SATA III drives are close to the same price as SATA II drives so if you have a motherboard that supports SATA III now might be the time to upgrade hard drives! Check out this short article on upgrading to the next SATA spec!
I recently did a build for my test bench called Project Lil’ Fusion – Code name Zacate Light and used a standard SATA II drive for the build.
With drive prices falling so quickly I thought it was a good time to step up to a SATA III drive for the Lil Fusion box. The Zacate motherboard by MSI has four SATA III connections and I wanted to take advantage of the speed. Newegg had a sale so I decided to go for a SATA III WD drive.
The full drive Spec sheet can be found at:
Before I replaced the drive I wanted to get numbers on the existing DeskStar SATA II drive. The numbers were in the mid 60s and as expected. In addition, I timed the boot and it was 60 seconds from pressing the button to the Windows desktop.