Jan 6, 2010

I am preparing to install an OCZ Vertex 3 Sata III 2.5" SSD on my PC and I would like to know if I need any steps to do in order for my SSD to work and output the highest performance without any limits from my system.
My PC motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7(rev.1.0) and is running Windows 7 64Bits Ultimate.
Do I need to change any options in the system BIOS?
Do I need to plug my disk on a specific Sata3.0 Port on my motherboard?
Do I need to install any specific SATA III drivers like Marvell Console Driver(SATA 3)?

Sorry, but X58 chipset based motherboards will not allow you to get maximum advertised speeds from your Vertex 3 SSD.

Your motherboard uses a Marvell 9128 as the SATA III port controller.
The Marvell 9128 has a data bandwidth of PCIe x1 at 5Gb/s (500 MB/s) and wasn’t designed to handle the maximum read/write speeds of 3rd generation SSDs.

With regards to real world performance you probably won’t notice too much of a difference though.

Connect your drive to port GSATA3_6 or GSATA3_7 in AHCI mode for maximum performance.

Here’s the link for Intel’s latest AHCI drivers: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20624&keyword=%22rst%22&lang=eng