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Just got off the phone with LSI and I was told that there are some known issues with V4 compatibility. He hinted at OCZ's Indilinx controller. I am not sure if I am buying that.
I guess we will have to see what happens with a different set f SSD's? 800-633-4545 It might be interesting too see if you get the same response.
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I just got done with an open case with LSI and basically they said it's not running as fast as it should and to contact ASRock. That's it. mad.gif


BTW this is an eight 128 GB Vertex 4 RAID setup on a higher end LSI RAID card:



While his seq read/writes aren't where they should be and are about as fast as mine, his 4k-64Third blows my speed out of the water. Same drives, same firmware.
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Different cluster size?
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Originally Posted by CallsignVega View Post

I've been through the BIOS many times and there are only a few options for the LSI controller. Enable/disable it, allow it as a boot up device, and select Gen2/Gen3 PCI-E. Both PCI-E speed settings provide the same result. Which is to be expected when my speeds aren't fast enough for some reason to saturate PCI-E 2.0 8x.
I shot off a support request to ASRock yesterday but haven't heard anything yet.

Vega,

Try to see if this works. Connect a drive (or two) to the NON-LSI adapters (so Intel X79 for instance) as your BOOT DRIVE. Boot into Windows and then set up the 8 SSDs as a RAID array that is a secondary drive (not C: drive). See if that enables its full speed.

I am wondering whether having the LSI adapter's boot ROM enabled is crappy and that's why it's slow (?).

On my ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer which has 2 SAS ports (by MARVELL), if you enable it as a BOOT device, it is slow as hell. I have it as a scratch disk (RAID-0 array of 2 15k RPM SAS drives) for my Adobe production suite and it is FAST. As a boot device, it is pathetic. In the BIOS for me, there is an option to turn off the SAS ports as "bootable".
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I wish we could see Crucial or some other SSD's to narrow this problem down.
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I started a new thread regarding the AE 11 in order centralize everything. http://www.overclock.net/t/1289956/asrock-x79-extreme-11-owners-issues-hopefully-fixes
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Vega,
Try to see if this works. Connect a drive (or two) to the NON-LSI adapters (so Intel X79 for instance) as your BOOT DRIVE. Boot into Windows and then set up the 8 SSDs as a RAID array that is a secondary drive (not C: drive). See if that enables its full speed.
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Hm, interesting. Seq read/write and 4k numbers stayed the same but 4k-64Thrd numbers jumped up by 250%. I wonder if it's because doing it this way Windows 7 uses memory cache or something? Still doesn't explain why the Seq read is still so low.

Plus of course it is no longer bootable with this config and you'd have to keep Win 7 on the two Intel 6GB ports or something.
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Don't pay attention to any of that wording. Just use slots 1, 3, 5. You will have to use two PLX chips regards so which slots yoh use doesn't matter.
On another note, using the LSI RAID controller with 8x Vertex 4's isn't giving me anywhere near the speed I thought it would. Trying to see if there is some sort of driver problem or what. Does anyone here have LSI card experience?

I just got an email back from ASRock about the 3-way SLI issue. They basically said the same thing. Here's what they wrote me:
Quote:
Hi,

Please use PCIe 1 , 3 , 5 slots to match with 3way SLI bride connector which come with mainboard.

Thank you

ASRock America Support Team

I guess the instructions in the manual are faulty.
Edited by Vvt1978 - 8/3/12 at 3:37pm
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Got done talking with LSI tech support. According to them the 2308 chip is one of their newest chips and it is no slouch. Without external RAM it can do 600,000 IO's/second and should not be running nearly this slow. They included this link:

http://www.lsi.com/downloads/Public/SAS%20ICs/SAS2308%20product%20brief.pdf

Quote from LSI tech: "I know Vertex and LSI had some issues in earlier stages and I do believe the engineers from both LSI and Vertex have worked on performance as best as they can."

That doesn't sound too encouraging... I may have to order a couple of M4's to test them out and see if it is indeed the LSI RAID chip not working properly, or some conflict between the Vertex 4 and the LSI chip not playing nice as originally suspected.
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New BIOS is up 1.20, seem no big changes.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79%20Extreme11/?cat=Download&o=BIOS
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