For those of you that are interested in this discussion, yes the DX58S02 motherboard does support boot over PCI-E. Here is what I had to do to get it to work with an OCZ RevoDrive X2 drive.
- Download the RevoDrive X2 drivers from the OCZ website and put them on a USB drive.
- Install the RevoDrive X2 into a PCI-E slot.
- On boot hit F2 and go into configuration. Set the SATA ports to ACHI. This has to be done, so the PCI-E drive and the SATA driver can both load. It is my understanding that there is limited RAM on the motherboard. Setting the SATA ports to RAID takes too much space and the OCZ drive will not be seen. See OCZ’s website for more details and a much better explanation.
- I would avoid the blue SATA III ports at all costs, but that is a different discussion. Save yourself lots of grief and just disable them.
- Put the Windows CD into the DVD drive and reboot. When you get to the screen that says no drives found insert the USB drive and click Have Disk. Navigate to the USB drive and load the OCZ drivers. All was good after that.
I received email asking me to elaborate on my SATA 3 issues.
Once the PC was up and running I attached 2 SATA 3 devices. A SATA 3 Western Digital Black drive and a Crucial C300 SSD. Here is a list of my issues.
- I updated the drivers.
- The SSD would occasionally not be seen on reboot.
- I copied my data to the 2 TB WD hard drive. I noticed a file was corrupted. The date, time and size of the file was correct, but the checksum was not. After a full diff of my data comparing against the originals, I found 100’s of files like this. At this point I gave up. I moved the devices to the SATA 2 ports and all was better. I copied the data from sources again, because I did not trust it. All seems OK on the SATA 2 ports.