SATA vs SATA-II cabling and motherboard interface issues

Recently purchased MSI motherbaords (865PE - Neo2-P). These support SATA drives. I've read alot recently about SATA (150 mb/s) vs "SATA-II" (300 mb/s) and the improved performance, etc, etc of the SATA-II. My question is whether an SATA & SATA-II connection cables are the same, and, if not the same are they at least compatible. That is, if I am using the motherboard noted above, will I be able to plug a SATA-II drive into that motherboard with existing cables (ie, that shipped with the motherboard "SATA")? Or, will this work at all?
rpiccirelloAsked:
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kode99Connect With a Mentor Commented:
The cables are compatable although the drive would be of no benefit unless the controller is also SATA II.  So everything is also backward compatable - ie.  SATA II drive works fine with SATA controller.

If you want to read up on SATA here is a link to the standards body for it,
  http://www.sata-io.org/index.asp

Also the jump from SATA to SATA II is not very earth shattering.  The speed change is only one part of what SATA II is about - even though the drive/controller manufacturers make it sound huge.  I think I already covered some of the other stuff in the link that huntersvcs posted - hot swap, NCQ etc.



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huntersvcsCommented:
Although your MOBO supports SATA drives, it does not have available a SATA-II controller.  Thus, the cables are the least of your problems.  To use the SATA-II drives to full performance (if at all) you will have to add an add-in controller for the SATA-II support.  The difference will only be seen with multiple drives, but I'm sure you've read that already.

Hope this answers your question.

Rick
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huntersvcsCommented:
If you want to look at comparison reviews, look at this:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21330145.html
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huntersvcsCommented:
Simple answers to your question:

"That is, if I am using the motherboard noted above, will I be able to plug a SATA-II drive into that motherboard with existing cables (ie, that shipped with the motherboard "SATA")? Or, will this work at all?"

NO
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huntersvcsCommented:
When I said NO, I meant it won't work as a SATA-II.  Congrats, kode99 - just a misinterpretation of the answer.  Basically, we meant the same thing.
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