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Raid 0 setup with Samsung 840 Pro SSD??

post #1 of 73
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I am a newbie at building gaming Machines but have managed to get this far.

These are my hardware specs:
1) Intel i7 3930K



2) Video card PNY VCGGTX6804XPB GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


3) Motherboard Asus Rampage 1V Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 Sata 6GB/S USB 3.0 extended ATX motherboard


4) Memory G.SKILL RipjawsZ F3-19200CL10Q2-64GBZHD 64GB 8X8GB DDR3-2400 CL10 240PIN Memory Kit



5)Hard drives 2 SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) in raid 0 configuration
5A) 1 Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD( for OS and APPS)




6) Storage Hard drive Western Digital Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200RPM SATA3/SATA 6.0 GB/s 64MB Desktop Hard Drive (3.5 inch)



7) Power supply Corsair CMPSU-1200AX 1200-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 140mm Fan, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Model#: CMPSU-1200AX



8) Blu-Ray burner LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) –



9) Corsair Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler Liquid cooling system $



10) Cooler Master HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel & Plastic ATX Full Tower Gaming Case (Black)

The Rampage iv Extreme Motherboard has 4 , Serial 6Gb/s connectors. 2 Intel X79 and 2 ASMedia Serial ATA and 4 Intel Serial ATA 2GB/s connectors.

I installed windows 8 Pro on the Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD. I have that connected to one of the two Intel X79 Serial 6Gb/s connector.

I have two other 250GB ssd's that I would Like to use in a Raid 0 Configuration. I was thinking of using the 2 ASMedia Serial ATA connections for this but was not sure if Trim would work ???
I am trying to use the faster Serial 6Gb/s connectors for the Raid 0 configuration??

This computer will be used for Video rendering and compression and a little gaming.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 73
It is Intels software that does the Raid, so only the Intel ports work with raid. Also, you can't boot from the AS media drives ports. I had a dual boot with 840 Pros in Raid 0 and a Vertex 3 and I just had to run the Vertex 3 on Sata II.

Also, no trim in Raid 0 on X79 without going through some hoops with modded bioses and drivers.
post #3 of 73
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Originally Posted by thebski View Post

It is Intels software that does the Raid, so only the Intel ports work with raid. Also, you can't boot from the AS media drives ports. I had a dual boot with 840 Pros in Raid 0 and a Vertex 3 and I just had to run the Vertex 3 on Sata II.

Also, no trim in Raid 0 on X79 without going through some hoops with modded bioses and drivers.

Thanks thebski for your help.

Ok , so If I understand what your saying is I have to use the Intel Sata 2 ports for the raid 0. I now have the 128GB SSD with Windows 8 on it in the Intel 6GB/s ports.


Would it be advantageous to switch the 128GB SSD to the Intel Sata 2 port and boot from that then Put both 250GB Raid 0 configurations drives in both Intel 6GB/s ports??

Don"t know which way would be faster and Better???
post #4 of 73
I would put the OS on the sata lll ports and the storage array on the Intel sata ll ports.
post #5 of 73
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Originally Posted by DooRules View Post

I would put the OS on the sata lll ports and the storage array on the Intel sata ll ports.

Thanks DooRules, looks like that is the best combination. Will do it today. Appreciate the help.
post #6 of 73
AS Media 1061 is not RAID controller,just AHCI and you can boot from them.
It would be good to tell us what drives you have,i mean all drives you plan to connect to your board,even optical,then i tell you where to connect what and what to put in Raid.
post #7 of 73
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Originally Posted by Unit Igor View Post

AS Media 1061 is not RAID controller,just AHCI and you can boot from them.
It would be good to tell us what drives you have,i mean all drives you plan to connect to your board,even optical,then i tell you where to connect what and what to put in Raid.


Thanks Unit Igor for your Help

Here are the drives that I have and what to use them for:

1) 1 Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD( for OS and APPS)

2) 2 SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) in raid 0 configuration

3) Storage Hard drive Western Digital Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200RPM SATA3/SATA 6.0 GB/s 64MB Desktop Hard Drive (3.5 inch) that I want to use for Games and storage.

