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Shatter
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z480 SATA 3 ssd

I would like to replace my current HDD with SATA 3 SDD in z480. But I'm sure that it supports SATA 3.
https://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/pdf/system_data/z480_tech_specs.pdf
I can't upderstand the meaning of tech specs ( SATA disk ( SATA 2 ) vs SATA controller (SATA 3) ).

Could you help me?

Thank you in advance.

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Re: z480 SATA 3 ssd

Hi Shatter , 

 

Welcome to the Community Forums. 

 

Reference note

SATA I (revision 1.x) interface, formally known as SATA 1.5Gb/s, is the first generation SATA interface running at 1.5 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 150MB/s.
SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, is a second generation SATA interface running at 3.0 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 300MB/s.
SATA III (revision 3.x) interface, formally known as SATA 6Gb/s, is a third generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 600MB/s. This interface is backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s interface

SATA II specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I ports. SATA III specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I and SATA II ports. However, the maximum speed of the drive will be slower due to the lower speed limitations of the port.

 

As per data sheet  SATA controller  : Serial ATA, SATA 6.0Gb/s, integrated in chipset 

From the hardware manual (page27) , Core Chipset: Intel Panther Point HM76 (Lenovo IdeaPad Z380/ Z480/Z580) Max # of SATA 6.0 Gb/s Ports2 .

 

 

Hope this help answer your query.

 

Regards



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Re: z480 SATA 3 ssd

Ok. Thanks. 
But I didn't find SATA 3 port on the motherboard ( link)
I thought I should switch a port from SATA 2 to SATA 3.
Probably I don't understand anything. Will SATA 3 work if I just set up SSD instead of HDD?

Regards, Shatter

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Re: z480 SATA 3 ssd

Hi Shatter , 

 

Greetings. 

 

I understand your concern as you are planning a nice upgrade .

SATA 3 SSD would work on your laptop as your chipset supports it (Intel Panther Point HM76 ).

 

SATA 1,2,3 have compatible interfaces (even if port on your board is SATA2 interfaced). 

It may affect a bit of but the performance rate is still well appreciated for an SSD . 

Best explained here on this discussion as some resellers may provide SATA 6.0Gb/s SSD. 

 

Hope this help answer your query better.

 

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Re: z480 SATA 3 ssd

I know about backwards compatible. I hoped that I would get 600 MB/s (6 Gbit/s ). The most SSDs have 500+ MB/s. Thus, it doesn't make a sense to buy expensive SSD with a good performance because of SATA 2 ( 3 Gbit/s ). Thank for your help.
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Re: z480 SATA 3 ssd

Hello im reading your post and I have the same problem, I want to buy an SSD 240gb Ssd Kingston Uv400 wich I know is SATA 3. My question is will it be an upgrade on my lenovo z480 and will it work? 

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