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my intentions of getting the ssd was to get the fastest performance out of them. but that sort of changed when as i went on...


ssd's:
2x 64GB
Crucial RealSSD C300

Architecture: MLC
Sequential Access - Read
355MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s)
265MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)


Sequential Access - Write
75MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s)
75MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)


features:
Micron MLC NAND Flash
Marvell Controller
SATA 6 Gb/s interface
RAID Support
ATA-8 w/ TRIM



motherboard:
gigabyte M61PME-S2P

2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1

CPU:
amd phenom x4 II 3.4Ghz

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

Memory: 4GB
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can i use the marvell controller instead of the nvidia controller?

my first installation was stripped with total capacity of 119GB. hard drives read as nvidia stripe and scored about 260 something using AS SSD benchmarks. and 7.7 on windows experience index.
this guy who has the same ssd's i do scored 542MB/s

im also getting some pretty confusing readings like this guy. where the readings show just under 160MB/s. same drives.

i tried the mirrored raid and capacity read about 50GB and windows experience index was up .1 to 7.8.
.1 performance was no real benefit vs the space and went back to the stripped raid.

before i move forward and start installing programs i want to know a few things...
1. do i have the best controller installed? im using the motherboard nvidia controller.. can i use the marvel controller.. am i using the marvel controller?
i didnt want to clean install but this guy told me i must so that TRIM is activated properly.
are these features built in the ssd or do i have to 'activate them'.



im i getting the most out of my setup?
i want to get it right, right from installation.


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First off, any sequential numbers mean little.

Post some results from ASSSD and look at some stats that are revelant to the desktop experience.
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post #3 of 17
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Quote:
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First off, any sequential numbers mean little.

Post some results from ASSSD and look at some stats that are revelant to the desktop experience.




in stripped the hd tach read speed numbers are higher than in mirrored. 240MB/s vs 150MB/s

what stats relevant to the desktop experience...

my motherboard isnt the best is it bottlenecking me?
    
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A striped RAID is RAID0 which is used for speed and that's what you want.

Controller wise you're stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Neither Marvell or nVidia are top notch but IDK which is better on your board.

I can't find any reference to a Marvell chipset on your M61PME-S2P MB.

How bout a link?

If you're going to use RAID, TRIM is not avaliable.

The 4K and 4K-64Thrd speeds reflect the opening/closing of small files which you are doing most of the time....I've read @ 70 -80%.

That's a weird board you've got with an older nForce 430 chipset...
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The only explanation for a major manufacturer to launch a motherboard based on a near obsolete chipset is the buying a large quantity of these chips for a very low price.
I'd say that chipset is definately holding you back.
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i read the same thing about my board. i got my barebone for $200 a little over a year ago. i just wanted a quad and it was black friday season and couldnt pass. the power supply died a week after. so im not surprised they used a cheap motherboard.

as far as raid is concerned (on this 3Gb/s board) doesnt look like i can go any faster can i...

i was at the marvell site but i didnt see any download links. i would have prefered marvell over the nvidia controllers coz the ssd's recommend marvell.
the ssd's didnt come with a cd so i take it the controllers are built in?
if they are built in then shouldnt they have installed instead of the nvidia ones?

i just wanted to get this right from the jump coz once i start installing programs it takes me a weeks to get everything up and running and i dont want to go back and have to reinstall windows coz i used the wrong controllers.

i just didnt want to be operating at a big performance loss based on those benchmarks... if there's something i can change.
    
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i read the same thing about my board.

I'm talking about your board. Ain't no way I'd buy something with an old nVidia chipset.

The point is, I don't even see anything Marvell on your board.

...................After some thought......your SSD has a Marvell chipset...not your MB!

You're soo confused you confused me!

I have no idea why you or anybody else, bought this board especially for 200.00. Sorry, but it's a serious POS for that price.

Sorry Remix65, you're not gonna do any mixing on your MB that'll fix your problem.
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post #7 of 17
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cpu+motherboard+psu+case= $200

there's nothing marvell on the board.

i think im just gonna move forward with this installation. its pretty fast (7.7) compared to my old install (5.9).
    
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post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Remix65 View Post
cpu+motherboard+psu+case= $200

there's nothing marvell on the board.

i think im just gonna move forward with this installation. its pretty fast (7.7) compared to my old install (5.9).
You really have no choice.

Go for it and Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by Remix65 View Post
cpu+motherboard+psu+case= $200

there's nothing marvell on the board.

i think im just gonna move forward with this installation. its pretty fast (7.7) compared to my old install (5.9).
you can always buy a pci raid controller. that will improve speeds all around. bottom line if you want the best performance with raid0 you gotta have atleast a decent raid controller.

i would check newegg for a raid controller. sometimes they have open box deals and they arent the expensive (although normally the goods ones are expensive)
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cpu+motherboard+psu+case= $200
there's nothing marvell on the board.
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can i use the marvell controller instead of the nvidia controller
The above is what got me confused.

Sounded like you had a Marvell controller.
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