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Intel or Marvell 6Gb/s Controller?

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Last response: in Motherboards
April 5, 2013 1:21:53 PM

Hey All,

Can somebody clarify or explain this?:

I recently rebuilt my rig on an ASUS P8Z77 WS Mobo and attached a Samsung 840 250 GB SSD for the boot drive and a Samsung 830 256 GB SSD for a secondary drive.

When I initally connected the drives, I contected them through the Marvell ports. I get really fast boot time (I'm in Win 8 64 Pro in about 4 seconds) but I've been reading that the Intel controller is faster and better to use.

However, when I connected through the Intel ports (both the Intel/Marvell ports are 6Gb/s) my boot time jumps to almost 45 seconds!

Do I need to readjust something in Win 8? I've already updated all drivers.

Also, when I run the Win Exp Index under the Marvell I only get a 7.9 for the SSD but if it's attached to the Intel I get a 8.1.

Any thoughts?

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a c 77 V Motherboard
April 5, 2013 1:29:44 PM

What SATA mode are the Intel ports set to?

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a c 559 V Motherboard
April 5, 2013 1:36:11 PM

Try disabling the Marvell in BIOS and test again. See if the boot time is the same. Make sure that the SSD is the first boot device in BIOS.
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a b V Motherboard
April 5, 2013 1:39:13 PM

I think the marvell ports are optimized for RAID or something like that, I cannot remember specifically.
April 8, 2013 5:06:11 PM

You guys rock!

Once I turned off the Marvell controller in BIOS, the Intel controller worked!