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ASUS Rampage III Extreme
120GB SATA III Patriot Wildfire SSD
2 x 1TB Western Digital in RAID 0


I have my two WD drives in RAID 0 and seeing pretty good benchmarks from crystal disk for read/write but im 50% of where I should be with the Patriot SSD it appears I am not taking advantage of the SATA III and I am getting SATA II speeds. I have it hooked into the SATA 6GB/S socket (the red one) using the white 6GB/S cable that came with the board. I contacted Patriot and asked them why my speeds were so low and they replied;

"Thank you for supporting our products. The low read/write speed match the read/write speed of SATA 2 and not of SATA 3. I suggest checking to make sure that you have the latest BIOS, SATA drivers update. Also please check to make sure that you have your SATA set to AHCI and not IDE in BIOS." Patriot Memory Technical Support

I went to the BIOS and could not see the drives in the main tab how do I change it from IDE to AHCI then?

Thanks!
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ASUS Rampage III Extreme
120GB SATA III Patriot Wildfire SSD
2 x 1TB Western Digital in RAID 0


I have my two WD drives in RAID 0 and seeing pretty good benchmarks from crystal disk for read/write but im 50% of where I should be with the Patriot SSD it appears I am not taking advantage of the SATA III and I am getting SATA II speeds. I have it hooked into the SATA 6GB/S socket (the red one) using the white 6GB/S cable that came with the board. I contacted Patriot and asked them why my speeds were so low and they replied;

"Thank you for supporting our products. The low read/write speed match the read/write speed of SATA 2 and not of SATA 3. I suggest checking to make sure that you have the latest BIOS, SATA drivers update. Also please check to make sure that you have your SATA set to AHCI and not IDE in BIOS." Patriot Memory Technical Support

I went to the BIOS and could not see the drives in the main tab how do I change it from IDE to AHCI then?

Thanks!
If your harddrives are set to RAID already, and the SSD is connected to the same controller, then it should already be in AHCI/RAID mode.

I believe your drives are likely not connected to the same controller if you're plugging them into different color ports (and X58 doesn't natively support Sata 6GB/s).

You may have to scan bios for your secondary SATA controllers configuration page, and make sure it's set to AHCI or RAID.
    
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I have an Asus P67 Sabretooth and it only shows the boot drive (OCZ Agility 3), but I can see both of my other hard drives (2 cav blacks) once in windows.
Since everything is working as advertised I assumed it was a quirk of the Asus bios.

Does your Mobo manual state the default setting?. AHCI in my case.

I'd google instructions on how to check for the OS you are using.
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I have my two 1TB WD drives in raid 0 connected to the same SATA controller and then my 120GB Patriot connected to the second port in the red SATA controller with nothing else in there. I looked through and didn't see a "scan" option for secondary SATA controllers but i'll take another look thanks.
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I have my two 1TB WD drives in raid 0 connected to the same SATA controller and then my 120GB Patriot connected to the second port in the red SATA controller with nothing else in there. I looked through and didn't see a "scan" option for secondary SATA controllers but i'll take another look thanks.
If you're plugging your drives into different color ports on a X58 motherboard, then they're likely not on the same controller.

No, I didn't mean that there was a "scan" option, but you would likely have to look for information on the second hard drive controller in a separate menu from your RAID drives.

Edit: Look for options regarding your Marvell® PCIe 9128 controller. If your HDDs are connected to grey ports then they're running from the Intel ICH10R (the controller packaged with Intel's southbridge).
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If you're plugging your drives into different color ports on a X58 motherboard, then they're likely not on the same controller.

No, I didn't mean that there was a "scan" option, but you would likely have to look for information on the second hard drive controller in a separate menu from your RAID drives.

Edit: Look for options regarding your Marvell® PCIe 9128 controller. If your HDDs are connected to grey ports then they're running from the Intel ICH10R (the controller packaged with Intel's southbridge).
Yeah HDDS are connected to the grey ones, SSD is in the red one.

Does it matter which slot the SSD is in? Is it like memory/graphics cards where there is a set order in which they go in or do you think it doesn't matter
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Just blue screened last night I got some real issues here I dont even know where to start.
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The red plugs on your R3E are the Marvel 6Gb/s (SATA III) ports. A lot of people have problems with drives connected to the Marvel ports on Asus X58 boads. To set the Marvell ports to AHCI look on page 3-27 of your manual "Marvel 9123 Controller", in your BIOS it will probable show up as "Onboard SATA6G Controller" If you want to use the Marvell controller you are going to probably have to update the Marvell drivers, BIOS and firmware. In order to update the BIOS and Firmware you will have to install a modified R3E 1301 BIOS. Go read this thread for details.
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1055256...g-another.html

Here is another thread with more info and links to updated drivers and modified R3E 1301 BIOS.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...on-marvel.html

If your WD Raid0 is on the grey connectors then that is the Intel 3Gb/s (SATA II) ports and those are set to AHCI, you could just move you SSD to the Intel SATA II ports)

When it comes to the SSD and the Marvell vs. Intel ports, you will get better overall performance off the Intel ports anyway.

If you really want the SSD on the Marvell ports then update the Marvell drivers, BIOS and firmware. I have updated my Marvell port to the 1.2.0.1003 WHQL drivers and installed the modified R3E 1301 BIOS from xtremesystems (you can get to in from one of the above OCN links). My SSD runs fine on the Marvell port, but I moved it back to the Intel port since I was disappointed in my AS SSD bencmarks on the Marvell port.
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The red plugs on your R3E are the Marvel 6Gb/s (SATA III) ports. A lot of people have problems with drives connected to the Marvel ports on Asus X58 boads. To set the Marvell ports to AHCI look on page 3-27 of your manual "Marvel 9123 Controller", in your BIOS it will probable show up as "Onboard SATA6G Controller" If you want to use the Marvell controller you are going to probably have to update the Marvell drivers, BIOS and firmware. In order to update the BIOS and Firmware you will have to install a modified R3E 1301 BIOS. Go read this thread for details.
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/1055256...g-another.html

Here is another thread with more info and links to updated drivers and modified R3E 1301 BIOS.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...on-marvel.html

If your WD Raid0 is on the grey connectors then that is the Intel 3Gb/s (SATA II) ports and those are set to AHCI, you could just move you SSD to the Intel SATA II ports)

When it comes to the SSD and the Marvell vs. Intel ports, you will get better overall performance off the Intel ports anyway.

If you really want the SSD on the Marvell ports then update the Marvell drivers, BIOS and firmware. I have updated my Marvell port to the 1.2.0.1003 WHQL drivers and installed the modified R3E 1301 BIOS from xtremesystems (you can get to in from one of the above OCN links). My SSD runs fine on the Marvell port, but I moved it back to the Intel port since I was disappointed in my AS SSD bencmarks on the Marvell port.
Thank you for the information, it seems that I should have spent the extra money and went for the R3 Black instead of the Extreme edition.

1. If I plug it into the grey ports, should I still be using the white 6GB/s SATA III cable? Or does it not matter?
2. I believe the "WD Raid0 is on the grey connectors" is set to RAID and not AHCI, should this be an issue if I do decide to put the SSD on the intel controllers and if so I'm not sure I can change it without getting an error on the WD drives.
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