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January 2, 2012 3:02:13 PM

Hello and happy new year!


So I have a gigabyte GA-x58A-UD3R and I have being toying with the idea of stepping up to the SSD realm. However I have read many issues people have using the marvel controller on this board. I know this board was advertised as a sata 3.0 board but from what I have read your best off using the intel ports on this board which are only sata 2.0 speeds(as I understand it). I am primarily a gamer and I am looking for gains in ToR loading levels etc.

-More or less wondering if other people have tackled this problem with this board?(advice please!)

-what issues can I run into slaving my WD caviar black to an SSD.

-Opinion on crucial M4 128gig vs OCZ vertex 3 120gig.

-Lastly what gains am I going to see over my old 7200 disk drive going to a sata 2.0 drive. (Is it worth it?)

Thanks again!

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a c 105 G Storage
January 2, 2012 3:43:37 PM

Slaving was an IDE thing....doesn't apply to SATA.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

M4 is Tier 5
Vertex 3 is Tier 6

These are Tier 3

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB, Patriot WildFire 120 GB, Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB

Last I looked, the Mushkin was the cheapest

As for what ya gain......I out the Vertex 3 Max IOPS in in a BIOS dual boot scenario w/ the Seagate Barracuda XT

HD Boots Win 7-64 Pro in 21.2 seconds
SSD Boots Win 7-64 Pro in 15.6 seconds

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a c 260 G Storage
January 2, 2012 3:47:58 PM
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The marvel is going to be faster than the SATA3GB ports but not as fast as other SATA 6GB controllers.
Should not be any issues some good guides at the top of this section in sticky!
The M4 is slightly faster and does not have the sandforce controller issue http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/425?vs=350.
Gains http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-upgrade-hdd-per...
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January 2, 2012 3:52:04 PM

Ok so if I am understanding this correctly I will install win7 64 on on the ssd, then just plug the 7200 WD into the mobo and it will recognize it....no need to slave or w/e?

Thanks for the prompt responses!
January 3, 2012 1:30:21 AM

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a c 260 G Storage
January 3, 2012 8:33:51 PM

zlangowski said:
Ok so if I am understanding this correctly I will install win7 64 on on the ssd, then just plug the 7200 WD into the mobo and it will recognize it....no need to slave or w/e?

Thanks for the prompt responses!

Correct!
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