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Dell Precision Workstation T3500.

Hey All, I have a Dell Precision Workstation T3500 that I would like to add a Sata 6 specification SSD 256 GB drive to.

 

This system does support SSD Sata II up to 256 GBs but I would like to try the Sata 6 specification drives.

 

Can anyone advise if they have any experience adding a Sata 6 card to the T3500.

 

The system does have an available PCIe x16 and a PCIe x4 slots.

 

Also would I take a performance hit if I used the PCIe x4 slot, or could I use the other PCIe x16 slot.

 

Some have mentioned the PCIe x16 slots are for video cards only.

 

Thanks

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Re: Dell Precision Workstation T3500.

I'd suggest you use a controller card. You'll need to see what's available. If the card requires an x4 slot, there will not be any performance problem.

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Re: Dell Precision Workstation T3500.

The problem is that there are very limited PCIe x4 Sata 3 controller cards available, and the ones that are have very poor reviews. All the higher end PCIe Sata 3 cards, LSI, 3ware, etc, only offer PCIe x8 controller cards available, hince the question, would a PCIe x8 Sata 3 controller card work in the available PCIe x16 slot? Dell support advises it will not, but I have read where it will. When I contacted Dell support, the support person did not know what a SSD device was.

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Re: Dell Precision Workstation T3500.

Hans and OSprey,

Was this sorted out.

I have the same issue, I want to Deploy an LSI 3Ware card to support 5 x SATA Raid 5 on a T3500, but I do not want a performance hit. al lthe cards I see are all for the 8x slots.

Would the 16x slot work?

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