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GSATA and SATA (in Gigabyte MOBO) - query

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lucknow, Dec 14, 2011.

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    lucknow Thread Starter

    Mar 7, 2010
    I realise the topic of the difference between GSATA and SATA connectors on Gigabyte MOBOs has come up before, but queries have been mainly on particular HDDs to connect to them and stuff. I have a more general query.

    What is the actual thinking behind/reason for the inclusion of the two GSATA connectors on a Gigabyte MOBO (P67A UD7) linked to a 3rd party (Marvell) chipset? Are they intended to deliver higher performance than the SATA connectors on the Intel chipset, or lower? On what basis should it be decided to connect a drive to GSATA or SATA?

    When my W7 PC was delivered it had one HDD and the DVD/CD drive (the only drives fitted at that time) connected to GSATA. I would have thought that this implied that GSATA were the most efficient connectors but searches online and in the manual etc so far haven't revealed much info. Is there an upside or downside to moving those 2 drives to the SATA connectors on the Intel chipset?

    Thanks for any comments/advice.
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