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Old 03-11-2018, 04:03 PM   #1
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Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

I'm thinking about picking up this drive but am wondering if it's worth it due to my motherboard not supporting SATA III...I am still using the Asus P6X58D Premium...I'm assuming it should be backwards compatible and I'll be restricted to SATA 1 speeds so is it worth it?
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:58 PM   #2
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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

I just picked up an 860 EVO 500GB which I'm running on a SATA II port next to an 850 EVO. ATTO scores show its slightly faster on writes than the the 850 but that may be because its currently empty. Both the 850 and 860 are SATA III 6Gb/s drives but mine are limited to 3Gb/s in my rig.

I found no difference in prices here so just went with the 860.
if it makes any difference to you, be aware that Samsung Magician doesnt currently support the 860.

BTW, I'm getting much lower transfer rates under SATA II than the peak rates the drives are capable of with SATA III, of course. They rarely reach more than about 280 MB/s, but a lot faster than my old HDD's.
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:15 PM   #3
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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

Good to see you polonyc2! I agree with Zap, it will still be faster than any other HD....the software will be updated I'm sure in the near future, its really only needed for firmware updates!
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:30 PM   #4
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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

Might be worth picking up a pcie sata add in board.
They probably will support sata ii or sata iii.

Your bios might have an option to deal with the interupt (I forget the number)
to allow you to boot from the attached drive.

Just searched amazon. You can pick up a cheap one for 13.97$

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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

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Might be worth picking up a pcie sata add in board.
They probably will support sata ii or sata iii.

Your bios might have an option to deal with the interupt (I forget the number)
to allow you to boot from the attached drive.

Just searched amazon. You can pick up a cheap one for 13.97$

Two port sata 6 sticks into pcie 2.0
I've added 2 (two) 6Gb/s expansion PCIe cards to my rig to provide 4 external USB 3 ports already. I've also got a single internal SATA III port on one of them which I use for a Western Digital Caviar Black 6Gb/s 1TB drive (data drive). Actually I probably don't need SATA III on that drive because f the nature of the data but, that's how I've done it.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:58 PM   #6
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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

POLONYC2,

I'm a bit confused as the ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard you mentioned does support SATA III
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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

As to what I use USB 3 for; I've got a high speed Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi adapter (to match my router), a high speed flatbed scanner, a drive cradle for reading external SATA III drives and a spare for adhoc day to day use. This is partly why I haven't felt any need to upgrade, especially with the C2Q and 1080 for games.
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:23 PM   #8
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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

While waiting for Polonyc2 to reply, I want to add that I really enjoy researching new gear and selecting add-ons. It requires a bit of delving into the detail and u learn a lot in the process. I think over the past few generations our mainboard manufacturers are adding too many features to entice buyers and upgrading. Its to differentiate their products, but the whole idea was to have the base main board and then to add what u need.
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:12 PM   #9
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Re: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

I just got the Evo 850 250Gb for $80 to replace my old Scandisk drive. Big performance increase. I was going to get the 860 but the price difference didn't seem worth it. I have a SSD in a core 2 laptop and that was night and day compared to a standard drive.
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