12-14-2014 04:21 AM
Does anyone have any experience with adding an SSD to a p6610f?
I belive the SATA controller is SATA II 3Gbps, so I'm wondering if I should be buying a low end SATA III 6Gbps on the basis that the controller will limit it any way, or if I should spend the money on a high end SSD?
Should I install a SATA III 6Gbps card just for the SSD (I've got a video card and USB 3.0 card installed already - so only 1 slot free).
Also curious about the mPCIe (PCIe mini slot) and if it would support an mSATA SSD?
What do people use this for?
Also looking for some advice on how to do the install. I gather it's simplest to clone the old drive (but the SSD will be smaller), but that doing a re-install of Windows might result in a faster system (I presume I can use the recovery disks). Interested in other peoples experience.
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12-14-2014 06:58 AM - edited 12-14-2014 06:59 AM
The mini-pcie x1 slot is for a wireless card only. Yes, the computer uses a SATA-II interface so my best advice is not to spend the money on a Pro model SSD. You will get all the performance the computer is capable of giving by installing a consumer grade SATA-III SSD like a Samsung 840 Evo. SATA-II vs SATA-III does not limit performance in the stuff that counts; boot time and general responsiveness. It only limits peak transfer speed, which is rarely attained anyway. I usually clone my drives to an SSD but yes you will get better performance with a clean install. With a desktop you have the luxury of multiple drives so you can just add an SSD. You have several available spaces you could tuck away a 2.5 inch SSD.
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09-09-2016 07:04 AM
My p6610f has been working well with a 120GB SATA-III SSD as the boot drive and the original HDD as the data drive.
Unfortunately the 120GB is filling up (despite myDocuments being on the data drive).
Recently I've seen prices on PCIe SSDs drop dramatically.
Unfortunately, I don't understand all the PCIe spec stuff they quote like 3x the speed of a SATA-III.
Will I gain any benefit from one of these?