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Old P5Q-Deluxe SATA3 upgrade?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by quadfreq, Jun 12, 2019 at 11:49 AM.

  1. quadfreq


    Joined: Nov 4, 2007

    Posts: 18


    I have an old ASUS p5q-deluxe. ( 3.5ghz quad), it is just about fast enough for me.

    But I am looking for a SATA3 card (pcie?) that would work on this MB for 2, or maybe 4 single ( no raid ) SSD drives
    that uses low power.

    using xp and win7 (32 and 64 bit) and ubuntu if possible.

    Thank you for any help. on this : )
  2. pastymuncher

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    Joined: Jul 12, 2005

    Posts: 17,553

    Location: Aberlour, NE Scotland

    Don't get hung up on the speed becuse in day to day use you won't actually notice the difference between sata 2 and sata 3. The only time you will notice is when benching the drives. The problem with the cheaper sata 3 cards is that they use chips that actually are not capable of sata 3 speeds. We found this out when the P55 chipset boards launched on socket 1156. While most still had sata 2 some, including my Asus P7P55D-E Pro, had sata 3 support. This sata 3 support was provided by a Marvel 88SE9120 chipset (you will find similar chipsets on the cheaper sata 3 cards) and in reality the speeds that it provided were nowhere near sata 3 speeds and were in fact slower than the Intel sata 2 controller. Most of us reverted to the Intel sata 2 controller as firmware and driver updates did not improve the Marvell controller at all. My next board after that was a Asus Z87 Maximus Hero VI and to be honest I didn't notice any increase in drive speeds apart from when I actually benched my SSD's.
  3. hornetstinger


    Joined: Sep 6, 2016

    Posts: 5,745

    Yeah my x55 has marvell sata3 controller and sata 2 intel I use the intel on don't think marvell supports trim either unless they added it in firmware update
  4. quadfreq


    Joined: Nov 4, 2007

    Posts: 18

    Thank you for your replies.

    So there are no pcie cards that can make my sata3 ssd drives work faster on my old p45 sata2 board?

    I do multi layer editing of uncompressed video, so do stress the sata part of the board a fair bit. ( I place files on different drives to spread the work load)

    I read a SAS card would be best for sata3. but they are quite expensive and power hungry, I might as well think about getting an efficient new board.
    with sata3 built in, then increase the ram speed too and get hyper threading : )

    its just the $$$$ : /

    thank you for your input : )
  5. quadfreq


    Joined: Nov 4, 2007

    Posts: 18

    Hi I did a benchmark in crystaldiskmark 6.0.2 x64 ( win7 64bit, 8gb ddr2 ram, 3.5ghz quad) no ahci.

    They seem low compared to other peoples even on sata2 boards.

    edit (regards Toshiba drive) I just changed the cable provided by asus with a more modern gigabyte one with a clip on them ( so definitely a sata2 cable) and now it is slightly faster/

    SSD disc1 (intel 500gb)

    ...............READ WRITE
    seq/q32t1 246 248
    4kib/q8t8 46 98
    4kib/Q32t1 45 98
    4kib/Q1t1 42 80

    SSD disc 2 Toshiba (224gb)
    ................READ WRITE
    seq/q32t1 247 252
    4kib/q8t8 81 99
    4kib/Q32t1 81 101
    4kib/Q1t1 68 77
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019 at 2:58 PM