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I have a Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard. I am looking to purchase an SSD and I'm quite interested in the Corsair Force GT 120 GB. I have also been looking at the Vertex 3, the Intel 510 series drives, and the Crucial M4. I am most interested in the Corsair though.

One problem. I don't know if my motherboard has the proper controller to take advantage of these drive's incredible speeds. From what I hear there are Marvel controllers and Intel controllers. I do not know which one I have, and I'm not sure which one is better! I have heard however that their is a difference, and that it can be a large smack to the face when you put the SSD in and it performs well below expected performance due to your controller!

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
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Your board has Intel, Marvell, and JMicron SATA controllers.

You will want to use the Intel SATA ports. In fact, you can disable the Marvell and JMicron controllers in BIOS to avoid having a double splash screen at post.

When you first set it up, before you install your OS, make sure to go into BIOS and enable AHCI (it probably will be set to this as a default, but it never hurts to check). You will have slower speeds from your SSD if it's set to IDE.

As for the SSD itself, I'm partial to Intel. They may not be the fastest, but they are certainly fast enough, and for me, I'd rather have what I consider to be the most dependable.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

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This motherboards Intel sata ports are only sata 3. Buying any one of those drives and hooking it up to them will knock your speed down to the point where you're better off staying with a sata 2 ssd.

The Crucial m4 and Intel 510 have a lot less problems than the others by far.

By the m4, hook it up to the marvell controller. Problem solved.
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Originally Posted by mcg75 View Post
By the m4, hook it up to the marvell controller. Problem solved.
You made me angry when you recommended it.. I will just chill and say: NEVER use marvell controller on any board. Period.

If you are still wondering why, find my other posts on that matter or just make an independent research.

Also, regarding the speed drop of using a SATA III SSD with SATA II controller - it's insignificant. You get much better 4k speeds on faster drives and they don't get bottlenecked by SATA II controller. 4k speeds are most important for OS opeartions. Forget about sequential speeds (those that get quoted most of the time - pure marketing), they are only good for transfering large files.
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