATA 6Gbps connectors are powered by 88SE9128.
Wingtale 16th November 2010, 21:04 Quote
Sometimes I don't see all the fuss.
You must be really paranoid to care if your game level loads 2 seconds faster
Ciber 28th November 2010, 16:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by speedalini
Looks like the High Point Rocket would be a good way of adding SATA III capability to my Gigabyte EX58-UD5 board. How would this compare to the USB 3.0 equiped Asus U3S6 card?

Yes, why was the Asus SATA 3 card not reviewed? Or any other SATA 3 add in cards?

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Originally Posted by Terru
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Originally Posted by Senilex
Out of interest, how long does the Rocket card take to initialize from a cold boot?
+1

If a RAID card spends 10 extra seconds at boot, it is going to be a whole lot more frustrating to most potential users, just imagine!

"Hey, come watch how fast my new SSD is!"
"Why does it take so long to boot to windows?"
"You have to wait a bit more to see how fast it is...."

++1

Very important point. I don't want a PCIe based controller with my SSD if it makes my PC slow to boot. As it is it takes ~30 sec until windows 7 starts booting, then ~20 sec for windows to load. Add 10 sec for the add in card to boot and I've lost the benefit an SSD gives to boot speed!
Simmo 4th December 2010, 20:02 Quote
Great review guys! Just what I was looking for. One question, does anyone know if the Highpoint Rocket 620 is supported by VMware ESXi 4.1 or XenServer 5.6?
Magnetar 6th January 2011, 07:19 Quote
The word on the street is that the Marvell 9128 controller will NOT pass the TRIM command. Apparently, Marvell with not say whether TRIM is passed by their controller, questions to them are passed off by suggesting you ask the mother board manufacture. They don't know either, or won't say. Given that this controller supports RAID and no other RAID controllers claim to pass TRIM, I'd say the answer is obvious. IMO, no TRIM means no good for SSDs. Would the Bit-Tech blokes have any insight into this?
lobster_johnson 29th January 2011, 05:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ciber
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Originally Posted by Terru
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Originally Posted by Senilex
Out of interest, how long does the Rocket card take to initialize from a cold boot? +1

If a RAID card spends 10 extra seconds at boot, it is going to be a whole lot more frustrating to most potential users, just imagine!

"Hey, come watch how fast my new SSD is!"
"Why does it take so long to boot to windows?"
"You have to wait a bit more to see how fast it is...."


++1

Very important point. I don't want a PCIe based controller with my SSD if it makes my PC slow to boot. As it is it takes ~30 sec until windows 7 starts booting, then ~20 sec for windows to load. Add 10 sec for the add in card to boot and I've lost the benefit an SSD gives to boot speed!

^ Sorry, quote wasn't working correctly. Had to paste it in.

I am currently using a HighPoint RocketRaid 622 (eSATA instead of internal) with an external RAID enclosure. The boot time is affected as the card has to search for devices. Mine takes about 15 seconds to do that and then moves on.
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