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mSATA specs on XPS 8500

Does anyone know whether the mSATA connector specs on the SPS 8500 motherboard are SATA II or SATA III?  I'm going to use a SSD as the boot drive for my XPS 8500 and am trying to determine whether to put a SSD on the motherboard's mSATA connector or to use the motherboard's only SATA III connector/port for a SSD (which now has the factory Seagate hard drive on it) and move the Seagate to one of the available SATA II ports.  Any recommendations?  Does it make a difference where the Seagate HD is connected (SATA II or SATA III)? 

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DoctorDED

 

 

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'As far as I know' an mSATA or a regular SSD will have similar performance. Using the mSATA socket frees your SATA III port for other uses, but note that you will need a pair of M2 screws to fasten the mSATA device. (You can get these on eBay.)

An mSATA SSD is more compact and will not take up a drive bay, nor will it require a SATA cable and power connection.

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I suggest connecting the Seagate to a SATA II port.

AFAIK the mSATA is SATA III. I have a Plextor 128gb installed in mine.

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Thank you for your response.  However, I still don't understand which approach is preferable---install a mSATA SSD on the motherboard mSATA connector, OR install a SSD using the SATA III connector and move the Seagate HD to a SATA II port/connector?  Which of these will yield the best result, or will they be equivalent in performance?  Finally, what does the "AFAIK" reference mean from your reply? Thank you,

DoctorDED

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'As far as I know' an mSATA or a regular SSD will have similar performance. Using the mSATA socket frees your SATA III port for other uses, but note that you will need a pair of M2 screws to fasten the mSATA device. (You can get these on eBay.)

An mSATA SSD is more compact and will not take up a drive bay, nor will it require a SATA cable and power connection.

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