Help me plan a system upgrade...

Started Mar 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
pixelstore New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Dell XPS 8500/Question

Jim Cockfield wrote:

The MB has 4 SATA ports (two SATA II, two SATA III).

Slight correction, Jim.

The XPS 8500 motherboard has 4 SATA ports, but only one of the motherboard ports is SATA III. The other three are all SATA II. The motherboard also has an mSATA slot. The mSATA slot is SATA III.

Dell originally advertised the 8500 as having two SATA III ports and two SATA II ports, but, as some purchasers found out the hard way, that turned out not to be true. Dell apologized, said it was a mistake, and later corrected the manual. The owners manual currently shows that SATA Port 0 is a SATA III port and that SATA Ports 1, 2 and 3 are all SATA II ports.

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