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    Do I Need A SATA II Lead???

    Hi people,

    Just a very quick question. I am relatively new to PC building and just wanted a (probably silly) question cleared up.

    I keep reading on websites and posts on this site that people are buying SATA II cables for their SATA II drives.

    I have a Samsung Spinpoint P120S SATA II drive and simply used the cable that came with my DFI LAnparty UT SLI-D motherboard.

    I was under the assumption that as long as it was a SATA cable, well that's it, they all do the same job. So my question, is there any difference between SATA & SATA II cables, if so should I use one on my SATA II drive.

    Apologies if this is a silly question.

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    First that I'm aware of it to be honest.

    Actually, just looked on Scan and there are some SATA II cables.

    Only difference I can see is that SATA II cables have a latch that securely clip the lead onto the motherboard port (socket on motherboard must support latch feature).

    http://www.hexus.net/content/news/ne...lld19JRD0xNTQ0

    Looks like the SATA II standard calls for these latches as the connection with SATA 1 is a bit flimsy.

    Can't see the SATA II cables having an increase of performance over SATA 1.

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    Any SATA cable should be able to handle 3Gbps, regardless of whether they're 'ClickConnect' or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    Any SATA cable should be able to handle 3Gbps, regardless of whether they're 'ClickConnect' or not.
    Great, the response I was looking for lol

    Thought that would be the case but I just wanted to double check!!

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    SATA II cables just have the latch I think, cant see them being any better in terms of performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FEAR
    SATA II cables just have the latch I think, cant see them being any better in terms of performance.
    And there's no such thing as SATA II, although now that marketing circles have got their claws on the term, nobody believes me.
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