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I'm having a bit of confusion over this, as I've seen it stated both ways.

Some say the Marvell 6GBPS interface is bunk, and that I'll get better benches off the 3GBPS ports on my Mobo, (Which doesn't make sense to me, but whatever.) Anyone have any insight?

I have a Crucial M4 128 and an Asus P6X58D-E

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Personally I would put it in the Marvel 6gbps port, if you have any problems you can always switch it back.
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Yep, you can try 1 run a benchmark, then try the other and make the decision based off your experiences thumb.gif
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Yep, you can try 1 run a benchmark, then try the other and make the decision based off your experiences thumb.gif

I was looking for a bit more anecdotal advice than "Go Test your own system." It is beyond expected that I have tested both in both settings, and the 6 GBPS does give me better benches. But surely there is a reason that people recommend not to use the Marvell ports.
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im pretty sure most people say to use the Intel or AMD (depending on your mobo and cpu) ports over marvell ports. If you dont have any Intel 6gbs ports on your mobo, then i would use the marvell ones. especialy scores on benchmarks over the 3gbs.
    
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Dude on the internet I never expect anyone to do anything. Im not in the market of assuming some does or does not do something.

People tend not to use the Marvell controller because they typically get worse results using it than their 3GBPS ports. Another reason is some people tend to believe that because having the Marvell controllers enabled means its another item for your system to initialized on start up, thus increasing boot times.
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I think the Marvell SATA 6GB/s port would provide you no TRIM support but better read speeds and slightly low write speeds. (performance, endurance degrades with no trim)
While the Intel SATA 3GB/s port would provide you TRIM support and better write speeds with limited read speeds.

If you benchmark them... they both should be quite even?
Edited by tumbirs - 5/13/12 at 9:50am
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I think the Marvell SATA 6GB/s port would provide you no TRIM support but better read speeds and slightly low write speeds. (performance, endurance degrades with no trim)
While the Intel SATA 3GB/s port would provide you TRIM support and better write speeds with limited read speeds.

This is exactly what I was getting. Admittedly I'm not familiar with the function of TRIM - I'll look it up in a minute. Considering this SSD is only for my OS and 2-3 Games, I can't see any reason I'd want better write speeds than read speeds, no?
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i guess it depends how often you plan on moving games on and off your SSD. if you put on 3 games, and they're the only 3 games you want on the ssd, then its no biggie. if your constantly switching them up useing steam mover or somthing, faster wright speeds would make it faster.
    
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post #10 of 12
Better stability and peace of mind on the Intel port any day imho.
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