Questions regarding ASRock Z77 Pro4 mobo

WILDLEGHORN

Journeyman
So very shortly I'll be buying this mobo from a local shop in india-
Newegg.com - ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

My Questions-

1) The pictures & feedback from the users on that site says that it comes with 2 SATA cables but I need to know what speed cables these are? Are these cables SATA 2 or SATA 3 speed cables?? There's no clear mention about this anywhere, so can anybody inform me about this?

2) Right now on my older pc the ODD uses IDE cables but the problem is the new mobo that I'm purchasing above doesn't have any IDE ports. So I'm planning on getting a new DVD burner very soon & wondering whether these new DVD burners at the time of purchasing come with a SATA cable in the box or do I have to purchase them separately?

3) I have 2 HDDs at the moment- 160GB & 500GB. First one is from Seagate & the later one from Seagate Barricuda. Right now I'm using a basic SATA 1 'red' colored cable for connecting both of these two drives. Now, my question is if I use both these HDDs with the SATA 3 cables then will I get the 6Gb/s max rated speeds? Or do my drives not qualify for these speeds? I'm really very confused about this issue.

PLEASE ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS!!!
 

saswat23

Human Spambot
But mine didn't have any SATA Cables. First one was HP OEM and 2nd is Asus, neither of them provided SATA Cable.
 
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WILDLEGHORN

Journeyman
Ok read that link & got the answers. Thanks :)

In general traditional HDDs like mine can go upto what speeds?
SATA 1, 2 or 3 ?
 

kisame

King of Heroes
SATA 1 has theoretical max bandwidth of 187.5 MB/s.
So I think HDDs can,in certain cases,saturate SATA 1.
But they,in no way,can saturate SATA 2.
 

d6bmg

BMG ftw!!
Unless you are using Very good SSD like M4 or Vertex4, you won't be needing the extra bandwidth of SATA III cables. SATA II cables would suffice.
 
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WILDLEGHORN

Journeyman
Unless you are using Very good SSD like M4 or Vertex4, you won't be needing the extra bandwidth of SATA III cables. SATA II cables would suffice.
But will normal Seagate Barricuda HDDs like mine use SATA 2 speeds or will they still run at SATA 1 speeds even when connected via SATA 2 cable?
 

d6bmg

BMG ftw!!
Nothing to be sad of. You have SATA II cables & normal HDDs. Nowadays everyone uses that combo. I think presently SATA 1 cables aren't even available in the market.
 
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