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My Series 3 SSD is only running at half the expected speed.

 

I've tried updating the firmware but I have a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P motherboard with a Marvel controller which seems to be an issue with the Corsair updater.

 

I've seen mention of using Intel drivers, but how do I change them?

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Probably safer to use the Intel SATA II ports for the FW update, but the Intel SATA III might work fine too.

 

Intel drivers on a Marvell chipset? Never heard of that working, I doubt that it would. You can use the Windows 7 msahci driver on the Marvell chipset.

 

If you are not using the Intel SATA III ports, I would use your SSD on them, much better performance than the Marvel chipset.

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Thanks for the replies.

 

I managed to update to the latest firmware, but I'm still getting lower than expected speeds:

 

Using ATTO Disk Benchmark I am averaging 240 MB/s write and 360 MB/s write which is far slower than others have posted on this forum.

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I'm curious how you even got that fast on a Marvel and using PCI-Express 1x. Did you do anything special? I couldn't get that fast. I even researched and blogged about it. Now I'm wondering if I missed something in my tests.

 

My posts about it are below if you guys care to comment.

 

Part 1

http://www.solarcurve.com/2011/10/ssd-hard-drive-benchmarking-testing-and.html

 

Part 2

http://www.solarcurve.com/2011/10/ssdhard-drive-benchmarking-testing-and.html

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I connected the SSD drive to the Intel controller socket and ran the benchmark again. This time I got 446k write and 552k read.

 

Interestingly this new configuration did nothing to improve the Windows Experience Index score which remained at 7.4

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You should read the test here: http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/storage/hdd/13982

The conclusion page will show you that the difference of performance between a marvel and an intel controller is minimal, it's just a benchmark software bug.

 

Take the AS SSD and Crystaldisk Mark benchmarks of the Force 3 60GB SSD for example. The Corsair Force 3 lags behind in these tests compared to the ******** C300 with a Marvell controller but in other tests this isn’t reflected. The truth is, Sandforce controllers don’t respond well to the random data sampling that Crystaldisk Mark and AS SSD uses. If you set the data to "0Fill" in Crystal Diskmark, the result is markedly different.
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You should read the test here: http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/storage/hdd/13982

The conclusion page will show you that the difference of performance between a marvel and an intel controller is minimal, it's just a benchmark software bug.

 

Benchmark software bug? Yes, how dare they use incompressible data, so the SandForce controller must play on a level field with the Marvell or Intel controllers, that do not perform data compression.

 

Not to worry, just keep using ATTO and ignore everything else, the others don't matter. Whatever shows the best numbers is correct, right?

 

And the Marvell SATA chipset, on one 5Gb/s PCI-E lane, so it's only losing 1Gb/s over a SATA 6Gb/s interface. That is only ~17% difference, and including overhead such as 8/10 encoding, the difference should be about 10% if all else is equal. At 500MB/s read on true SATA 6Gb/s, that would mean ~450MB/s on the Marvell.

 

What actually is an issue, is that it seems the SATA 6Gb/s interface is maxed out at ~500MB/s. A new SATA interface is in the works, but when? Start saving for that new mother board now.

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I'm curious how you even got that fast on a Marvel and using PCI-Express 1x. Did you do anything special? I couldn't get that fast. I even researched and blogged about it. Now I'm wondering if I missed something in my tests.

 

My posts about it are below if you guys care to comment.

 

Part 1

http://www.solarcurve.com/2011/10/ssd-hard-drive-benchmarking-testing-and.html

 

Part 2

http://www.solarcurve.com/2011/10/ssdhard-drive-benchmarking-testing-and.html

 

Well, most likely the Syba card you use, and since the drivers seem to come from Syba, who knows what version of the Marvell driver they are based on. Your numbers do look like the max for SATA II, plus the usual icing on the cake that ATTO adds on.

 

FYI, Marvell has never verified that their driver will pass the TRIM command to a SSD when in AHCI mode. How do you set the Syba card to AHCI, is their an Option ROM with a UI? Or another interface, like the Marvell RAID setup software?

 

Try running AS SSD Benchmark on your SSD, if only to see what is displayed in the upper left hand corner of it's display, to see what mode you are actually in and if your alignment is Ok. The results would be interesting too.

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