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Old April 23, 2013, 05:38 PM
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I'm considering picking up a Sata III expansion card for my X58 EVGA (first gen so no native Sata III or USB3 ) but the information I'm seeing during my google searches is a bit wishy washy WRT a definitive answer on being able to boot from an SSD connected to it.

Is the answer so obviously "YES!!! " that nobody else in the world felt the need to verify it?

If the answer is yes, then anybody have a suggestion on a decently priced one? I don't need raid capabilities and suspect 2 ports would be more than enough.
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Old April 23, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Unless you're willing to shell out $100+ for a card, all the cheap cards you see use marvel chipsets and perform much worse than ICH10R ports.
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Old April 23, 2013, 05:52 PM
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That kinda bites.... and now I'm wishing I'd bought one of those new(er) gen 1366 motherboards when they were still around..... not gonna spend $400+ on one now......

edit.... I suppose though that a $100 card would be less expensive than a new motherboard and that I'd then end up with a raid card for a future build if I wanted it.
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The x58 boards that have sata3 also use a marvel chipset and those blow as well unfortunately :( i tried using them on my sabertooth and it was slower than the Intel ports.
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Even on the expensive daughter cards...they still are 'meh' at best. Best advice I can give...dont do it. Get a good ssd...and use it in compatibility mode on the ICHR...then when you upgrade you will get a nice little boost in performance....AND its a great excuse to get new kit (say after H lands...and the older kit is hella good..at hella good prices as peeps dump their 1155 and chase the next best thing). :)

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Yeah, as per your advice I'll probably just stick with sata II ports then... now to go shopping for a 240G :)
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I'm in the same boat as you Steve, I wanted to upgrade to get SATA3 / USB3 but I am just waiting until I get a whole new board/cpu combo.
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