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So I just installed my 2 shiny new C300's (64Gb a piece) but haven't formatted them yet. I have a dilemma and I am hoping someone here can shed some light for me.

I'm using these on my sig rig, and the on board Marvell controller apparently sucks for RAID0. Also I know that RAID0 currently doesn't support TRIM and I am hazy as to whether or not the BGC on each drive is by itself acceptable.

Currently I've been booting from a ADATA 32GB SSD, but have run out of room, and want to swap it to one of the C300's. Thus my dilemma.

How do I set these up to get the best possible read/write. Should I use the SATA3 connection at all? Perhaps then virtually stripe them in Windows?

Or, do I set them up on the Intel controller and RAID them there.

Ideally I would like to make use of the Marvel controller if possible as the SATA2 connection supposedly limits the read speed of the drives.

Some help here would be very appreciated.
    
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Intel raid is better. But being SATA3 drives..

Have you tried loading the newest Marvell firmware and drivers? You can find them on station drivers IIRC. Supposed to improve SATA3 performance.

If you are still getting terrible performace then I would just stick with ICH10R. It is a very good storage controller, and I do not think the reduction in sustained reads would be noticeable.

http://www.station-drivers.com/page/marvell.htm

Bottom of the page for firmware for the 9128
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does your MB marvell controll allow raid in the bios? If not I would just use the ICH controller. My board allows for raid configuration of the marvell chip in bios, and I understand not all boards allow this.

If by chance it does allow it, then yes use the marvell chip with updated drivers and updated firmware on the C300's you will bet set for speed beyond speed.
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Yes, my board does allow for it. However I've read a great many reviews that state the 9128 controller used in raid will slow the C300's down to the speed of a single drive (albeit increasing space), as the controller is not able to sustain the throughput of the SSD's
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Intel raid is better. But being SATA3 drives..

Have you tried loading the newest Marvell firmware and drivers? You can find them on station drivers IIRC. Supposed to improve SATA3 performance.

If you are still getting terrible performace then I would just stick with ICH10R. It is a very good storage controller, and I do not think the reduction in sustained reads would be noticeable.

http://www.station-drivers.com/page/marvell.htm

Bottom of the page for firmware for the 9128

I had the latest driver from ASUS' website, but it is not the same version as the site you provided. Apparently I downloaded the wrong file though?

Firmware pour MV-9123/9128 (Firmware:1.0.0.1407/2.1.0.1504/1.0.0.1027) Mod by F5BJR

That seemed the most recent, but it will not install on my 64bit OS?
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Only 3rd party reviews I have seen compare ICH10 on X58 to Marvell 9128 on P55. Which is a HUGE differnce.

I have not compared RAID performance but single drive wise.. the intel is better in single threaded 4K tests but in every other test (including 32QD 4K tests the Marvell is within 1-2MBps above or below the Intel.

Unfortunately I do not have a SATA3 drive to test. Maybe in a few more weeks smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Senator;12327990 
Yes, my board does allow for it. However I've read a great many reviews that state the 9128 controller used in raid will slow the C300's down to the speed of a single drive (albeit increasing space), as the controller is not able to sustain the throughput of the SSD's



I had the latest driver from ASUS' website, but it is not the same version as the site you provided. Apparently I downloaded the wrong file though?

Firmware pour MV-9123/9128 (Firmware:1.0.0.1407/2.1.0.1504/1.0.0.1027) Mod by F5BJR

That seemed the most recent, but it will not install on my 64bit OS?

You either need to run mvflash from a a 32 bit OS or from DOS.

I created a DOS bootable USB drive and dropped the files on it and ran it from there.

I did not see any difference in SATA2 performance.. but the revisions is supposed to only effect sata3 so...)
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Cheers. I will give it a shot after dinner and post back wink.gif
    
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Hey Senator,

I did not get a chance to create a Flash stick and try it out on my p8p67 so I am going from memory on what I did with my R3F, while looking at the extracted files

Extract the DL copy the CPUIDE folder to the USB stick

when in DOS open up the folder and run the go.BAT file this should do it automatically for you.


there are a few bios to chose from in the DL if you want to do it the manual way. (I did not choose that option when I tried it) As far as I can tell it is just..


MVF.EXE biosname.BIN

Personally I would stick with the auto method until someone with more time can play around with them.

On a side note.. I did note notice it on my R3F but did on this new ASUS board.

HyperDuo mode is an option under the Marvell BIOS. Enables you to use a SSD and a HDD in conjunction with each other much like the separate device that I think gigabyte Silverstone sells. Basically its the speed and access time of a SSD with the storage capability of a HDD. I have not had a chance to try this yet but think I might when I have some money and time smile.gif
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