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SATA 3.0 on a motherboard that only supports SATA 2.0?

I'm running a Dell Precision T3600 and it's motherboard, according to this: https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln290703/the-hardware-specifications-for-the-precision-t3600-desktop-workstation?lang=en#Chipset , only supports SATA 2.0. The problem is that I want to add an SSD to my system, but this will terribly bottleneck it. The only solution I can think of is to add an expansion card for SATA 3.0, but I don't even know if that would work if the motherboard chipset itself wouldn't support that.

 

Anyone know what to do?

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You add the card but will not be able to boot from it unless your bios reads it first 

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SATA2 will bottleneck the SSD in sequential transfers, but it's not going to be a big difference in random IOPS. And since the latter has a bigger impact on the user experience, I wouldn't worry too much about the bottleneck. Just run it SATA2, it's still going to be a lot faster than an HDD.

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