I meant to say that my Mobo is an ASUS CHV, with an AMD processor and chipset.
How did you configure your old RAID array on your AMD board? Is there an option during your PCs POST to configure your RAID volumes? Did you delete your RAID volume before disconnecting the HDD and doing the clean installation? Are you using an Intel SSD with your PC? Are you referring to the SSD Toolbox when you mention "optimizer"?
You should also check the system requirements for the Toolbox, if you are using it, since if they are not correct that may explain your strange results.