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    Default Marvell Vs. ICH10R Vs. Highpoint 640 (Single/RAID) - SSD

    I was asked to do some single drive tests on a Highpoint RocketRAID Controller for a member at the Crucial Forums this past week, so I decided to test across all controllers I have, in both RAID and with single drives.


    I know it's often asked which controller would be best for your SSD, and it really just depends on what you need or want to do. Some people need fast sequential read/write, while others need fastest 4K read/writes, and then there are those who just need to know which is fastest for benchmarking or in RAID.


    So hopefully this will clear some of that up for you all, I'll let the images speak for themselves.


    Hardware Used:
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
    Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB
    Crucial Ballistix Tracer Blue 1600Mhz
    Marvell onboard 9128 / Intel ICH10R / Highpoint RocketRAID 640

    Windows 7 Premium x64 (Clean install, no updates/drivers/tweaks)


    Intel ICH10R


    Single




    RAID 0





    Marvell 9128 onboard

    Single - Marvell mv91xx Driver




    Single - MSAHCI Driver




    RAID 0





    Highpoint RocketRAID 640 (Marvell 9128 Controller x 2 + PLX)

    Single



    RAID 0





    Please click all images for enlarged images!


    I also did TRIM testing during these tests using Bill Jameson's "Force TRIM" Program, and found that ONLY the Intel or MSAHCI drivers passed TRIM along to the drives, thus the HPT does not in any configuration. I have not yet tested the Marvell using MSAHCI for TRIM though, forgot to do that before I installed the mx91xx 1042 driver (Which does not pass along the commands), so I will retest the Marvell controller tonight with MSAHCI and see if TRIM is passed to the drives or not. I'll update this post accordingly once I find out.


    To clarify the above, TRIM is passed to drives on the Intel controller in IDE mode as well as AHCI/RAID (Non-Member)

    *Edit*
    Just finished my testing.

    The Marvell 9128 does not pass along the TRIM command to the drives when using MSAHCI driver, and as mentioned previously not with the 1042 Marvell driver either.


    Hope this helps some of you decide how you should run your SSD's!
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    Default Re: Marvell Vs. ICH10R Vs. Highpoint 640 (Single/RAID) - SSD

    In my device manager under Marvell 91xx Config Device, Properties, General, the Device status says "No drivers are installed for this device" yet when I go to the driver tab it lists Driver Provider as Marvell Semiconductor
    Driver Date 10/23/2009
    Driver version 1.0.0.1027

    Any ideas as to why and is this the latest driver?

    My Rig:
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 Rev 2 FB Bios
    I7-930 OC'd to 3.8 (19 X 200)
    Cooler Master V8, RS850 Supply and HAF X case
    12 Gig OCZ 3G1600LV6GK
    Crucial C300 128 Boot Drive
    WD WD1002FAEX SATA3 (data)
    Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI Video
    Samsung SH-S243 DVD Burner
    LG WH10LS30 Blue Ray Bruner
    Running Windows 7 64 bit

    Thanks for any help or feedback

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    Default Re: Marvell Vs. ICH10R Vs. Highpoint 640 (Single/RAID) - SSD

    I am not sure why you see that, like that. If you do not install any Marvell drivers then you will be using MSAHCI which you can verify with AS SSD.

    Marvell drivers are not suggested as they perform terribly, so you are good to go it looks like. Check with AS SSD

    Latest driver is 1.0.0.1042, and if you actually install a driver for the controller it is noted differently then you mentioned in device manager.

    This is how it will look (Marvell 91xx SATA 6G Controller) if you actually do install the full Marvell controller drivers, I believe what you are looking at is installed by default by windows itself and that will not be the driver controlling the drive.


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