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Need recommendation for a PCI disk controller card

  1. #1


    New Jersey
    Posts : 114
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64

    Need recommendation for a PCI disk controller card


    So here's the story. I have an ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe MoBo. On-board it has 2 Intel SATA AHCI Controllers, and 2 Marvell 9130 SATA 6G Controllers. The rest of the controllers are all SATA2.

    The Marvell controllers don't perform as well as the Intel controllers. I want to move my drives off of the Marvell controllers to some brand of PCI Express disk controller card.

    Here's where you guys come in. I want to buy a good PCI-x disk controller card that will perform as good or better than my onboard Intel disk controllers. I don't need more than 4-8 connections for hard drives. The card should be the latest and greatest, ie., RAID, AHCI, SATA3(6G), etc.

    Recommendations????

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  2. #2


    Posts : 73
    7, 8 whatever


    Anything based on Silicon Image drivers/chipset. Syba is one of the companies.

    Silicon Image - Support

    Marvell can outperform Intel. Do you have latest driver installed for Marvell from motherboard site?
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  3. #3


    New Jersey
    Posts : 114
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Yes, I have the latest Marvell drivers at least the ones on the ASUS site. I have since switched my drives around on the two controllers. Let me give you two instances of problems with the Marvell.

    1. My SSD was on the Marvell. With the Marvell drivers from ASUS installed, my SSD shows up as a hard disk drive instead of a solid state device. You can see that clearly on the Defrag menu. I wonder if having it as a hard disk drive causes W8 to defrag it or otherwise do things to it it normally wouldn't for an SSD like use ReadyBoot on it.

    2. Windows Experience Index jumped from a 7.8 to an 8.2 when I put my SSD on the Intel controller.

    So you see two problems fixed/improves by taking my SSD off the Marvell and on to the Intel. It's true both of these issues involved my SSD. Copying files to the drives on my Marvell are slower than on the Intel. This is why I'm looking to drop the Marvell for my disks.

    Also everyone but you, and it's not a a lot of people, have stated that Marvell sucks.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 73
    7, 8 whatever


    I hear ya. I've seen benchmarks though comparing the two and Marvell was the clear winner. It was a while ago, so I forget it if it involved SSD or not.

    If you are overclocking memory and/or cpu, then that can have an adverse affect (opposite) I believe.

    Maybe with some research, you can find something from Silicon Image that is fast.
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