Two years ago I built my first computer with no previous building experience. For the past two years my computer has been running perfect. However, I need to make some changes because I purchased a larger SSD for my OS and programs drive.
Current GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (rev 2.0) Motherboard layout:
HDD: 2x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX as RAID 1 on Marvell 9128 controlled SATA 6Gb/s connectors
SSD: 128GB Intel X25-M SSD on the ICH10R controlled Sata 3Gb/s connector
I will be reinstalling Windows 7 Pro on a new 240GB Intel 330 Series SSD which is SATA 6.0Gb/s compatible. After doing some research, I was surprised to see this motherboard has been getting slammed for the past year or so for various failures and specifically the Marvell SATA3 driver. My board has been solid by I always suspected that the Marvell SATA3 ports weren't what they were cracked up to be.
Right now I get an average 97 MB/s on my HDD SATA3 raid configuration. My X25-M SSD gets 210 MB/s on the ICH connector.
Should I move my HDD raid 1 away from Marvell and onto Intel's ICH10R? If so, does that entail me reformatting both drives or is it as simple as plugging it into the new ports? I have all the latest drivers for all ports installed.
Should I install my new SSD on the Marvell SATA3 or stick with the ICH10R controllers?