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Looking for some information for my new board. (Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3854#ov)

The board has seven SATA ports (and one esata), but it gets confusing after that.
The Z68 Chipset controls:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors

and also a Marvell 88SE9172 chip that controls:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

So what is the deal with the Marvell chip? Anything I should know about it vs standard chipset? Thanks for the help.
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Good question. I enquired about this a week to go but didn't really find an answer.
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its a new edition of marvel SE9123 which was the non raid 9128, now we have 9182 which is the RAID version of 9172 and 9182 is really damn good.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sin0822;13802851 
its a new edition of marvel SE9123 which was the non raid 9128, now we have 9182 which is the RAID version of 9172 and 9182 is really damn good.

So how would you recommend it's implementation? Controlling Boot Disk, storage drives, optical media, does it matter?

I know it has it's own drivers & management software from the z68 chipset. Does that figure into its use also?
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yes it has its own driver that you would need to install. I have a board here with that chip on there, the UD3H from gigabyte, so ill test it out later to see if its upto the performance single drive wise of the 9182 which is pretty impressive. It should be though, as it should be the 9182 without the RAID capabilities.

Nah you can actually just hook up a drive to it and not install drivers and windows will install its own driver for the controller.

Honestly just use the PCH Z68 for your main drives and use the marvell for optical.
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Yah I owuld only use the Marvel if you run out of the other ones.
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It's a bit of a weird board. You can see it here:
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The bottom blue ports are connected to the Marvel, but not the single blue port (why confusing colors Gigabyte?). The grey's are the 6gp/s and the whites are the 3 gp/s as is the single blue.

As it is right now, I have a HD & OD on the Marvel, and there was a bit of an issue (would loose connection to the OD)
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Originally Posted by Sin0822;13803842 
ill test it out later to see if its upto the performance single drive wise of the 9182 which is pretty impressive. It should be though, as it should be the 9182 without the RAID capabilities.

Honestly just use the PCH Z68 for your main drives and use the marvell for optical.

Love to hear what you find out about performance. Thanks!
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Anyone got any more information on this?
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post #9 of 13
I found out that Marvell SE9172 is actually ok for an SSD, its 4K random speeds are up there, which is what lacked. Its better in 4K than Intel SATA6G.

but for sequential large files movments, intel is better.

marvel SE9182 is better than both.
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post #10 of 13
Hey @Sin0822
I just bought a new rig => http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z68A-GD80--B3-.html

and I've setup my SSD => http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-agility-3-sata-iii-2-5-ssd.html

on the Marvell SATA 7 Port. It says it's a "SATAIII / eSATAIII controller integrated in Marvell® 88SE9128 chipset "
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sin0822;14508976 
marvel SE9182 is better than both.

So you reckon I've done the right thing? Did you run tests on both?
Ow one more quick thing should I be running it on IDE or ACHI?

Shot bud! biggrin.gif
Edited by alistairnel - 9/27/11 at 4:25am
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