Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update

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2010/08/15 01:21:25 (permalink)
Marvell dont provide customer downloads for sata controllers.

You'll see here earlier versions of this driver provided worse performance than the older Intel SATA III drivers:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=413&Itemid=38&limit=1&limitstart=7


After some searching around I found the latest controller drivers for this chip from:

http://www.station-drivers.com/page/marvell.htm


This is version 1.0.00.1042, old one was was 10.0.0.1034 from EVGA. It has both the raid utility and the driver updates in it.


Please note, use these at your own risk. They arent directly from Marvell so the possibility of them being altered for malware is there.


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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2010/08/15 07:12:57 (permalink)
    Here's a more reputable download link:

    http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=driverfile&dno=11190&i=0
     
    The driver is 1.0.0.1042-WHQL
     

    post edited by timaster - 2010/08/15 07:52:19
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2010/08/15 18:24:47 (permalink)
    Nice find.  I hope the 9128 controller is better on the FTW3 because the 9123 on the Asus P6x58D Premium blows balls.  Still a no go with Marvell drivers.  Random BSOD's.  
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/02/26 18:37:58 (permalink)
    New WHQL revision is up
     
    Drivers Version 1.0.045.1051 WHQL
     
    http://www.station-drivers.com/page/marvell.htm 
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/02/27 07:37:21 (permalink)
     
    Thanks. The latest revision is great! Here's the performance of my Western Digital HDD (Black 1 TB) before (left) and after (right) the new driver installation. On my system, I find substantial improvements particularly in the READ rates for small files.

     
    Readers should note that the download is from a French website. So carefully scroll down the list of different drivers until you find the one for the Marvell 91xx devices. The revision number is 1.0.0.1051. All installation instructions and labels for the drivers are in English. I experienced no problems whatsoever in the download and installation.
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/02/27 08:42:27 (permalink)
    Another source:
    http://www.downloadatoz.c...ontroller-drivers.html
    Marvell 88SE9128, 88SE9120, 88SE9125, 88SE9123, 88SE9111 and 88SE9110. In addition, it also support Gigabyte X58A and P67A series, Asrock, Asus motherboards.
    I have been having trouble getting both ports to work on StarTech PEXSAT32 Marvel 91xx Amazon
    I hoped to put two SSDs on it.

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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/06/10 23:40:14 (permalink)
    New revision is out
     
    1.2.0.1003 WHQL
     
    http://www.station-drivers.com/page/marvell.htm
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/07/27 01:44:03 (permalink)
    Thanks for posting the firmware updates and speed tests folks.  Has anyone experienced troubles with disks disappearing in the O/S or anything like that after a few months of use with the new firmware or has your experience been error-free since you upgraded the firmware?
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/08/19 16:12:37 (permalink)
    New revision:
     
    Version 1.45.0.1006 WHQL (Xp/Vista/7) New
     
    http://www.station-drivers.com/page/marvell.htm

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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/08/20 03:24:40 (permalink)
    nice..... will be installing these
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/08/20 08:28:07 (permalink)
    nice; thanks for finding these and keeping them updated; very much appreciated!
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/08/21 07:45:50 (permalink)
    Hi, thanks for the link!  I only see Ver 1.2.0.1006 (dated 08/11/11 on the download page).  But, I was able to download and it is working fine.
     
    Also got the utility.  Brings up a nice report on the controller:
     

     
    Thanks again!  Marcus
     
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    New revision:

    Version 1.89.0.1006 WHQL (Xp/Vista/7) New






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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/10/11 10:28:40 (permalink)
    After you update these drivers and are booting your machine, at the point where you get a message stating the Marvell 9128 controller version, does it update to the latest version for you? 
     
    I installed v.1.2.0.1006
    but when I reboot, the message says the Marvell driver is version 1.0.0.1012
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/10/11 10:29:55 (permalink)
    Thank you sir, I am going RAID in a few hours, and this should deff help!

