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ASUS P6X58D-E: Which Marvell Driver for M4 SSD?

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October 5, 2011 4:08:52 PM

I am building a new system based on this board (i7 960, 24Gb) and am trying to work out whether to update the Marvell 9128 drivers to the 1.2.0.1002 level. From a few searches, it looks like there are stability and throughput issues reported on the standard 1.0.0.1036 version.

I want to use the first Marvell port for a Crucial M4 SSD as the OS drive, the other for a Vraptor 300 for use for paging and photoshop scratch. I have filled the Intel ports with a pair of raid 1s (2x2tb and 2x1tb), an optical and an e-Sata port.

The 1.2.0.1002 driver is beta, but seems to have given good results on other boards using the same chipset. Has anybody experience of using on the P6X58D-E (not WS, Pro or Premium)?

Thanks Richard


October 15, 2011 2:09:01 PM

I have the 1.2.0.1002 driver for my Marvel 9128 controller on a P67A-GD65(B3). But I have experienced some troubles with my computer not recognizing the drive at boot. Easily enough, I just have to turn off the computer for a minute and it always turns back on.
I found your thread looking for answers and thought I would give my .2 cents. I've read up on people having massively worse issues than me, so the driver would be safe.

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October 15, 2011 2:32:14 PM
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The V1.2.0.1002 for Windows Vista/7 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL) is not a beta.

The Crucial M4 read of 415MB/s will never be reached on ANY Marvell 912X, it's a PCIe x1 on a 'shared' lane. So expect on ATTO to crap-out around 360MB/s~380MB/s.

Also, move the Raptor off the SATA3 Marvell, at best it's 140MB/s~150MB/s and no where near the SATA2 limit of 300MB/s (real world 280MB/s~295MB/s). I see you're filled to the brim ;) 

If you want faster then you'll need either a Marvell 918X X58 MOBO (cheaper option), or an e.g. LSI x4 or x8 Dedicated RAID Card.

Officially Marvell V1.0.0.1034 is tested on your MOBO, but I've used V1.0.0.1045 from R3EB - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1366/Ramp... with no issues.

You can use the Marvell V1.2.0.1002 from P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 Marvell 9128 - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6... you can test it, it is WHQL ;) 
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October 15, 2011 2:34:50 PM

mtxmomoaudio said:
I have the 1.2.0.1002 driver for my Marvel 9128 controller on a P67A-GD65(B3).

Use the Intel SATA3 ports, they are full SATA3 speeds (550MB/+) - Supports two SATAIII ports (SATA1~2) by P67 (B3) PCH.
October 22, 2011 4:55:16 PM

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December 31, 2011 10:17:41 AM

jaquith said:
The V1.2.0.1002 for Windows Vista/7 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL) is not a beta.

The Crucial M4 read of 415MB/s will never be reached on ANY Marvell 912X, it's a PCIe x1 on a 'shared' lane. So expect on ATTO to crap-out around 360MB/s~380MB/s.

Also, move the Raptor off the SATA3 Marvell, at best it's 140MB/s~150MB/s and no where near the SATA2 limit of 300MB/s (real world 280MB/s~295MB/s). I see you're filled to the brim ;) 

If you want faster then you'll need either a Marvell 918X X58 MOBO (cheaper option), or an e.g. LSI x4 or x8 Dedicated RAID Card.

Officially Marvell V1.0.0.1034 is tested on your MOBO, but I've used V1.0.0.1045 from R3EB - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1366/Ramp... with no issues.

You can use the Marvell V1.2.0.1002 from P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 Marvell 9128 - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6... you can test it, it is WHQL ;) 

Hi jaquith, thanks for all your posts on the P5x58D-E and Marvel controller. I've had the board for a little over a year, and I've just made a fresh SSD install (M4 128GB) and I'm trying to work out how best to set-up the system. After reading several discussions of problems on the net, I decided to start with the Marvel v 1.0.00.1045. It was only a couple of hours before my first bsod, but I hadn't yet followed the connections advice (I made the connections a year ago and my DVD was connected to sata4).

I have now connected my DVD drive to sata6, my 4 HDDs to 1-4 and my SSD to 6gbs sata2 (I think it's 2, not 1 - the once closest to the board).
My bios is on version 303. I've tried using Asus Update, but that's not working. I don't know if it's important.
My M4 has the latest firmware version 0009.

Any idea what the current best plan is, to use Marvel 1.0.0.1045, or 1.2.0.1002 - or give up and use a Sata2 connection (which appears to be the advice from some internet discussions).

Many thanks for any advice.

Mike
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