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12 Jul 2012   #1

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Query regarding SSD

My new SSD is plugged into the one of the 6Gb/s sockets on my motherboard. Iíve been reading other posts here regarding NOT using the marvell controller for the SSD. My driveís performance is no where near the quoted figures. How do I NOT use the Marvell controller when my drive is plugged into the socket. What other controller is there to use. Iím confused. Asus P6X58D-E motherboard Intel Quad Core i7 950 Crucial M4 128GB SSD Thanks

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12 Jul 2012   #2
whs
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Do you have any other 6GB ports?

And with the performance nums you have to be careful. The advertised ratings are at maximum blocksize which the system never uses. Run Atto and post the results. Then we can have a look. http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1749/ATTO%20Disk%20Benchmark%20v2.46.html
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12 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

There are only the 2 6GB/s sockets on the P6X58D-E motherboard. Here's the ATTO test result:- http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/y...ump/ATTO_1.jpg Thanks for the help.
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12 Jul 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Those nums are pretty good. Compare that to my M4. Note that mine is a 64GB which is a bit slower in nature.


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12 Jul 2012   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jessica View Post
How do I NOT use the Marvell controller when my drive is plugged into the socket.

I'm not sure I follow you.

Obviously, if you plug into the Marvel controller's socket, you will be using the Marvel controller.

If I read the manual correctly, that board has 8 SATA sockets:

2 SATA 6 ports, using the Marvell controller

6 SATA 3 ports (ICH10R).

See section 2.2 of the manual.

If you don't want to use the Marvell controller, use one of the other 6 SATA 3 ports.

I have no idea if that would provide better performance.
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12 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Some boards have two SATA III controllers, one of which is usually, Intel. You just have Marvell. From an SATA III standpoint, you don't have a choice. You can of course, use the Intel SATA II controller, but at a lower speed.

So you really shouldn't be confused, your choice is Marvell SATA III (grey) or Intel SATA II (blue).
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12 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

That is correct. 6 SATA 3GB/s ports (blue) and 2 SATA 6GB/s ports (grey).

As I now understand it, I have no choice. If I plug the drive into one of the 3GB/s sockets, the performance of the drive will be worse than it is now.

Itís just that I thought I was connecting it all up wrong and that there was a better way.

Thanks once again for helping a damsel is distress.

Cheers guys.
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12 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I would try one of the SATA 3.0 ports and compare the performance.
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