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Marvell Sata 3 Controller bugs fixed?

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January 12, 2012 7:13:30 AM

I'm looking to get an SSD for my desktop but I keep reading that the controller for SATA 3 is crap (crashing, freezing, failing, etc.)
My setup is as follows:
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58
CPU: Intel i7 950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz
RAM: 12Gb Corsair
Graphics: EVGA GTX 460

or can I just uninstall the controller and install another one? If so is that easy to do or a pain?
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January 12, 2012 7:55:25 AM

According to the ASUS web site, this is what you have for SATA.

Intel® ICH10R controller : 6 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Marvell® PCIe 9128 controller : 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
JMicron® JMB362 controller : 1 x Power eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), green
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red

Try one of the Intel or the JMicron.
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January 13, 2012 3:00:52 AM

kuwok said:
I'm looking to get an SSD for my desktop but I keep reading that the controller for SATA 3 is crap (crashing, freezing, failing, etc.)
My setup is as follows:
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58
CPU: Intel i7 950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz
RAM: 12Gb Corsair
Graphics: EVGA GTX 460

or can I just uninstall the controller and install another one? If so is that easy to do or a pain?


Sorry, but you're misinformed; it's not a bug.

All X58 chipset based motherboards use a Marvell controller for their SATA 3 (6Gb/s) ports.
Your motherboard uses the Marvell 9128 controller which has a maximum data bandwidth of PCIe x1 at 5Gb/s (500 MB/s).

There's nothing wrong with the controller. It was designed when people were RAIDing mostly HDDs, and when 1st generation SSDs were the fastest things around. We are now on 4th generation SSDs.

It can handle SATA 3 speeds, but remember SATA 3 speeds are from 301 MB/s to 600 MB/s. :) 
You just won't see maximum SATA 3 speeds. :) 
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