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Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD, Intel 6G/s SATA issue - Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe

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March 30, 2013 6:25:13 AM

Hi,
Trying to get the best performance out of new Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD. Also increasingly concerned about stability. This drive will host OS, Steam, Origin + games on Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe based system.

Installed Win7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 on it (using 3.0 GB/s Intel SATA for install).
Installed Intel RST Driver: 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller (iaStor v11.1.0.1006) from ASUS download

Connected 840 Pro to the Intel 6.0 GB/s SATA, issues:

  • When running Samsung Magician (v4.0) Performance Testing: Gave BSOD (twice) or "Performance Benchmark Failed, failure due to timeout" (twice).
  • Tried to run AS SSD Benchmark: gave BSOD.
  • AnvilPro benchmark: BSOD (read or write)


  • Drive is otherwise functioning ok (so far), but I can't benchmark on the fast Intel SATA. One other issue: This drive has *lots* of cap/coil squeal, very high pitch whine when under load. Have replaced SATA cable but to no effect.

    I have yet to do large copy to it (eg. Steam files) but will try presently. Will RMA obviously if any errors on this.


    Magician/AS SSD benchmarking works ok for other controllers on the Deluxe MoBo:

    • On Intel 3.0 GB/s SATA runs ok, but performance is predictably mediocre at ~280 MB/s r/w
    • On Marvell 91xx SATA 6G, better seq. read of 410 MB/s, but terrible seq. write and IOPS.


  • Thanks for any help/suggestions!
    GC

    PS. Have 840 Pro 512 MB in my Lenovo x220t, get 500+ MB/s seq r/w, works great..!
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    System: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe; Intel i5-3570K WC (Cuplex Kryos) 3.40 GHz stock (to be OC); Asus GeForce 2GB GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP; G Skill 4x4GB PC3-19200 10-12-12-31; Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB SSD (FW DXM04B0Q); Seagate 2.0 TB HDD; Asus Xonar Essence XTS; Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W.
    a b Ĉ ASUS
    a b Ô Samsung
    a c 81 G Storage
    March 30, 2013 7:31:44 AM

    Try the latest driver from intel and make sure the ssd has the latest firmware. That at least fixed my problems with the stability.
    a b Ô Samsung
    a b å Intel
    a c 256 G Storage
    March 30, 2013 3:22:18 PM

    Hmmmm.... There might be a misunderstanding. You mentioned that you are using 3.0 Gb/s Intel SATA for install which would suggest SATA 2. You also mentioned Intel which would suggest SATA 3. That makes it a bit confusing.

    Your Samsung 840 Pro is a SATA 3 6Gb/s solid state drive. Your Asus PBZ77-V Deluxe motherboard supports SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's. The ssd should be connected to one of the two gray SATA connectors on the motherboard.

    Did you remember to go into the motherboard's system BIOS on initial boot-up and switch to ACHI mode before installing anything on the ssd?

    The latest Intel chipset drivers should be download from the Intel web site instead of the Asus web site.

    I am a regular here. There have not been any threads about noisy ssd's. Usually the problem is a power supply, fan, or a sound card connection.
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    March 30, 2013 11:15:45 PM

    are you overclocking? sounds like your bios is messed up . i own 840 pro plus 6 other top end ssd its not the ssd. its your settings
    March 30, 2013 11:19:50 PM

    BTW 840 pro wasnt released with bugs. samsung is bigger than that The samsung firmware updates only tweak ur experience not change it .
    March 31, 2013 2:46:13 AM

    Thanks all for posts - I'm now sorted. Changed power cable and moved to new socket/rail on Thermaltake PS and drive is now behaving well. Getting 500+ MB/s on seq w/r, pretty good IOPS. Still on iaStor driver.
    !