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I recently installed a Muskin Enhanced Deluxe 240GB SSD on my system. I did a clean install, and have the latest update of Intel RST (even though I couldn't find the most recent one my Sabertooth X58 supported. The install disc had 10.0, the similar X58 boards say 10.5 or 10.8 is most recent update that my ICH10R Intel Sata 3Gb/s ports support). I ran Windows Update, and it put me at 10.5, but went ahead and intalled 11.6 earlier (though after the test, and haven't re-run.
I'm planning to run it again, but I'm waiting until my new Sata cable gets here, as I have a right angle on one end of the one I bought with the SSD, and I had to put a tight bend in it to get it to fit in the mobo ports. The brackets didn't work with my case, and my case only has 2 places to mount, neither of which would let me connect the right angled cable to the SSD).

I followed Sean's guide to the letter, and have just started moving my programs over, but I ran AS SSD early on (some time in the section after the "system setup" section). I have an X58, so I knew it would be gimped until I upgrade (which will be a bit since I just got most of this system in March, and the 680 in late August). My specs in the sig are all current. Even if these are the best specs I'm going to get, will it matter much in real world usage? Are these specs what I should be seeing? I'm looking to mainly boost my gaming prowess, and thus decided to get the SSD instead of investing in SLI (cheaper, and got it sooner than I could have another 680. I will be playing many games that people see improvents from in an SSD like GW2, Diablo3, Skyrim, and TONS more). Since write speed seems to be the most important aspect of drive times when gaming, will I be okay here? I know I can't know until I try, but these benchmark numbers are way less than I expected (since some say that Sata 3Gb/s SSD would give me about 80% of the performance of a Sata 6Gb/s) Any input is appreciated. I love this community, and I'm glad to know you all are there to help out fellow enthusiasts, and I promise to do the same to the best of my ability. Thank you.



Also, I know the Marvell ports are bad, but can they possible be better than this? I have a 1TB Seagate Baracuda on the Intel hub as well, and I will have a 2nd identical HDD hooked up as well (but not sure which port yet). It was my old boot drive, and I wanted to keep it as-is until the SSD was working well. I know the Marvell controller is only one lane, so it is hard to understand why these terrible 3rd party controllers are used at all. I should have done better planning, as I could've gotten a MUCH better system for what I paid (I listened to my boss, and got a similar setup to his), but any PCIe expansion is likely to have the exact limitations of the onboard ports. I will have several drives hooked up when all is said & done (1xSSD, 2xHDD, & 1xODD). Should I hook this 2nd HDD up to the Marvell Sata 6 Gb/s port, or can the Intel ports handle 4 drives hooked up better than the Marvell? Again, thanks for any feedback or help.
   
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Put the SSD on the Sata III.
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Speeds look fine to me. SATA 2 maxes at ~280MB/s. If you like you can test with ATTO to achieve that.

I'd suggest all drives stay on the Intel ports. Optical on the Marvell if you don't have any more room on the native Intel.

Honestly the only difference is mainly in benches for seq. speeds. There is hardly a difference in use b/w SATA 2 and 3 to the end user 90+% of the time.
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Speeds look fine to me. SATA 2 maxes at ~280MB/s. If you like you can test with ATTO to achieve that.
I'd suggest all drives stay on the Intel ports. Optical on the Marvell if you don't have any more room on the native Intel.
Honestly the only difference is mainly in benches for seq. speeds. There is hardly a difference in use b/w SATA 2 and 3 to the end user 90+% of the time.
Cool. Being my first SSD for myself, I was just worried when it's not even half of the Sata 6Gb/s max specs. Thanks, Sean!!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that my WEI went from 5.9 to 7.8 on the hard disk rating (7.7 is my lowest, and that's for both the RAM & the CPU). That made me happy, but the bench just made me wonder if I was missing something.
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