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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/10/11 11:00:37 (permalink)
    marvell controller is garbage, won't even take my sata 3 ssd past 240 read or 412 write
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/10/16 09:24:13 (permalink)
    Halfdead - I hear you on the slow controller speed.  When you boot, what version does the bios tell you it is running?  Mine stays at the old version after bios update, I want to see if others' does too or if I'm doing something wrong.
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/10/17 04:28:32 (permalink)
    Halfdead14

    marvell controller is garbage, won't even take my sata 3 ssd past 240 read or 412 write

    So true, I put mine back on the Intel. Stability is more important than speed for me atm  I hope one of the next versions improves Marvell stability because my ICH10 is almost full 


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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/10/20 03:59:19 (permalink)
    what do you recommend then for SATAIII on SR2 ?

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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/10/21 15:23:30 (permalink)
    Here's a comparison of the various 6Gb/s SATA controllers:
     
    http://techgage.com/artic..._sata_30_controllers/1
    http://forums.techgage.com/showthread.php?t=8736
     
    I was somewhat intrigued by the one comment in the Techgage forums that is you use the Win 7 msahci driver for the Marvell controller, you actually get better performance than with the Marvell driver (but no RAID, unfortunately).
     
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/11/25 17:04:11 (permalink)
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    After you update these drivers and are booting your machine, at the point where you get a message stating the Marvell 9128 controller version, does it update to the latest version for you? 
    I installed v.1.5.0.1006 but when I reboot, the message says the Marvell driver is version 1.0.0.1012

    Your driver version number will show up in your Windows Device Manager > Controllers > Driver Tab > Driver Details button.  Click on the different files and below you will see the version numbers.
     
    When you first boot up and see the Marvell Controller screen, you will see what hard drives the controller senses and what the BIOS version number is.  This is for firmware, not your drivers.  You need both and they are different.
     
    Be aware, using the station-drivers firmware to update your Marvell controller firmware can be risky.  The station-drivers firmware are not officially sanctioned by your motherboard maker.  If you attempt to update your Marvell firmware and the process fails, you may permanently disable this controller possibly your entire motherboard.  If you do update your Marvell firmware and you encounter problems either immediately after updating or later, you will probably not be able to return to the original Marvell BIOS firmware version your motherboard had when you bought it.  Even if you find the original BIOS firmware version, which I doubt, many firmware updater programs do not allow downgrades.
     
    Unless you are an experienced system builder, I do not recommend you attempt to upgrade your Marvell BIOS firmware.
     
    post edited by Cypherdude - 2011/11/25 17:17:58
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/11/25 17:14:25 (permalink)
    Has anyone who has an Asus P7P55D-E mobo downloaded and installed the latest drivers and firmware listed for the Marvell SE9123 controller on the station-drivers page?  Because this is not an official page, I hesitate to use their files.
     
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/11/26 00:08:11 (permalink)
    I have never had any issue with any driver from Station Drivers.

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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2011/11/26 02:15:38 (permalink)
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    I have never had any issue with any driver from Station Drivers.

    What about the firmware, have you tried that?  Which mobo do you have?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2012/05/28 07:44:16 (permalink)
    Trying to set up a X58 FTW3 with two Corsair SSDs in RAID1 on the Marvell 91xx.
     
    Absolutely unworkable. I've tried basically every method I can possibly think of, but inevitably, after one or two successful boots into Windows, I get that 0xc0000225 error, OR, I boot and it tells me CHKDSK needs to run and it proceeds to mark just about every file on the hard drive corrupt.
     
    I've updated to the latest (non-beta) drivers from Station-drivers and have the same problems no matter what. Going to take the 20% performance hit and put these in RAID on the Intel chipset and save myself the headache.
     
    Marvell put out a utterly beta piece of hardware, everyone implemented it, and then they never actually got the thing working as it should've. Completely unacceptable, and yet just another nonsense system builders have to put up with because we've basically got no recourse.
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2012/05/28 22:51:52 (permalink)
    did you try any new firmware for the ssd's? did you do the firmware update on the marvel side? its in the forum here to download 1701.
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2012/05/29 01:12:48 (permalink)
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    Trying to set up a X58 FTW3 with two Corsair SSDs in RAID1 on the Marvell 91xx.

    Absolutely unworkable. I've tried basically every method I can possibly think of, but inevitably, after one or two successful boots into Windows, I get that 0xc0000225 error, OR, I boot and it tells me CHKDSK needs to run and it proceeds to mark just about every file on the hard drive corrupt.

    I've updated to the latest (non-beta) drivers from Station-drivers and have the same problems no matter what. Going to take the 20% performance hit and put these in RAID on the Intel chipset and save myself the headache.

