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2 years ago#1
I'm looking to replace my 500GB WD Caviar Green hard drive, mainly because it makes a high-pitched whine that drives me crazy any time it's under load. That, and it's not very fast. Also, I think it may have been damaged in a power outage we had a few months back. Regardless, I'm thinking of getting a solid state drive, because a 120GB one doesn't cost much more than a 500GB WD Blue that I was thinking of buying anyway.

I don't have much of a problem going down to 120GB, as I don't really use much of the 500GB I have now, anyway. What I'm trying to understand is if the SSD will work with my motherboard, which is fairly old. It's a Gigabyte MA78GM-S2HP which only supports DDR2 memory.

I'm looking at this SSD:

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-2-5-Inch-SV300S37A-120G/dp/B00A1ZTZOG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1XQBS8O3I4IB&coliid=I2CRLMK10KILMP

I'm sure it seems like a dumb question to most of you, but I can't figure out if the RAM speed that your mobo can handle needs to be taken into consideration when buying an SSD. If you can answer that, I would appreciate it.
2 years ago#2
Yes.
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2 years ago#3
Game_Pak posted...

I'm sure it seems like a dumb question to most of you, but I can't figure out if the RAM speed that your mobo can handle needs to be taken into consideration when buying an SSD. If you can answer that, I would appreciate it.


no, and that ssd's good.
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2 years ago#4
Don't do it TC, 120 GB is not nearly as much storage as you think it is. If you have any sort of collection of movies/music/shows/games that will be full before you can sneeze.
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2 years ago#5
I agree with Mr. Mage. If you think you'll be able to get another storage drive eventually, you might be able to make it okay. Otherwise, you're good to go.

Can anyone else confirm if TRIM support is motherboard dependent?
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2 years ago#6
ZeraphLordS posted...
I agree with Mr. Mage. If you think you'll be able to get another storage drive eventually, you might be able to make it okay. Otherwise, you're good to go.

Can anyone else confirm if TRIM support is motherboard dependent?


As far as I can tell, it's an OS function, so it's completely dependent on if the OS supports it. If he has Windows 7, he's good. Would be a smart idea to reinstall Windows though.
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2 years ago#7
If your motherboard is using DDR2 there's a good chance it only supports SATA 3Gb/s, which means you're not going to get the full speed out of any SSD you put in it.
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2 years ago#8
mrCube posted...
If your motherboard is using DDR2 there's a good chance it only supports SATA 3Gb/s, which means you're not going to get the full speed out of any SSD you put in it.


Thankfully, the most dramatic benefits of an SSD are derived from their non-existent seek times, meaning even with identical throughput, a SSD is far and away.
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2 years ago#9
Definitely true.
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2 years ago#10
heads up

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crucial-M500-240GB-SATA-6Gb-s-2-5-Internal-Solid-State-Drive-CT240M500SSD1-/331029578064?pt=US_Solid_State_Drives&hash=item4d12e68150

That's an awesome deal.
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