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MSI P67a-GD55 (B3) -- SATA 3 questions!

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey everyone, I'm very confused. I'll try to keep this quick, right now I'm running a MSI P67a-GD55 (B3) in my system, have been for years and it is great. However, I'm confused about the SATA ports. According to MSI this board has 6 on board SATA connections arranged in order of 1,2,3,4,5,6. Ports 1 and 2 are supposed to be SATA 3 and the rest of the ports, 3,4,5 and 6 are running SATA 2.

 

Right now I have 3 hard drives installed in my system and an optical drive. 

 

Port 1: Corsair Neutron GTX SSD

Port 2: WD Black 1TB

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Port 3: empty

Port 4: Optical drive

Port 5: empty

Port 6: WD Green 3TB

 

I plugged the SSD and the WD black into ports 1 and 2 because I wanted to leverage the speed of the SATA 3 interface, but, to my surprise if I look at CrystalDiskInfo or PCWizard it shows that the WD Green in Port 6 is also running in SATA 3 (600MB/s) mode.

 

Here is are the screenshots of the hard drives and their SATA modes all reporting SATA/600.

 

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How can this be? Does anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks for you help!

 

edit: MB/s not GB/s, dohhh

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Its probably reporting that your WD Green is a SATA 3.0 capable drive, not that is or isn't running at SATA 3.0


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Its probably reporting that your WD Green is a SATA 3.0 capable drive, not that is or isn't running at SATA 3.0

How can I check to see what it is actually running in as opposed to what it supports?

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First of it's 600 MB/s, 600GB/s would be INSAAAANE! :D

 

Its probably reporting that your WD Green is a SATA 3.0 capable drive, not that is or isn't running at SATA 3.0

I'm with this guy.

But anyway, HDD's can't utilize SATA 3.

They hardly utilize SATA 2 even.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

First of it's 600 MB/s, 600GB/s would be INSAAAANE! :D

 

I'm with this guy.

But anyway, HDD's can't utilize SATA 3.

They hardly utilize SATA 2 even.

Woops, my bad, corrected myself. They can't really leverage the speed, I guess...

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How can I check to see what it is actually running in as opposed to what it supports?

Well you just check where your HDD is plugged into?

With the help of the user's manual you can find out.

But also usually SATA 3 ports are coloured in red/blue or simply are coloured different than your other 4 ports.

If you plug in a storage device in SATA 2, it will run in SATA 2. Same for SATA 3, except HDD's can't utilize it in any way, as I mentioned before.

 

Edit: Usually everything is labeled on the MoBo itself as well.


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