I have 3 Raid controllers in my motherboard. These are the ICH10R, Jmicron JMB36x, and the Marvell 9123. Totally I have 9 Sata ports. 6 of them belong to the P55 ICH10R, 2 of them (colored white) belong to the Marvell 9123, and the last 1 is for the Jmicron.
Currently I have 2 x 500GB Samsung F3 Spinpoints drives running in Raid 0 connected to ports 5/6 (which is part of the ICH10R) and I have 1 x Kingston SSDNow V Series 64gb installed in SATA port 0 (also part of the ICH10R).
Since I run Samsung Raid on the same Intel Raid Controller, does it also remove TRIM on my SSD which is part of the same controller (even though it is not setup as RAID)? I heard that TRIM is still supported in a RAID setup as long as the SSD is not part of the RAID array which is like my setup. Could anyone please confirm this?
On the other hand, the Marvell 9123 Controllers (SATA III) are so crappy in RAID and non-RAID (AHCI) and the performance of my Samsung F3s are literally halved compared to the ICH10R. The Jmicron sucks even more. Even my Kingston SSD in which is single, runs crappy with the Marvell controller. I don't have any choice but to go all ICH10R.
Lastly, I need an advice for an SSD purchase because I plan to return this Kingston SSD that I have.
I know that I'll lose TRIM but that is fine since I'll just to the maintenance manually (by imaging, then secure erase, then restore image back to the SSD) from time to time. Also, I will be using my F3s to store data so TRIM is really not important as of now. Also the Corsair is going to be cheaper after rebate
I've heard good things about the SandForce controllers and I think I'll jump to the bandwagon.
Are there issues with the SF-1200 that you know of?
Thanks for your help!
Core i7 870 @ stock
MSI P55-GD85 (BIOS 1.3)
2 x 4gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 (XMP Enabled)
1 x Kingston SSDNow V 64gb (soon to be replaced)
2 x 500gb Samsung F3 Spinpoint (Raid 0)
Mugen 2 Rev B
The Marvell controller are cr@p. I don't like the JMicron ones either.
With the new Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver, v9.6, TRIM is supported in RAID, IF THE DRIVE IS NOT PART OF AN ARRAY.
Download it here, it's a self installing file, updated the chipset drivers.
Go for the Intel X25-M 80GB, prices are dropping. Else OCZ Vertex 2 100GB, if you can find one. Get a single, larger SSD, and stay away from RAIDing SSDs. It gets complicated how to get around the loss of TRIM. And RAIDing a SSD really doesn't benefit access times, they are already ultra fast!
thanks again for a very informative reply. I just installed 9.6 and now I sees my kingston SSD on the list. With the older version, it did not.
However, I have a few questions.
When I restart, I noticed the icon for RST has an exclamation point. Hovering over the system tray icon says that RST is not running. After a minute, then it will have a green check mark indicating that it is activated. Is that a normal delay?
With the earlier version of RST, after a reboot, I never see the exclamation point, just a green check mark right away.
The delay is a no biggie to me, I just want to make sure that I did not miss something.
Also, how would I know that TRIM is really working? Is there a STATUS anywhere that I could check?
I might wait for the next gen Intel SSDs coming this December, I'll just use this Kingston SSD for the meantime.
Yup, It is enabled. I just hope it is actually working.
BTW, I managed to solve my RTS problem (yellow question mark) by running services.msc >> look for Intel Rapid Storage Technology >> Change the startup type from Automatic (delay) to just plain Automatic. It worked. Now everytime I restart, the green check mark is enabled right away.