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Windows 7: SSD controller?

15 May 2011   #1
Barso

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
SSD controller?

I bought an OCZ vertex 3 and I have my OS installed to it.
My motherboard is an ASUS maximus IV P67.
I have my SSD connected to the intel sata port that uses the JMICRON controller as I read it was the better one.
But I know my SSD uses a sandforce controller also.
How do I know I am using the right controller for the SSD?
Thanks.


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15 May 2011   #2
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barso View Post
I bought an OCZ vertex 3 and I have my OS installed to it.
My motherboard is an ASUS maximus IV P67.
I have my SSD connected to the intel sata port that uses the JMICRON controller as I read it was the better one.
But I know my SSD uses a sandforce controller also.
How do I know I am using the right controller for the SSD?
Thanks.
Hello Barso
The controller built into the SSD is not the same as the SATA controller that you plug it into.
I have no manual available for your MB but the SATA controller that you plug into should be 6.0Gb/s capable.
You can find this info in your MB manual if you have one, otherwise you can download a manual for your MB from ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-
I hope this helps you
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15 May 2011   #3
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

The Jmicron controller is only 3Gb/s. It also may not support TRIM - which is important for your SSD to keep operating at top performance. Use one of the red SATA 6Gb/s ports and make sure you have them setup to use AHCI instead of IDE mode. If you don't already have them set to AHCI from when you installed Windows 7 , look for the tutorial here that tells you how to enable AHCi post-install.
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15 May 2011   #4
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You need to use the 6GB port with the Marvell controller... no ifs ands or butts. JMicron is a 3GB port.
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15 May 2011   #5
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
You need to use the 6GB port with the Marvell controller... no ifs ands or butts. JMicron is a 3GB port.
The Marvell may not support trim - last I hear was they don't. The board has both Intel and Marvell 6 Gb/s ports. Use one of the Intel 6 Gb/s ports. You will have to look in the manual to see which are Intel, which Marvell. Regardless, the Intel 6 Gb/s will be a better choice.

That is a nice board btw.

Here is the link for enabling AHCI mode if it isn't already enabled:

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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15 May 2011   #6
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
You need to use the 6GB port with the Marvell controller... no ifs ands or butts. JMicron is a 3GB port.
The Marvell may not support trim - last I hear was they don't. The board has both Intel and Marvell 6 Gb/s ports. Use one of the Intel 6 Gb/s ports. You will have to look in the manual to see which are Intel, which Marvell. Regardless, the Intel 6 Gb/s will be a better choice.

That is a nice board btw.

Here is the link for enabling AHCI mode if it isn't already enabled:

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
True enough... Marvell doesn't support Trim. I just switched to the Intel controller (gray ports) and now it seems I'm stuck with the Microsoft driver as there doesn't seem to be a way to get the Intel driver to install without reinstalling the OS... but at least now I have Trim. The question is whether or not to reinstall to get the ~5% performance increase the Intel driver would provide?
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15 May 2011   #7
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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15 May 2011   #8
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
You need to use the 6GB port with the Marvell controller... no ifs ands or butts. JMicron is a 3GB port.
The Marvell may not support trim - last I hear was they don't. The board has both Intel and Marvell 6 Gb/s ports. Use one of the Intel 6 Gb/s ports. You will have to look in the manual to see which are Intel, which Marvell. Regardless, the Intel 6 Gb/s will be a better choice.

That is a nice board btw.

Here is the link for enabling AHCI mode if it isn't already enabled:

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
True enough... Marvell doesn't support Trim. I just switched to the Intel controller (gray ports) and now it seems I'm stuck with the Microsoft driver as there doesn't seem to be a way to get the Intel driver to install without reinstalling the OS... but at least now I have Trim. The question is whether or not to reinstall to get the ~5% performance increase the Intel driver would provide?
You should be able to do that. I know I did when experimenting around between the Microsoft and Intel drivers. Don't remember the details though - maybe it was installing from the device manager -> properties menu. I think the Microsoft are fine as long as you don't need RAID.
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15 May 2011   #9
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, you "should" be able to do that, but, I've been trying for several hours to find someone or somewhere that has accomplished this mythic feat. Going through the device manager doesn't work.
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15 May 2011   #10
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I think you have to install the intel rapid storage technology, which should be a download from Asus.
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