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Windows 7: Marvell 88SE9123 chip w/ ASUS P7P55D-E MOBO--SSD Install?

04 May 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Marvell 88SE9123 chip w/ ASUS P7P55D-E MOBO--SSD Install?

There are threads that appear to address this situation, but they are very old and may not have info for some of the new drivers offered at Station-drivers. So here goes...

1a. I am about to install a Samsung Pro SSD (128GB) on my system. My Mobo, an ASUS P7P55D-E, has 6 SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (currently configured IDE in BIOS); it also has 2 SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (configured ACHI in BIOS) controlled by a Marvell PCIe SATA controller. Question: I have heard a lot of shouting about how bad the Marvel controllers are but it would seem the faster throughput would be the logical choice for the SSD as otherwise I should have not bought a SATA 3 gen drive. What say the experts?

I currently have a 1TB Caviar Black, 7200 rpm as my drive. I have connected this drive to both sets of ports, as IDE and AHCI, and tested with Crystaldisk Mark. There is very little difference between the readings despite that this drive says it can support 6 Gb/s.

1b. I have researched the Marvell and cannot find much info. I have installed the most recent Marvell driver that is listed at the ASUS site. However, there are much newer packages available at (Marvell drivers) (my controller is a Marvell 88SE91xx chip, 88SE9123-NAA2 to be exact). Has anyone had any experience with these drivers and can they guide me as to which driver and firmware I should use? Has anyone been able to successfully utilize a 6 Gb/s SSD on a Marvell controlled port? Or is it just a lost cause?
(ASUS P7P55D-E bios & drivers)

2. I have read that these Marvell chips will not support TRIM. Will any of the later drivers from station fix that? Is TRIM essential to proper functioning and how can I determine if TRIM is working when the drive is attached to this port? I have had no issue installing the earlier driver from the ASUS site, although my HDD shows as an SCSI disk device in Device Manager.

3. If it is an absolute no go with the Marvell, has anyone had any experience with PCIe cards for this purpose and can they recommend a good one that is not in the hundreds of dollars? I have one PCIe x 16 slot and more PCIe x 1 slots open.

I have other questions relating to BIOS, chipsets and drivers, but will wait until I have this connection situation ironed out. Currently my sys is running an old BIOS version and chipset version and mostly older drivers.

Thank you to all who can help.

Note: I have submitted this request to 7 forums, station-drivers forum and the ASUS forum. Please forgive if the questions have been answered previously and steer me to the correct thread(s). Also, if you know of other sites that may be better suited, please let me know.

Links to ASUS support site for my MOBO (you may need to input system info: Win 7 Pro 64bit):
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P7P55D-E
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P7P55D-E [support_asus_com]

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