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Use ASMedia SATA ports or not? Effecting system?

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I have Asus Maximus V Gene Z77 board with 4x Intel sata, 2x ASMEDIA sata.

I currently have on Intel controller:
1x 128GB 840 Pro SSD (OS)
1x 250GB Crucial M4 SSD (Games)
1x WD RED 5TB
1x WD RED 4TB

Asmedia:
1x 3TB WD Green
1x 2TB Seagate for Torrent/download

People keep saying ASmedia can cause so many problems, and it seems to be stressing my system somewhat with Utorrent running on the asmedia port, or the HDD itself is to old (I had a Samsung 2tb before on asmedia that died for torrent)

Is it worth it to scrap the Asmedia and disable them and arrange it like this:

Intel 4x Sata:
1x Samsung 850 EVO as OS+Game disk (does this make it slower then having 2 different SSD for OS + Games as I have now?)
WD RED 5TB+4TB
WD Green 3TB

And put either WD RED 4tb or WD green 3TB as the torrent disk on intel sata port.


Worth or not? Is the Asmedia good enough to keep it like I have or should I disable them and rearrange it with a new SSD purchase.
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Proprietary SATA controllers like the ASMedia controller are best left for things like optical drives, or storage drives that are used the least often out of all of your drives. So, the ASMedia SATA ports are best reserved for the least important drives in your entire system.

 

The problem with controllers like the ASMedia controller is the performance sucks compared to Intel and sometimes you can even get stability problems, but I think the stability problems might only happen if you have your OS drive on one of them and it's also more common with the Marvell 9120 controller.

 

So, out of the 4 hard drives that you have, if you have two that you pretty much hardly ever use and if the other two are used far more frequently, then you could just rearrange the hard drives so that the least-used two are on the ASMedia ports.

 

If you decide to get an 850 EVO, then you won't experience a difference in performance if you have both the OS and your games on it.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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It's a computer!
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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