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I've been hearing the m4 has top notch garbage collection, so why not run it on a marvell sata 6gig?
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Also would also like to know as I want an M4 on my RIIIE.
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The main reason not to run these drives on the Marvell port is because it is a pretty poor controller. You will almost certainly get better speeds on a SATA 3Gb/s Intel port. You will definitely get better random reads and writes which are much more important for an OS drive.

GC is a good way to keep your drive in good health in an environment where TRIM is not working. If you have TRIM working ok then I have never seen a convincing argument as to why GC is even needed. So, people running SSD RAID setups will need to rely on GC.

The best way to get GC to kick in is to log out of youw Windows account, and leave the machine at the log in prompt overnight.
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if marvell is so garbage, why do all these companies keep sticking em on their motherboard? is there some limitation not allowing them to just use more intel chips instead of the marvell?
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if marvell is so garbage, why do all these companies keep sticking em on their motherboard? is there some limitation not allowing them to just use more intel chips instead of the marvell?
One word. Marketing.
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I just encountered a problem. I tried switching my ssd from a sata 3gig port to a sata 6gig port and windows would not boot. It brought up a prompt telling me that a hardware change has occured and to insert the windows disc, so i switched back to sata 3gig and it booted up again. Anyway around this?
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I think you need to reselect your boot drive. Also, do what windows is asking. It should fix it.
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I think you all need to learn what I learned the hard way this evening, and ditch that Marvell controller for a SSD.

I'm getting 190 MB/s sequential on my sig rig's M4 (latest firmware), all because of the Marvell controller (was at 325 before a driver "update"). I have yet to see SATA 6Gb/s speed, and it has a random 2-3 second stutter, just using it for desktop use.

I'd take the drive on a 3Gb/s Intel controller anyday after using this Marvell for a few hours now. If you've got the Intel controller on RAID mode, so what? RAID mode supports AHCI!!! I wish somebody would have told ME that yesterday before I installed on the Marvell.
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Oh my goodness it the marvell controller terrible. It was the first one I installed my SSD on earlier this year and it got horrendous speeds and was getting silly performance issues (stutters, bsods). The Intel controllers are so much better on intel boards, not a hiccup
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