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SATA Performance Severely Hindered - Sabertooth X58

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December 22, 2010 5:45:04 PM

Hi All,

I am having an issue with SATA performance and my SSD drive with my X58 motherboard. I have narrowed it down to the motherboard due to the fact that I benchmarked the drive in another computer and the results in A SSD were in line with the results here:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/gskill-phoenix-pro-120gb-...

Currently the results in my machine with the X58 Sabertooth are around 100 composite score. This lousy performance started happening after I flashed the BIOS up to 0603 to fix blue screen issues. This issue is not resolved when I roll back to the 505 bios.

Any thoughts/help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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December 22, 2010 6:02:36 PM

One question.... When you flashed the BIOS to 0603 and back to 0505, did you change the SATA Controller back to AHCI??
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December 22, 2010 6:09:27 PM

I have flip flopped between AHCI and SATA, and it seems to make very little difference. My 4K tests are a fraction of what they should be.

I will flash back to 505 and change to AHCI and post my results.
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December 22, 2010 6:55:05 PM

The only thing I'm seeing between the Guru image and yours is the Firmware version. Your showing 3.1 and their is 310A. I would maybe look to update your SSD firmware and re-test. Also, you are on the MSACHI drivers and they are on the Intel drivers ( ICH10R)... it looks like
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December 23, 2010 2:22:40 PM

So I am trying to install the iaStor drivers provided from ASUS and I am getting an error that it's not compatible with my version of windows (Windows 7 64 bit). This is frustrating.
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December 23, 2010 2:30:31 PM

I would look at ASUS's website for the latest version, which hopefully is Win7 64-bit compatible. Also, I would start with the firmware update first, if not current.
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December 23, 2010 2:48:13 PM

If you changes from IDE -> AHCI after installing an OS chances are that you may have corrupted the registry. The simplest solution is to move the SATA 1 -> SATA 2 ports, also don't have the DVD in the first 4 ports.

The 4K is a lousy comparison for the SSD; I prefer ATTO Benching.
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December 23, 2010 2:51:19 PM

So here are some results. I found a compatible iaStor driver, apparently Asus has a bit of a fail on their website and had to lean on Intel.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22736/as-ssd-bench%20FM-25S2S-1...

I can't seem to find a 310A firmware download.

Here's Gskill's page for this drive:

http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=284


Again what concerns me is that I installed this drive into a separate computer with the same firmware and saw benchmarks that were close to what is listed on their website and guru3d.

I am using the same drive and the same SATA cable.
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December 23, 2010 2:53:30 PM

Jaquith:

Just move the SATA port from 1 to 2?
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December 23, 2010 3:00:37 PM

ModXMV said:
Jaquith:

Just move the SATA port from 1 to 2?

Yep, that's the simplest unless you want to get into your registry.
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December 23, 2010 5:02:18 PM

Well that sucked! Set the SATA3 to AHCI and use/try the SATA3 port. I assume when testing that you disabled any AV software, and the you did NOT install ANY of the ASUS 'Utilities' -> if you did then uninstall them, OR run MSCONFIG select Diagnostic and re-run tests.

Also, G.SKILL is using 1024K vs your 103424K sized test; also looking at their 'font' they've turned-off EVERYTHING!

Q - What OS? e.g. Windows 7 Pro x64

Ideal:


Before RST 'update':


After RST 'update':
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December 30, 2010 9:34:26 PM

Much better results... It seems like you had an alignment issue, which the reinstall corrected.
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December 30, 2010 10:01:06 PM

You missed my earlier post "Also, G.SKILL is using 1024K vs your 103424K sized test; also looking at their 'font' they've turned-off EVERYTHING!" Everthing - Aero, etc - G.SKILL's test rig has only bare bones Windows running...
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