Thanks for the post!
I have a Gigabyte UD3P (SATA 2 and I'll upgrade to 6Gb/s later)) and I'm a gamer. But I also use the PC for professtional work as well.
I did read this link 2 monts agohttp://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-performance-tweak,2911.html
It seems not much as changed since then.
I'm not looking for lots of tweeks. If Windows 7 is mature enough with the updates, I don't think I'll need lots of fixing just to make to make SSD run at 90% of max potential without shorting the SSD drive life.
Do I need the newest Intel RST driver ?
Since you didn't mention Vertex 2 or 3, then I guess there isn't much difference except for synthetic benchmarks.
Since I'm just looking for good/average performance, I'll just use AHCI & TRIM AND Disable System Restore & Drive Indexing for now - since some tweeks can harm.
I'm also planning on getting a 120 gig version (more than enough), so I don't to count & save every meg so carefully.