Zippy42
2 Iron

Re: Dimension 9150 - Adding a Solid State Drive

Thank you for your guidance. I do appreciate it is an old system but it still serves me well. I'm afraid I am still confused. As per Rajath  near the top of this thread I thought introducing a PCIe SATA III card meant that the on-board SATA controller became disabled? Could you also please clarify about this TRIM feature and whether or not it is required.

Much appreciate your help.

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rdunnill
5 Rhenium

Re: Dimension 9150 - Adding a Solid State Drive

The SATA card should not disable your onboard SATA, just supplement it. You'll realize a boost in performance from the SATA card, but it won't match the speed you'd get from a new architecture like the XPS 8500 has.

Regarding TRIM, I believe that that is handled internally by the SSD.

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Zippy42
2 Iron

Re: Dimension 9150 - Adding a Solid State Drive

Thank you again for this clarification. Just going a little off topic if I did decide to replace my desktop rather than upgrading my Dimension 9150 would the XPS 8500 that you mention be todays equivalent. I would want a tower PC that is easy to upgrade and take apart like the 9150 with plenty of space in the case and already containing an SSD. I would also want it to have Windows 7 Pro pre-installed as I can't stand WIN 8.

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speedstep
6 Thallium

Re: Dimension 9150 - Adding a Solid State Drive

Newer PCI-E video cards have HDMI audio.  If you match this with an HDMI monitor

you get Sound thru the monitor and you turn off the onboard audio in bios so the only PCI bus that does audio is the X16 slot.

You then use a Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 PCIe 2.0 x2 to SATA 6Gb/s

Apricorn Velocity Solo x1 PCIe 2.0 x1 to SATA...


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Zippy42
2 Iron

Re: Dimension 9150 - Adding a Solid State Drive

Thank you Speedstep for this information. Are you referring to any PCIe Video Card that has an HDMI output for Video or something different where the HDMI is just used for sound. The Video card I have in the x16 slot does have HDMI out but I am only using the DVI connection to my monitor. My monitor does not have built in speakers. If I understand correctly what you are suggesting is to then remove the audio card all together which will remove excess strain on the PCI Bus.

Sorry to put another spanner in the works but I also have a dedicated audio card in the PCI Express x4 slot and the onboard audio is turned off. The only reason I did this some while back was because I needed an audio facility that has a "What you hear" setting so I could record audio off of iPlayer Radio or live radio using Audacity.

Hope I have explained this clearly. Any further advice much appreciated.

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Zippy42
2 Iron

Re: Dimension 9150 - Adding a Solid State Drive

Sorry guys but I am still confused re above. Help much appreciated.

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