Should I be worried about compatibility with SATA3 SSD's since my board is SATA2?
Or can I just go ahead and get anything..
I am in the same boat witha 775 system. Go for it
It will still be a massive speed boost and when you eventually upgrade you will get another free speed boost to sata 3 and ahci.
Don't get a sata 2 version though go straight for a sata 3. Also look for a drive with good garbage collection such as the corsair performance pro drives. This will be better for older systems.
I would go with the vertex 3 but make sure you update the thing before you do anything.
Does your mobo support AHCI? Can't see it on the website.
The OCZ drives apparently have good trim support and garbage collection
The OCZ Agility 3 is what I would recommend. The OCZ Agility 3, OCZ Vertex 3, AData S511 and S510 are all Sandforce 2 series SSDs and super fast.
I can't notice a difference between them, you would need a benchmark to tell the difference.
SATA3 devices are fully backward compatible with SATA-I & SATA-II. The only side effect is it will not be able to perform up to it's max (500mb/s) and instead will hit a wall once it hits +- 250-300mb/s (SATA-2) or +-100-150MB/s (SATA-I).
I would also maybe wait until next week as Esquire is going to be bringing in a different brand of drive. Maybe Samsung and those SSD's are one of the best
Thanks guys, ok Vertex 3 it is.
Oh gawrsh, quick google search indicates it MIGHT, ..I don't even know what that entails or even means :/
Do I have to install OS before I update firmware?
Hmm, ..Buying from Esquire seems like a mission, I prefer to have things shipped to my door
"Asus knows that many gamers prefer Windows XP, and puts its floppy header near the top to ease cable routing in typical tower designs. The floppy is still needed by most people for adding AHCI or RAID drivers during Windows installation."
- Ahh, I don't have a stiffy/floppy drive..
I would seriously consider the OCZ Agility 3 if I were you. It is much cheaper with almost exactly the same performance.
Thanks for the grammer check
The vertex 3 will be way faster using compressed data and is very close to the agility 3. You must update it before you do anything.
I think you can connect it to your pc as another drive, then update the firmware, then install as a boot drive