The Marvell bridges, on the other hand, play well with most SSD controllers out there. I've tried several Intel
and SandForce controller-based SSDs in a PATA-SATA optical bay caddy from Fenvi with Marvell 88SA8040 chip
and it passes TRIM perfectly fine. For example, the Aleratec mSATA to IDE 2.5 adapter has the Marvell 88SA8052 inside and the users are reporting that TRIM is passed correctly: http://www.amazon.com/Aleratec-mSATA-Sp ... B00HZT4CFS
: You mention above (marked in red, bold, by me) that you have tried several Intel SSD's in a caddy using the Marvell 88SA8040 chip. As mentioned earlier in this thread, the Lycom/Addonics/Aleratec/DeLock/Kuroutoshikou etc. adapter uses a Marvell controller (the 88SA8052-NNC2) which is a faster (SATA 3.0 Gb/s) version of the 88SA8040 (SATA 1.5 Gb/s). Could you please share what specific Intel SATA SSD's you have tried in the 88SA8040-caddy, and whether you have benchmarks available?
One reason for asking is that I have long been tempted to get an Intel 525 mSATA SSD (e.g. the SSDMCEAC120B3) that is mentioned in this post
, for use in the Lycom/Addonics/Aleratec/DeLock/Kuroutoshikou etc. adapter because of the Intel 525 is being reported to be by far the fastest
mSATA SSD I have yet seen in a T42/p!
Johan, I have been using two Marvell 88SA8040-based IDE-SATA optical bay caddies, both from Fenvi. A 9.5 mm version in HP Compaq 2510p (which has a native IDE port on ICH8M) and another 12.7 mm version in Toshiba A200 (also native IDE port on ICH8M).
These Marvell-based caddies are rock solid for me (as opposed to several previous caddies, which were based on Sunplus SPIF223A - those are awful when TRIM is enabled). I've tested several SSDs in the Marvell 88SA8040 caddies, in both laptops under Windows 7 x64, with TRIM enabled and no issues whatsoever.
A list of the SSDs that I tried successfully:
- Crucial M4 128 GB (Marvell controller, firmware 000F)
- Micron C400 256 GB (Marvell, latest HP firmware)
- Micron C300 128 GB (Marvell, firmware 0007)
- Samsung 470 64 GB (Samsung, latest firmware)
- Samsung PM830 128 GB (Samsung controller, latest Dell firmware)
- Intel 330 180 GB (SandForce, firmware 335t and 335u)
- Sandisk Extreme 240 GB (SandForce, latest firmware)
- Intel X25-M G2 80 GB (Intel, firmware 02M3)
- Intel 320 G3 160 GB (Intel, latest firmware)
Note 1: None of the SSDs above worked with TRIM enabled in any of the Sunplus caddies.
Note 2: Regarding the JMicron JM20330 controller, that's a mixed bag -- I've written in detail a few posts back about that one (the bottom line for JM20330: stay away from Intel controller- and SandForce controller-based SSDs or use Windows XP or Windows 7 with TRIM disabled).
From my experience, I can say that you can't go wrong with the Intel 525 SSD and a Marvell-based adapter. I would, however, go with something else: Samsung 830/840 EVO, Plextor/Lite-On M5/M6, Crucial/Micron M500/M550 or even an M4/C400 would do the job - I've used the Crucial M4 for a long time (both in 2.5" and mSATA formats), fast drive and power consumption is very low. I'd stay away from SF controllers... Anyhow, there is no better IDE-SATA bridge chip than Marvell out there at the moment. Oh, disclaimer: I don't work for Marvell !!