I decided to build myself a new computer and I need your advice on the hard drive that I should use as the system drive. I need the best solution in terms of data read-write speed. So here are the specs:
- *CPU* - Intel Core i7-2600K link
- *Mainboard* - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX *with mSATA drive connector port onboard* link
- *RAM* - Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B link
- *HDD* - Seagate Barracuda 2.0 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive for PC and Mac ST320005N1A1AS-RK - Retail Kit link
- *Graphics Card* - GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD6870 1GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card GV-R687OC-1GD link
- *Power Supply* - Corsair Professional Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-650HX link
- *Case* - Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW link
The 2TB classic HDD drive will be used for storage only, as I said in the beginning of the post - I need a 60GB SSD drive for the operating system.
I thought I’d buy an mSATA drive, since my chosen MB is mSATA compatible. This way I thought I’d free up one SSD bay inside the case, because the mSATA drive gets plugged directly on the mainboard, right next to the CPU socket. However, this mSATA drive features slower read/write speeds, that is, up to 280MB/s read and up to 260MB/s write, as compared to this SATA3 one (read: up to 525MB/s, write: up to 475MB/s).
What do you guys think? What are the benefits, other than the SSD bay which remains available for future use, of choosing an mSATA drive over a SATA3 one? Remember, I’m looking for the fastest read/write performance.
Please share your thoughts.