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What the &*$% Intel! Need advice...

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January 31, 2011 8:39:07 PM

I ordered an Asus P8P67 Pro http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=HMMvTCuBcZLfu2YL and an Intel i5 2500k from Newegg on Saturday.
Then this happens...
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/cougar-point-sandy-bri...
It appears that the issue only affects the SATA II 3.0 Gb/s interface and not the SATA III 6.0 Gb/s portion. I mention this because I was wondering if I could get around the issue until I can RMA my board when the new ones come out in April.

This is the boards storage configuration:
Intel® P67 Express Chipset
2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)
4 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell® 9120 controller
2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (navy blue))*
JMicron® JMB362 SATA controller
2 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports*
* These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

I will be using a SATA III Crucial RealSSD CS300 64Gb drive as the OS drive.
I have 2 x SATA II Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Gb drives that will be in Raid 1.
I also have a SATA II DVD Burner

So here is the question... If I put the SSD on the Marvell 9120 6.0 Gb/s controller and the HDD's on the P67 SATA 6.0Gb/s in RAID 1 am I going to have potential trouble by putting the DVD on the 3.0 Gb/s? I only plan on using the DVD burner to install the OS and maybe MS office, then it will just sit there looking pretty until the new p67 reloaded boards come out and I RMA this turd.

This is a nightmare because all the parts have been shipped from different vendors and are coming from all over the USA this week... My wife is already pissed I spent $1600 on my new toy and I can't imagine what she is going to say when I tell her that the toy is broken even before it gets here... Somebody shoot me!

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January 31, 2011 8:50:56 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4142/intel-discovers-bug-...

Anandtech's advice is to stick everything on the 6g/s controller for now. All of the descriptions on the bug I've read is that its a wear/use over time issue where if you have heavy traffic over the controller degradation may start to appear. I think, if you hook everything you can that's important to the 6 Gb/s controller and put the DVD drive(used only for installs) on the Gb/s controller I don't see why it would have a problem until you RMA it to the vendor.
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January 31, 2011 9:26:13 PM

I'm glad that Asus put the Marvell® 9120 controller on this board which added 2 additional SATA 3 ports...
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February 1, 2011 12:30:16 AM

I am exactly in the same boat as you. I bought everything on friday and stuff is being shipped to me now. I plan on using the 4 Sata3 ports till they come out with the new mobo so i can send it back.

Oh well as long as i can use my computer and they replace the mobo i dont care if I have to send it back.
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February 1, 2011 1:17:38 AM

stick with the SATA 6gbps ports as stated previously and RMA later.
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February 1, 2011 5:04:12 PM

Best answer selected by pacioli.
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