I didn’t expect so many replies, but I did expect the replies to have at least something to do with my question. Looks like I was twice wrong. For those who need to be told thrice to understand something I repeat that the question is NOT about the way to connect an SSD to a motherboad that has no SATA connectors, but about choosing the most suitable SSD for that.
[QUOTE=Dee;2674749]I would go along with what CDan said and add a SATA PCI card. It’s your best chance of getting it working, and will give extra speed over a PATA 40 pin which I believe if my memory serves me correctly will only give 33MB/s bandwidth.[/QUOTE]
Your memory serves you compelety incorrectly. PATA bandwidth limit is 133 MB/s, it’s equal to the limit of PCI bandwidth in most implementations. Posts like this (someone presenting his random thought on a subject he has no knowledge of as a fact) is exactly what makes researching on the Internet so difficult.
[QUOTE=Dee;2674749]Also PATA 40 pin may not work at all with an SSD.[/QUOTE]
Do you know a reason why it would not? Since you didn’t specify it, I assume you don’t. Then why waste the time on typing the sentence?
[QUOTE=Dee;2674749]But it’s your money, so do what you think is best.[/QUOTE]
You have my undying gratitude for your permission.
[QUOTE=CDan;2674766]The only way you will “waste” a PCI slot is by not using it.[/QUOTE]
What makes you think I will not have anything better to put into this board than a SATA controller?
[QUOTE=Albert;2674759]Dare I say that if you go for an SSD with decent random performance, the drive will automatically have a pretty good sequential write that would saturate the actual bandwidth provided with most PATA controllers? I don’t think you can avoid that. Having a fast seek performance with a weak read/write is no better than having a mechanical hard drive with 100 MB/s average sequential reads but 20ms seek times.
So don’t be afraid to look at Samsung or Intel drives of the current or previous generation, as they are generally reliable (and/or well supported) from what I’ve read. They occasionally have some of the slower drives, but even then they are still plenty fast for what you want, and they prefer stability over raw speed.[/QUOTE]
Thanks for posting on topic, which is more than I can say about the rest who replied. Do you know a website where I can can look at the specs of those drives to choose the most suitable? Finding a datasheet for each Samsung and Intel model on their websites seems somewhat daunting.
BTW, what do you think about that OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD in the kit? The link contains its specs and they elaborate a lot about its supposed reliability. Its size (120 GB) is just about what I was looking for, though I would also consider a smaller drive, no smaller than 64GB, though.
[QUOTE=Jeffrey_P;2674772]I wouldn’t waste money on a PATA connected SSD.[/QUOTE]
It isn’t a waste, since I certainly get a large performance improvement, even if not as large as with native SATA interface. Besides, I can freely use the drive with a SATA board if I choose to later. The adapter costs about 15 - 20 bucks, not something to lose one’s sleep about.