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SATA 6G Controllers removed from P55 boards

Marvell Controller at fault

By: Sean Kalinich from Jul 15, 2009 @ 7:36 CDT

The P55 board and i5 CPU are set to hit the world soon. Many are looking forward to this more moderately priced CPU and chipset offering. The anticipation was not just for the i5 and P55 though. It was beginning to look like we would see the first SATA 6G controller Chips on the P55 boards.

Both Asus and GIGABYTE had them on their design boards at Computex. However, we have just learned that Asus, MSI, and GIGABYTE are pulling the SATA 6G controllers off of their P55 boards. This is a pretty serious issue.

According to PC Perspective the reasons are performance and drivers (Hardware and Software). This issue is causing the new Marvell 88SE9123 Controller to be pulled.

We spoke with a Asus and GIGABYTE and were able to confirm what PC Perspective is saying. We were also able to get some additional information from an anonymous source.

It looks like the Marvell 88SE9123 Controller chip may have to be entirely respun. This could seriously delay its inclusion on the P55. In fact we were told that the new chipset will probably not be put on new boards until the New X58 boards come out sometime in early September. This will be a test run for the chips to see how they work out.

Other sources say that nVidia and AMD will have native support for SATA 6G and not need to rely on the Marvel Controller. However, if the IC is based on the Marvell design and the issue is a design flaw we could see these new MCPs have the same issues as the 88SE9123 controller.

SATA 6G Controllers removed from P55 boards

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