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    Default Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

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    I have two motherboards(Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula), when connected HDDs to Asmedia ports (WD RED 4Tb or Seagate Barracuda 3Tb) and begin intensive operations (copy or move data from hdd to hdd) take off errors occur in Windows 8.1 x64 upd1.
    Problem with slow performance copying, viewing data from HDD and then HDD not visible in my computer (Disk Managment).
    In Windows Logs -> System registered new event (warning level) disk 153 - The IO operation at logical block address 7a90760 for Disk 7 was retried.
    If HDDs connected to Intel ports - no any problem with performance.

    Thank you for help.

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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    Yes, your problems are common with the ASMedia SATA chipset when using Windows 8, or any related version like 8.1.

    Are you using the ASMedia driver, or the Windows 8 storahci driver? I would suggest trying the storahci driver if you are not using it now. I don't know if that will fix your problems, just an idea.

    I see that for either of your boards, there is no listing for an ASMedia SATA chipset driver under Windows 8.1. You could try the ASMedia driver listed for Windows 8.1 for ASRock Z97 boards, like my Z97 Extreme 6:

    ASRock > Z97 Extreme6

    That's the ASMedia SATA3 Driver ver:2.0.8.0 driver.

    I don't know if this ASMedia driver will fix your problems, I can't use the ASMedia SATA ports at all on my ASRock boards (Z77, Z87, and Z97), but that is related to my UEFI booting Windows 8.1 installations.

    If you try that ASMedia driver and it works, please let me know.

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    Hi,
    Thank you for answer,

    I tried with driver 2.0.8.0 (download from asrock site), 2.0.8.1 (from station-driver) and microsoft SATA ACHI - problem is not solving.
    Errors in the system logs are the same - warning events disk 153, storahci 129 (with use microsoft SATA ACHI).

    Today check in windows 7x64 - but I think that is not the solution for this problem.

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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    I today installed Windows 7x64 sp1 with Asmedia driver 2.0.8.0.







    Problem is same as on windows 8.1 x64.
    I think there will only replace the motherboard to another Asus or Gigabyte for socket 1150.

    p.s. Asrock makes good motherboards but here probably you will make nothing

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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    If to copy same amount of data (130-150Gb) on disks connected to the controller Intel - no any problem and fastest 3-3.5 times

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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    Unless you can use the ASM10x1 ports for CD/DVD drives you're miles ahead with an add-in PCI-E HDD controller over the hokey ASM10x1 ports.

    They, the ASM ports, don't behave much better in Win7.
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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    Quote Originally Posted by Oleksii View Post
    I today installed Windows 7x64 sp1 with Asmedia driver 2.0.8.0.







    Problem is same as on windows 8.1 x64.
    I think there will only replace the motherboard to another Asus or Gigabyte for socket 1150.

    p.s. Asrock makes good motherboards but here probably you will make nothing
    Thank you for posting the errors messages in the Windows log and other information that shows the problems you have with the ASMedia SATA controller. That is real evidence that the problem exists. I only thought the problems happened in Windows 8, but since it happens with Windows 7 too, that is even worse.

    There is one thing you can try, but let me ask you a question first. Do you use the Intel SATA AHCI/RAID driver (IRST) for the Intel SATA ports, or the Windows AHCI driver? If you do, let me explain. I'm NOT saying this will fix the problem, it might do nothing, but is just one last thing to try.

    If you are not using RAID and have the Intel IRST driver installed, you could try changing (in Device Manager) to the Windows msahci (Windows 7) or storahci (Windows 8) drivers for the Intel SATA controller. You can always change back to the Intel driver if the ASMedia ports still don't work. It is hard to explain, but I have seen problems with the Intel IRST software (Windows Intel Rapid Storage Technology UI program) and the ASMedia SATA ports.

    It would be interesting to see if another mother board company that uses the ASMedia SATA chip can get it to work on their boards. If it did work on other boards, then that would seem to tell us that ASRock has done something wrong somewhere that causes the problem.

    If the ASMedia SATA chip does not work well on any board, why do manufactures keep on using it? I rather have the Marvell SATA chips, there is no difference in speed between ASMedia and Marvell.

    If anyone reading this uses the ASMedia SATA ports on their board, and it works for you fine, please let us know.

    wardog, this is a note that ASUS has in the specs of one of their Z97 boards, about the ASMedia SATA chip:

    *3: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

    The board: Motherboards - xxxxxxxxx Z97 MARK 1 - XXXX

    ATAPI devices, and optical drives are ATAPI devices, can't be used on these chips. Not the first time I've seen that note either.

    Yeah, I got 10 SATA ports on my board, but only six work.

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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    parsec

    When tried copy operation in Windows 7x64 - I don't install driver for Intel ACHI, i tested with Asmedia driver only.
    Tomorrow or after tomorrow I will check on MSI Z97 - there too Asmedia 1061.
    If on MSI will be no problem - it means a manufacturer sets faulty(defective) controllers or incorrectly installed them on our motherboards.
    I use 2xSSD 2x4Tb-WD 2x4Tb Hitachi 2x3Tb Seagate and BD-RW SATA.
    Marvell controllers no such problem - but Asrock them not to put into their motherboards.

    Buying expensive motherboard (300-400USD), I would like that all would work at it - and not just on a site was beautifully written to specification for this motherboards.

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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    So you have no problems when using the ASMedia controller on your MSI Z97 board? You do the same kind of file copies on the MSI board, and you have no problems, right? Sorry, your English is pretty good, I just want to be 100% sure.

    I have not even tried the ASMedia controller on my ASRock Z97 board, because on my ASRock Z87 or Z77 boards, just enabling the ASMedia controller in the BIOS and connecting one drive to it, my PC won't boot. I thought this was caused by installing Windows 8.1 for UEFI booting, but you are right, all the hardware on a board should work.

    I might begin testing the ASMedia controller on my Z97 board, and if it has problems, I will see what ASRock can do about it.

    Thank you again for the information.

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    Default Re: Asrock Z87 Extreme9ac and Z87 OC Formula problem with Asmedia 1061 Sata ports

    On MSI Z97 motherboard - I have not yet tested, I plan tomorrow.

    If you are able to check on your Asrock Z97 (copy operation HDD to HDD for Asmedia controller) - I will be grateful to you.

    Thank you for help.

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