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Sata III Corsair SSD on a mxi x58 pro-e

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January 23, 2012 5:11:05 PM

Can I use this sata 3 ssd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... on this msi x58 pro motherboard http://us.msi.com/product/mb/X58-Pro-E.html#/?div=Detai...

If I'm reading correctly this ssd is backwards compatible.

Thanks for your help in advance
a b V Motherboard
January 23, 2012 6:50:44 PM

Yes, just plug into first Sata II slot. Will lose some performance. Primarily on the Sequencial read/writes. But this is the LEAST important parameter for an OS +Program drive.
For installation of Windows (recommend a freash Install), first disconnect all HDD, reconnect after the Windows installation is complete
Don't forget to verify/set AHCI mode in BIOS.

When installation is complete, down load and install Intels RST driver (Newest is 10.8 I believe.

Down load AS SSD - don't need to run Bench marks unless you want to. But Look at upper left, it will:
Identify SSD and latest firmware
Should show driver = msahci, after update driver to Intel then should read iaSTor.
Will show that partion alignment is correct.

ENJOY
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January 23, 2012 7:17:06 PM

Correct, SATA3 Ports are backwards compatible BUT Intel SATA2 Ports are limited to 290MB/s~295MB/s. The Corsair SSD is 525 MB/s Read and 490 MB/s Write.

IMO for a few bucks more get a 128GB SSD, 60GB is way too small ; OCZ Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Most of the 'issues' in the feedback and with most SSD's is because folks fail to match-up BIOS = AHCI <=> Start = 0 and instead Windows is improperly set to Start = 3 = IDE and the wrong drivers are loaded.

Use 'Fix It' or correctly set the registry values; see -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\IastorV

Also, make certain the Firmware is up to date if available; see -> http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/

This is common for all SSD's.
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