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June 30, 2011 5:44:56 PM

this is in referance to a new build on p8z68 v pro. while reading through the owners manual, in sec 3.2.2, and the settings for the marvel storage controller. by default, it is set to ahci. i am going to run a raid 0 setup using 2 ssds. during some research, it seems that that setting should be set to raid instead of ahci, is that true or do i just leave it set to ahci? by the way this will be my first build.



thanks.


dave.
a b V Motherboard
June 30, 2011 5:51:15 PM

you will want to switch it to raid. also, you will need to go to asus' website and download the raid/ahci drivers and put them on a flash drive because the windows installer wont recognize raid by default
a c 715 V Motherboard
June 30, 2011 6:43:47 PM

The ASUS P8Z68-V PRO only supports RAID from the Intel Z68 chipset, you'd need Marvell 9128 or 9182 chipset -> http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...

If for some reason it 'magically does' offer RAID then the Marvell Storage Controller -> AHCI and then boot to the Marvell BIOS setup Ctrl + M to set up the RAID, but only if drives are connected.

IMO - Use the Intel even if you had the Marvell option.
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a c 107 V Motherboard
June 30, 2011 8:58:20 PM

You'll need to run your RAID from the Intel ports. ASUS and every other manufacturer decided to use non-RAID Marvell controllers on their Z68 mainboards -- I haven't seen one yet that can do Marvell RAID.

Make sure you run a garbage-collection program often on those RAIDed SSDs -- putting them in RAID automatically turns off the automatic TRIM garbage collection.
a c 715 V Motherboard
June 30, 2011 9:15:25 PM

Most P67 & Z68 yes, ALL no e.g. both versions of ASUS Maximus IV Extreme use Marvell 9182 supports Marvell RAID Utility :) 
a c 107 V Motherboard
July 1, 2011 5:20:15 AM

That's what I get for trusting ASUS' web site designers. They neglected to list RAID capability under the Marvell controller on both of the Extreme boards.

I just took another look around the Big Four web sites (and downloaded the manuals) and I've seen some Z68 boards that can do Marvell RAID.

List of Z68 boards with Marvell SATA3 RAID capability:
ASRock:
None

ASUS:
Maximus IV Extreme-Z

Gigabyte:
Z68MX-UD2H
Z68X-UD3
Z68X-UD3H
Z68X-UD4
Z68X-UD5 (eSATA only)
Z68X-UD7
Z68XP-UD3
Z68XP-UD3-iSSD
Z68XP-UD3P
Z68XP-UD4
Z68XP-UD5 (eSATA only)

MSI:
Z68A-GD65
Z68A-GD80 (possibly -- manual doesn't specify whether RAID mode is available)
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