4) Blu-Ray burner LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) –




Motherboard, Asus Rampage i4 Extreme

Appreciate the help.
Edited by bigRod - 4/12/13 at 12:32pm
post #8 of 73
On my Rampage IV Formula, it would not let me boot from any drive connected to ASMedia ports. Basically those ports are for storage drives only (don't think you can use DVD/Blu Ray drives on them either). I'm sure your Extreme is the same. If you want the 256GB 840 Pro's running full speed then you have no choice but to put them on the two Intel SATA 6 GB/s ports. Everything else can go on the Intel SATA 3 GB/s since you will have 3 drives left and 4 ports free.

Also, because you are running Raid, I'm about 99% sure you will have to set up even your single drive in Raid mode (when you install). If you don't install it in Raid mode it won't boot when the bios is in Raid mode (you will get blue screen when it tries to boot), and when your bios isn't in Raid mode you obviously wouldn't have access to your Raid 0 array.
post #9 of 73
You have to put your 2x840 pro 256gb on Intel sata3 and make raid with them,because if you dont do that you paid them for nothing and believe me you will not regret.I thought that you have more drives,but if its only 4 and one optical then its not problem,put them all on Intel ports.
just remember 256gb drives on sata3 for space speed biggrin.gif.
You will have to install in UEFI mode because you have 4tb drive
Like thebski told you will have to flash bios with modded orom for trim to work in raid field.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1380247/x79-raid-0-trim-support#post_19714949
About AS Media ports that you dont have to use now,but maybe in future if you buy 2 more drives.
I use AS Media port all the time,on my Z77.I have optical drive connect on it,because every Intel port is occupied with SSDs and HDDs.
I had AS Media 1061 controller card on my X58,Crucial M4 was Windows drive for two months on it.That was before i bought second and raid it.
Here is AS-SSD result with overclock pci-e line.

Edited by Unit Igor - 4/12/13 at 2:44pm
post #10 of 73
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Originally Posted by Unit Igor View Post

You have to put your 2x840 pro 256gb on Intel sata3 and make raid with them,because if you dont do that you paid them for nothing and believe me you will not regret.I thought that you have more drives,but if its only 4 and one optical then its not problem,put them all on Intel ports.
just remember 256gb drives on sata3 for space speed biggrin.gif.
You will have to install in UEFI mode because you have 4tb drive
Like thebski told you will have to flash bios with modded orom for trim to work in raid field.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1380247/x79-raid-0-trim-support#post_19714949
About AS Media ports that you dont have to use now,but maybe in future if you buy 2 more drives.
I use AS Media port all the time,on my Z77.I have optical drive connect on it,because every Intel port is occupied with SSDs and HDDs.
I had AS Media 1061 controller card on my X58,Crucial M4 was Windows drive for two months on it.That was before i bought second and raid it.
Here is AS-SSD result with overclock pci-e line.


Thanks Thebski and Unit Igor for the Help.
I ran in to somewhat of a problem with the motherboard. After setting it to Raid in the Sata settings I could not get it to boot in the Raid configuration setup. Spent about a total of maybe 3 to 4 hours with Asus tech support when they finallly put a supervisor on with me and he said there was a problem with the motherboard that it will not boot into Raid configuration. I purchased this motherboard from Newegg so from what I have read they are good about returns. This well definitly slow me down at least a week but on the bright side , I rather the Motherboard go out now than 3 months down the Road.

Buy the way Unit Igor the Asus tech support did say that Trim will work in Raid config as long as you use the Intel Sata 3 ports Using Windows 8 and that both drives are the same. Trim will not work on the Asmedia Sata 3 ports in Raid config. Said it was a new update to Windows 8.

Appreciate the great help and as soon as I get the New Motherboard will give it a shot again. smile.gif
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