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    Question Z77 motherboard

    Hi,

    I am planning to buy a new Z77 gigabyte motherboard and the main focus will be putting 2 SSD into Raid 0. I had bad luck with my old gigabyte motherboard U55. It had only Marvell controllers and the speed was 3 times slower in Raid 0.

    I planning to buy this motherboard: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77M-D3H (rev. 1.0)

    Can somebody tell me what controllers this motherboard is using. I know that Marvell controllers are not so good. Intel controllers are much better.

    Thanks everybody that can help me!

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    Default Re: Z77 motherboard

    The motherboard user manual shows on pages 8 & 11 that the z77-D3H has 2 sata3 and 4 sata2 ports, all controlled by the z77 chipset.
    There are no other motherboard chips that support additional sata ports.
    You can download the user manual by clicking on the Downloads tab from the GB link in your post.
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    Default Re: Z77 motherboard

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    The motherboard user manual shows on pages 8 & 11 that the z77-D3H has 2 sata3 and 4 sata2 ports, all controlled by the z77 chipset.
    There are no other motherboard chips that support additional sata ports.
    You can download the user manual by clicking on the Downloads tab from the GB link in your post.
    Thanks for the answer. If you say that: "all controlled by the z77 chipset" does it mean that sata 3 ports will be controlled with the intel controller?

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    Default Re: Z77 motherboard

    Check out http://img848.imageshack.us/img848/8020/21051403.jpg to see what a Marvell chip looks like on the motherboard.
    Apparently the newer Marvell SE9172 chip is almost up to the Intel setup.
    Use the Image option of a web search where you look for a large photo of the Z77M-D3H motherboard.
    With a large enough photo, you can confirm that there aren't any Marvell (or other) sata chips on the board.

    If you look at the detailed specs at the GB website and/or mobo user manual for a z77-UD5H mobo, you will find:
    Storage Interface
    Chipset:
    - 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0/SATA3 1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
    - 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2 2~5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
    - 1 x mSATA connector
    * The SATA2 5 connector will become unavailable when the mSATA connector is installed with a solid state drive.
    - Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
    * When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected.

    2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:
    - 3 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6/7/8) supporting up to 3 SATA 6Gb/s devices
    - 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 6Gb/s device
    - Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

    and the motherboard block diagram will show the location of Marvell (or other) sata chips.
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    it has native intel sata 3 ports usually two of them,and two newer improved marvel sata3 ports,the rest are intel sata 2 ports around 4 or 6 depending on model,raid0 will run super fast and be reliable on the intel sata3 ports
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    Default Re: Z77 motherboard

    Thank you everybody!

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