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April 7, 2012 11:49:27 AM

i have a px58d-e x58 motherboard by asus with the marvel controller.. im looking for a 120gb sata 3 ssd but iv read about problems with slow speeds with marver controllers and certain ssd's.. any recommendations would fantastic.. ta..

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April 7, 2012 3:01:48 PM

All X58 motherboards use Marvell as the controller for their SATA 3 ports.

The Marvell controller on your motherboard has a maximum data bandwidth of PCIe x1 at 5Gb/s (500MB/s).

You will not get the maximum advertised speeds from any SATA 3 SSD you connect to the Marvell ports, but your performance will still be better than connecting the drive to one of the SATA 2 ports.

Do not RAID SATA 3 SSDs on the Marvell ports; you will get better performance with RAID on the SATA 2 ports.

Make sure the Marvell controller is in AHCI mode for best performance.
April 8, 2012 8:07:25 AM

Dereck47 said:
All X58 motherboards use Marvell as the controller for their SATA 3 ports.

The Marvell controller on your motherboard has a maximum data bandwidth of PCIe x1 at 5Gb/s (500MB/s).

You will not get the maximum advertised speeds from any SATA 3 SSD you connect to the Marvell ports, but your performance will still be better than connecting the drive to one of the SATA 2 ports.

Do not RAID SATA 3 SSDs on the Marvell ports; you will get better performance with RAID on the SATA 2 ports.

Make sure the Marvell controller is in AHCI mode for best performance.


Thanks for the in depth reply.. i was thinking of the ocz vertex 3 but because i will not get full speed would there be a drive you would recommend and what kind of speeds should i be looking at so i know im getting the best possible from my ssd.. ta..
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April 8, 2012 4:06:58 PM

You can stick with the Vertex 3 if you wish. No matter which drive you connect you won't get advertised speeds.

The Crucial M4 and Samsung 830 are good choices also.

Expect to see 400-450 Read/Write speeds using ATTO benchmark software.
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