0 Replies Latest reply on May 8, 2012 8:20 AM by alexdejesus

    About the 6 Gb/s Ports on Sandy Bridge

    alexdejesus Level 1

      I need to know how best to configure my drives. My current setup is:


      ASUS Motherboard P8P67 Pro B3 Socket 1155

      i7-2600k processor @ 3.4 GHz, Win 7  64 bit, 32 GB RAM


      Using onboard storage controller

      System Drive: 120 GB SSD on Marvell port

      Storage: RAID 0 (2 x 2TB SATA 6 Gb/s) on Intel 6 Gb/s ports

      Pagefile/previews: RAID 0 (2 x 1.5 SATA 3 Gb/s) on Gb/s ports

      Blu-ray drive on 3 Gb/s port


      Additioinal storage - USB3 external 1TB and G Raid 2 TB (eSATA)


      Spare SSD 120GB




      I have a RAID 0 made of 6 Gb/s drives on the Intel 6 Gb/s ports. I think the SSD should be on a 6 Gb/s port as well, but ASUS told me that the system drive drive should not be on a Marvell port, where I currently have it. The other RAID 0 is comprised of 3 Gb/s drives, so okay to keep those on the 3 Gb/s ports.


      My question:

      If the system is in RAID mode, are the 6 Gb/s ports even functional at 6 Gb/s? If so, is it more important for the RAID 0 to be there or the system SSD drive?


      I have read that there are speed issues on the Marvell ports. Is that so? As a test, I moved the 3 Gb/s RAID to the Marvell ports and the RAID did not transfer over. It wants me to re-format the drives. I am willing to do that with the main storage RAID if I could get better transfer speed than the 3 Gb/s ports.