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Don't bother with SSD Caching. Use your SSD for your OS and most used applications. Use your mechanical drives for games / storage. And use the Intel ports for the SSD.

As far as AMD Drivers, the latest WHQL drivers (the 12.2's that are available when you search for a driver) are so far the best ones in my experience. You can try the RC11 beta's that were the first drivers for the card, but honestly I have yet to have a problem with the WHQL's.

Is your card at stock or overclocking it? If its at stock, then the latest WHQL drivers shouldn't be causing a problem. If you're overclocking, there's certain steps you should take.
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Did you update the firmware on the SSD prior to do all this?
How big is the SSD?
Also when installing WIn7 on the SSD make sure you do not ahve any other hard drive connected.
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The problem appears to have been the Marvell ports....after doing some digging on how SSD caching works I understand now that the SSD shouldnt be plugged into those ports unless it is a secondary drive and also if you have a regular disk drive to couple with it so its contents can be cached...

Next Issue.....the thing I hate about ASUS...How do I know which drivers on their page to get and which ones to leave? Can someone clue me in please...Also for windows updates should I bother with any of their optional updates that have to do with my monitor and other accessories etc?

Also something peculiar happened with the last install yesterday....with all 3 monitors hooked up the one in the center would shut off anytime it was outside of windows.....ie if I restarted the PC the center monitor shut off and the left and right ones stayed on while it was booting or while I was in the UEFI...as soon as I got into windows the center monitor came on and joined the others....any ideas about this?
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The problem appears to have been the Marvell ports....after doing some digging on how SSD caching works I understand now that the SSD shouldnt be plugged into those ports unless it is a secondary drive and also if you have a regular disk drive to couple with it so its contents can be cached...

Next Issue.....the thing I hate about ASUS...How do I know which drivers on their page to get and which ones to leave? Can someone clue me in please...Also for windows updates should I bother with any of their optional updates that have to do with my monitor and other accessories etc?

Also something peculiar happened with the last install yesterday....with all 3 monitors hooked up the one in the center would shut off anytime it was outside of windows.....ie if I restarted the PC the center monitor shut off and the left and right ones stayed on while it was booting or while I was in the UEFI...as soon as I got into windows the center monitor came on and joined the others....any ideas about this?

Yeah, SSD caching only works with a mech drive installed to cache to. Honestly its a pointless thing to do, if you're going to use the SSD as a boot drive anyway.

Drivers...I never install any of the motherboard drivers, unless something isn't working (like LAN ports). Otherwise, I install my GPU and sound card drivers. That's it. Never had a problem thus far by doing so either. When I use the Asus drivers for my motherboard and SATA ports...I get some odd stutter problem, even on the desktop. That's why I quit using them.

The monitor thing, probably has to do with which ports on your GPU are used as the primary ports. Because by default (without drivers for the video card) you can only output to 2 displays. Not really an issue honestly, since once you're in Windows all 3 work anyway.
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post #15 of 15
Hop into your device manager and see which driver has the question mark next to it, go over to ASUS's site and only download those few.
I never install any of the software it 'highly highly recommends' as I simply don't need it.

As far as the monitor, what are the connections like, is one of them a different one than the other?
Have you tried switching the left or right monitor to the port the center was on?
Find out if it's a monitor issue or a card issue; more likely center is probably on the miniDVI/miniHDMI and just doesn't initialize until drivers are fully initialized.
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