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post #661 of 4095
I have a quick question, not about overclocking so much, but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere obvious.

With the Asus M5A99fx Pro R2.0 board, it has the 2 Sata ports that are blue, now BIOS says they are Ext ports, and the specs sheet says they are part of the ASMEDIA PCIe Sata Controller, which is a different controller than the others, which run off the AMD SB950 controller. But what exactly are they used for? And can they be used as extra Hard Drive or Optical Drive ports?
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Originally Posted by Destrto View Post

I have a quick question, not about overclocking so much, but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere obvious.

With the Asus M5A99fx Pro R2.0 board, it has the 2 Sata ports that are blue, now BIOS says they are Ext ports, and the specs sheet says they are part of the ASMEDIA PCIe Sata Controller, which is a different controller than the others, which run off the AMD SB950 controller. But what exactly are they used for? And can they be used as extra Hard Drive or Optical Drive ports?
Ports shown here >>

I believe they are the SATA 6 ports, where as the white ones are SATA 3.
post #663 of 4095
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Originally Posted by Destrto View Post

I have a quick question, not about overclocking so much, but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere obvious.

With the Asus M5A99fx Pro R2.0 board, it has the 2 Sata ports that are blue, now BIOS says they are Ext ports, and the specs sheet says they are part of the ASMEDIA PCIe Sata Controller, which is a different controller than the others, which run off the AMD SB950 controller. But what exactly are they used for? And can they be used as extra Hard Drive or Optical Drive ports?
Ports shown here >>

As long as they're enabled in the bios (should be by default) then you can use them as internal. If you have a boot drive or optical connected, you may need to enable a bootable option under the Asmedia Sata controller in the bios. Otherwise, they seem to work as any other sata port in the OS for storage drives (I didn't notice a different hooked to the 2 Asmedia ports for storage on my CHVFZ)
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As long as they're enabled in the bios (should be by default) then you can use them as internal. If you have a boot drive or optical connected, you may need to enable a bootable option under the Asmedia Sata controller in the bios. Otherwise, they seem to work as any other sata port in the OS for storage drives (I didn't notice a different hooked to the 2 Asmedia ports for storage on my CHVFZ)

That makes sense. They are enabled within BIOS. I was just curious as they are under the eSata portion, which made me think they were only used for External sata.
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I believe they are the SATA 6 ports, where as the white ones are SATA 3.
They say all of the Sata ports are Sata6 on the spec sheet online.

From the looking around I did, It seems as though the only difference is that they are ran by 2 different Chipsets.
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That makes sense. They are enabled within BIOS. I was just curious as they are under the eSata portion, which made me think they were only used for External sata.
They say all of the Sata ports are Sata6 on the spec sheet online.

From the looking around I did, It seems as though the only difference is that they are ran by 2 different Chipsets.

I think you're right.
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The five white ones (4horizontal +1vertical) are controlled by the southbridge (sb950).
The blue ones pair with a seperate controller (asmedia).

Your storage devices should always be connected to the white slots for better performance.
Only reason to use the blue is if you setup a raid array, due to possible conflicts and generally
known limitations of the sb950 s/b.

As for prime95 reporting errors check the version. From v27.7 avx commands are supported
and it should not report errors. My cpu was reporting errors even with optimized default settings
when i put this rig together. I read in several threads people stating thats its a prime95 issue but
i have come to believe its not.

After testing and crosschecking results i have found three major reason for prime95 errors.

1st Outdated version of prime95

2nd With default settings (Auto voltages) most m/bs tend to overvolt and unlike many other
platforms, piledriver doesn't tolerate overvolting, even within thermal specs.

3rd Because Amd decided that an Octacore can fit in a ****ty 45euro m/b, doesn't mean
it can work properly. Most 4+1 phase m/b cannot provide enough juice, if you're unlucky and
your cpu is power hungry (like mine 1.44v for 4.4ghz)

As for oc'ed cpus, to be fully stable, they must be able to pass any stress test
supporting avx commands (including prime95 v27.7).
The above statement take it for granted, i have thoroughly tested it.

2
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The five white ones (4horizontal +1vertical) are controlled by the southbridge (sb950).
The blue ones pair with a seperate controller (asmedia).

Your storage devices should always be connected to the white slots for better performance.
Only reason to use the blue is if you setup a raid array, due to possible conflicts and generally
known limitations of the sb950 s/b.

As for prime95 reporting errors check the version. From v27.7 avx commands are supported
and it should not report errors. My cpu was reporting errors even with optimized default settings
when i put this rig together. I read in several threads people stating thats its a prime95 issue but
i have come to believe its not.

After testing and crosschecking results i have found three major reason for prime95 errors.

1st Outdated version of prime95

2nd With default settings (Auto voltages) most m/bs tend to overvolt and unlike many other
platforms, piledriver doesn't tolerate overvolting, even within thermal specs.

3rd Because Amd decided that an Octacore can fit in a ****ty 45euro m/b, doesn't mean
it can work properly. Most 4+1 phase m/b cannot provide enough juice, if you're unlucky and
your cpu is power hungry (like mine 1.44v for 4.4ghz)

As for oc'ed cpus, to be fully stable, they must be able to pass any stress test
supporting avx commands (including prime95 v27.7).
The above statement take it for granted, i have thoroughly tested it.

2

Thanks for the extra details about the Sata connectors on the Mobo. If I'm understanding you correctly, I should move my RAID drives over to the Blue Ports?

As for Prime95, I have the latest build, and atleast for my particular system, regardless of what I tried, stock, overclocked or what else, it would not run without giving some error. My CPU does not seem to be as power hungry as yours, I'm running 4.5Ghz at 1.368V. Prime 95 will, however, run a good number of hours without issues, but eventually it does. Usually after the 7-8 hour mark.

I appreciate the information you've given. It definitely gives myself and possibly others, a better idea of what other causes for instability may be.
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Thanks for the extra details about the Sata connectors on the Mobo. If I'm understanding you correctly, I should move my RAID drives over to the Blue Ports?

As for Prime95, I have the latest build, and atleast for my particular system, regardless of what I tried, stock, overclocked or what else, it would not run without giving some error. My CPU does not seem to be as power hungry as yours, I'm running 4.5Ghz at 1.368V. Prime 95 will, however, run a good number of hours without issues, but eventually it does. Usually after the 7-8 hour mark.

I appreciate the information you've given. It definitely gives myself and possibly others, a better idea of what other causes for instability may be.

If you aren't experiencing issues with your raid setup as it is why change it, "if something isn't broken don't try to fix it" lol
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If you aren't experiencing issues with your raid setup as it is why change it, "if something isn't broken don't try to fix it" lol

Speaking on that note, I tried switching them to the blue ports,and Bios would only recognize them as 2 separate drives. So using the blue ports was not successful.

I wm keeping all of my drives connected to the white ports as everything is working as intended currently.
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post #670 of 4095
Hi! First, sorry for my english.
So, I've got a problem with my mobo. If I try to set higher 'FSB' (host clock) for example 220 then my memory and NB and HT clocks get higher. That's okay i set them lowe (memories on 14xx, NB 2200, HT2640, sorry i dont remember the numbers.. ) Then I save it reset, and after it just dont beep this machine... And nothing on screen. Then reboot (long press power button, to power off) it says 'last boot was failed...' so i just enter the UEFI and there i can see: memory: 14xx, NB: 2400, HT 2860(!!)

Si i think it just dont save my NB and HT clocks, and my mobo still run them at 11x220 and 13*220. What can i do? (im running 1503 bios)

And my mobo is: M5A99FX PRO R2.0
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