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SATA III Controller on MSI Z68A GD65 G3

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Hi all,

So I have this motherboard and was previously only using the first two SATA ports and now have a new SSD that is going into the third SATA port. Speccy lists that as running at only SATA II however. I'm pretty sure a 3rd party controller is needed to run SATA III outside of the first two ports, but I'm not sure what to download (the Marvel SATA III management tool on MSI's website doesn't look like it's what I need).

Any help is appreciated (all drives are SATA III, can't just switch around ports)

Thanks!
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The 2 ports closest to the 24-pin connector are the ones you want to use. Those are SATA III ports controlled by the Z68 chipset. The 4 black ports are SATA II on the Z68 chipset. The 2 white ones closest to the 'bottom' of the motherboard are the crappy Marvell SATA III ports. Avoid them if possible. Use the white ones closest to the 24-pin connector.


Edited by TwoCables - 3/12/14 at 3:57pm
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The 2 ports closest to the 24-pin connector are the ones you want to use. Those are SATA III ports controlled by the Z68 chipset. The 4 black ports are SATA II on the Z68 chipset. The 2 white ones closest to the 'bottom' of the motherboard are the crappy Marvell SATA III ports. Avoid them if possible. Use the white ones closest to the 24-pin connector.

So if I have 1 HDD at SATA III and 2 SSDs at SATA III, I'll put the SSDs on the top ports, but will the Marvell controller automatically enable itself to run the HDD at SATA III?
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So if I have 1 HDD at SATA III and 2 SSDs at SATA III, I'll put the SSDs on the top ports, but will the Marvell controller automatically enable itself to run the HDD at SATA III?

 

I don't know. Look in the BIOS to see if it's enabled or disabled. Whatever drive you connect to that pair of SATA ports on the very bottom of all 8 will be on the Marvell controller. So, with two solid state drives and one hard drive, I would put the two solid state drives on the top two ports and the hard drive on the bottom port. Then, make sure the Marvell controller is enabled so the hard drive actually functions.

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