I'd like to to replace my Windows 7 boot partition HD with a SSD to my XPS 435MT. I believe the XPS 435MT maximally supports SATA-2 natively.
Other than the SSD and cabling, what do I need to upgrade the XPS to support SATA-3's speed of 6Gb/s? Is it even possible?
The XPS 435MT SATA interface is limited to 3 GB/sec by its hardware, but it will still accept drives that are capable of 6 GB/sec. The higher, 6 GB/sec, interface speed requires the Sandy Bridge architecture that became available with the XPS 8300.
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Thank you kindly.
You're very welcome. Best of luck to you.
What if he simply adds an additional card such as StarTech 2 Port SATA 3 PCI Express Controller Card
this should in theory all him to use the faster speed. What are your thoughts?
I was going to perform a fresh install from DVD; others may have a faster approach
I did pretty much that. I added an LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240-4i card because it supports RAID10 and installed 4 OCZ Vertex 3 120GB drives. Benchmarking, I went from ~100MB/s to ~850MB/s.