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I'm not sure what SATAs to use for SDD, HDD, and ODD?!

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October 10, 2011 3:41:01 PM

First-time PC builder.

Here's my mobo, http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre...

Basically as you see the motherboard has,

2x SATA3 6.0Gb/s

2x SATA3 6.0Gb/s by Marvell SE9120

4x SATA2 3.0Gb/s.


What I need to connect,

1 SSD Crucial M4 64GB which will store Windows 7 Pro, and some important programs, games. (Main drive)

1 WD HDD 450GB (Minor programs if neccessary, & media storage)

1 WD HDD 1TB (Mainly media storage)

1 CD/DVD Reader/Burner ODD which will be used to burn a CD/DVD maybe once a year, if at all, so it is not imporant.

My question is how should I go about wiring these?!
I would assume SATA3 6.0 Gb/s for my SDD but I am unsure if I should use the one with Marvell controller, or without.
And I would assume to use SATA3 6.0 Gb/s for the other HDDs and leave the ODD to a SATA2 3.0 Gb/s since it is not that important.

What are your thoughts my friends?

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a c 105 G Storage
October 10, 2011 3:54:48 PM

I'd put the SD and the faster (also probably has bigger cache) of the two HD's (prolly the 1TB) on the SATA 3 ports, the rest on on SATA 2. Skip the Marvell all together. HD transfers off the platters won't benefit from SATA 3 but the transfers from cache will.
a b G Storage
October 10, 2011 3:57:39 PM

I'd put the SSD on the non marvell 6.0 ports. I get the feeling it will be easier to install windows on those ports. I'm not sure which is the fastest.

As for the other drives, the fastest mechanical drives can JUST get faster then what SATA I can do. They aren't even close to what SATA II can do. I'd put all the other drives on the SATA II ports. Save your other 6.0 ports for SSDs.
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a c 257 G Storage
October 10, 2011 6:42:02 PM
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I just checked my Intel Motherboard Database

Your ASRock motherboard has an Intel Z68 chipset with an integrated Intel ssd controller and two ports. The integrated Intel Controller is definitely preferred over the Marvell controller. You should see better performance using the Intel ssd controller and Intel drivers.
a b G Storage
October 10, 2011 6:55:55 PM

I suspected as much.
October 11, 2011 1:03:35 PM

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