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    Hi all,
    I am in the same situation as the op and never imagined the research needed before upgrading to a ssd. I have the same mobo (rev2) with firmware fc and am looking at the c300 64gb from Newegg.com - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    @ srbarry - did you get yours going and have you had any issues?

    Lsdmeasap - is option 3 still the best? I also have a 6gb/s 1tb wd hdd and 2 other sata hods that will be storage. Then I have a liteon sata optical drive. Any suggestions on which ports I should plug these all into?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
    Last edited by Kramttocs; 01-09-2011 at 10:10 AM. Reason: iPad autocorrect ugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kramttocs View Post
    Hi all,
    I am in the same situation as the op and never imagined the research needed before upgrading to a ssd. I have the same mobo (rev2) with firmware fc and am looking at the c300 64gb from Newegg.com - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    @ srbarry - did you get yours going and have you had any issues?

    Lsdmeasap - is option 3 still the best? I also have a 6gb/s 1tb wd hdd and 2 other sata hods that will be storage. Then I have a liteon sata optical drive. Any suggestions on which ports I should plug these all into?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
    No problems in the end, check out this thread:

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    If it were me, I'd plug the Crucial SSD into the first SATA6G port and put all the rest on the Intel ports. Having a SATA6G spinning HDD will make next to zero difference as they're only just surpassing SATA1.5G let alone the bandwidth of a SATA2 port.

    Put your DVD drive on the very last Intel port (5) then your storage HDD's on 0, 1 and 2.
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    Thanks psycho and srbarry.

    @psycho - wouldn't it be better to put the sata3 ssd on the intel port for now until the marvell drivers get worked out? I am only speaking from what I have read online but it sounds like with Trim not working on the sata3 ports at the moment I have a better chance of harming the ssd by putting it there.

    Also, if I do put it on the Intel port 0 is it still recommended to get the latest drivers from intel and load those during the win7 install?

    I am still on the fence (due to the issues with this board and sata3 ssd's like srbarry and the initial reason for this thread) about getting a 90gb ocz vertex 2 instead of the c300. One of the main reasons is (and please correct me if I am wrong on this) that with the c300 a firmware update requires an os reinstall while with the vertex it doesn't.

    Thanks again.
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    You won't harm a SSD. Absence of TRIM won't effect anything wear wise. Besides, as far as I'm aware, TRIM works fine with the standard MS AHCI driver, no need to use the Marvel one.

    Early C300 FW updates are destructive, not sure about the latest one, version 6, but you can simply use Windows 7 backup and restore to image the drive before updating, then restore the image. That should take less than 10 minutes but depends on how much data is on the drive. Even if you did get a Vertex instead, you'd still want to image the drive first. If anything went wrong, you'd potentially loose your data. I know from experience, anything can happen: Someone turns on the washing machine down-stairs and the main breaker trips, freak power cut, random FW flasher freeze etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kramttocs View Post
    Thanks psycho and srbarry.

    @psycho - wouldn't it be better to put the sata3 ssd on the intel port for now until the marvell drivers get worked out? I am only speaking from what I have read online but it sounds like with Trim not working on the sata3 ports at the moment I have a better chance of harming the ssd by putting it there.

    Also, if I do put it on the Intel port 0 is it still recommended to get the latest drivers from intel and load those during the win7 install?

    I am still on the fence (due to the issues with this board and sata3 ssd's like srbarry and the initial reason for this thread) about getting a 90gb ocz vertex 2 instead of the c300. One of the main reasons is (and please correct me if I am wrong on this) that with the c300 a firmware update requires an os reinstall while with the vertex it doesn't.

    Thanks again.
    Bottom line for me is that the performance difference gained by going with the crucial c300 and trying to use the sata 6 is nowhere near worth the extra cash and head aches. I guarantee you that you wouldn't be able to notice any difference in everyday use.

    Also, the problem is with the chip itself, don't expect there will be new drivers that will resolve the issues with the marvell chip with regard to ssds.

    Forget about the new sata port. Just use the Intel sata port and get yourself one of the less expensive ssd's. My windows 7 install was about 30gb, so a 90gb ssd is plenty. You can probably get a 90gb ssd for about half the price of a c300.

    Having gone through this, I woundn't even consider paying up for the c300 and messing around with the marvel controller (with this board). Do yourself a favor and just pop one of the many good sata 3 ssds into the intel controller and you'll be fine.

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    Thanks srbarry - that is the route I believe I will go. Yeah, with my other hdd's, the size isn't a big issue, but getting a 90 over a 64 is nice for peace of mind. My current win7 install is right at 30 also. I really like the thought of getting a sata3 but based on everything I have read, you are correct in that it isn't worth the headache when combining them with this board and that it's better to find a good sata2 at this point.

    Thanks again for everyone's input.

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    So are you all set then? If you have anymore questions you still need answered let us know.

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    Hey lsdmeasap,

    Thanks for the follow up. I actually installed the OS last night and although everything went smooth I do have one question for you. Preface: In Bios, I changed the ICH Control Mode to AHCI and I changed the Sata0-3 Port Native Mode to Enabled - not really sure if this was necessary or not but found some posts saying to. I then loaded them during the install (before I saw your other post).
    After the install (and with just the ssd plugged into port0) the boot time was like I had hoped for.
    After all the updates I plugged in my other sata drives and filled up the intel ports:
    1= 1tb wd black 6gb/s
    2 = 1tb wd black
    3 = 640gb wd black
    4 = liteon dvd drive
    5 = front esata case (haf932) port

    The past few times when I boot, the starting windows screen lingers for quite awhile both before and after the win logo shows up. Once it passes this, the logon and desktop fly by. I apologize because I haven't had the chance to pull all the other drives to verify that they are causing the delay or not but I wanted to see if you had any thoughts.

    Thanks!
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    It could be one of the other drives, or maybe the eSATA.

    I'd do as you mentioned, and pull the other drives adding them back one at a time testing to see if you can find which causes this.

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