    Marvell put out a utterly beta piece of hardware, everyone implemented it, and then they never actually got the thing working as it should've. Completely unacceptable, and yet just another nonsense system builders have to put up with because we've basically got no recourse.

    Even if you manage to get your RAID'd SSD's working stable, which I doubt, your Marvell controller is probably connected to your mobo via PCIe x1.  This means you will max out below the SATA3 threshold.  The only choices you have is to either buy another mobo with native SATA3 RAID connectors or buy a PCIe x8 add-in card with SATA3 RAID.  You have 1 PCIe x16 and 2 PCIe x8 so you should be able to do this.  With all the problems I am reading from other owners with your mobo, it might be better to simply buy a new Z77-based mobo.  The newest Z77-based mobo's have both native SATA3 RAID and USB 3.0 capabilities.  The matching Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Bridge also has many new features.
     
    It's tempting for me to upgrade because I also must deal with upgrading the Marvell, JMicron, and "Renesas" USB 3.0 controllers on my mobo.  I do not have an eVGA mobo.  I have an Asus mobo.  After Asus moves on to the next generation of mobo's, as with probably most other mobo makers, they do not post any new drivers or firmware for the third party controllers on their mobo's.  I am left with deciding if I want to take the risk of using the Station-drivers files.  I have downloaded all 6.  I have been updating my anti-virus software and performing scans on these files.  Furthermore, the Station-drivers files are not really meant for any particular mobo.  Sometimes they are meant for a separate plug-in card so you never know if you're going to have problems.  Furthermore, Asus's included VIA sound drivers for their built-in "VIA VT1828S CODEC" aren't exactly great either.
     
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2012/05/30 15:59:29 (permalink)
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    Even if you manage to get your RAID'd SSD's working stable, which I doubt, your Marvell controller is probably connected to your mobo via PCIe x1.  This means you will max out below the SATA3 threshold.  The only choices you have is to either buy another mobo with native SATA3 RAID connectors or buy a PCIe x8 add-in card with SATA3 RAID.  You have 1 PCIe x16 and 2 PCIe x8 so you should be able to do this.  With all the problems I am reading from other owners with your mobo, it might be better to simply buy a new Z77-based mobo.  The newest Z77-based mobo's have both native SATA3 RAID and USB 3.0 capabilities.  The matching Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Bridge also has many new features.

    It's tempting for me to upgrade because I also must deal with upgrading the Marvell, JMicron, and "Renesas" USB 3.0 controllers on my mobo.  I do not have an eVGA mobo.  I have an Asus mobo.  After Asus moves on to the next generation of mobo's, as with probably most other mobo makers, they do not post any new drivers or firmware for the third party controllers on their mobo's.  I am left with deciding if I want to take the risk of using the Station-drivers files.  I have downloaded all 6.  I have been updating my anti-virus software and performing scans on these files.  Furthermore, the Station-drivers files are not really meant for any particular mobo.  Sometimes they are meant for a separate plug-in card so you never know if you're going to have problems.  Furthermore, Asus's included VIA sound drivers for their built-in "VIA VT1828S CODEC" aren't exactly great either.


    It wasn't an option; Z77 meant new CPU too (X58 is the last of the 1366 boards), so that wasn't doable with the budget.
     
    I did update the Marvell firmware too, I think I went to 1.2.0.1020 which is newer than 1701.
     
    It just chafes me that they never got the damn chip to work. I'd take the PCIe x1 limitation; it was a RAID1 setup anyway.
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2012/05/30 17:09:30 (permalink)
    1.2.0.1020 are just the drivers for marvel, im talking about firmware which you need to put on a usb or burn to cd so you couldnt of done that its on here to download 1701 which i think turns into 1.0.0.1028 when you bootup also on station drivers
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2012/05/30 17:12:03 (permalink)
    I mis-c/p'd.
    It was firmware 2.2.0.1125, and yes, I did have to burn them to a disc and execute from there.
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    Re:Marvell 91xx SATA 6Gb/s Controller Update 2012/05/30 17:53:11 (permalink)
    i remember i had firmware issuies with a corsair ssd in which i had bsods no matter what it was up until i secure erased the ssd i no longer had problems, i dont know if you tried it yet or not but its definitly reconmended also try new firmware of your ssd go to corsair forums
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