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What is AHCI, and can I use it

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Hi garycase

What is AHCI, and can I use it in my computer?
I know it stands for Advanced Host Controller Interface, but what is it in english?

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Its an intel specification for SATA, heres a link to intel that will explain it a little better
http://www.intel.com/technology/serialata/ahci.htm

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heck this site for info on ahci

http://www.intel.com/technology/serialata/ahci.htm
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Gary CaseRetired
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In English, it's simply the evolution of peripheral interface specifications to fully support the capabilities of Serial ATA (SATA) devices.   You might find these useful:

http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imst/sb/CS-012304.htm

http://www.intel.com/technology/serialata/ahci.htm

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If you're interested in the system-level software characteristics, have a look at this:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/0/5/f05a42ce-575b-4c60-82d6-208d3754b2d6/AHCI-ATAport.ppt

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I'll rephase my question

Ca I use AHCI with my computer and what benefits would there be to me?

Computer specs
ASUS ASUS A8V-MX (with latest BOIS installed)
AMD Athlon 64 x 2 4400+
4 x 200GB SATA drives (all same model)
2 x 200GB PATA drives (different models)
1 x DVDRAM drive
On board video in use at present
The sata controller on that motherboard is not an achi sata controller. The only ahci sata controllers i have seen where on motherboards with an intel chipset.
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Much easier question ==>  Your manual indicates that you can choose EITHER RAID or AHCI support.   It's not clear if the SATA drives have AHCI support in RAID mode  (my guess is they do not).

The primary benefit of AHCI with your system would be support of Native Command Queueing (NCQ); and this is only true if your SATA drives support NCQ.

Bottom line:  Don't worry about it :-)
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... it's implied in my note above, but if your drives are not NCQ drives, there would be no benefit to use the controller in AHCI mode.
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... just in case you're not familiar with NCQ, it simply means that commands to the disk are queued and executed in an "intelligent" order.   Think of it as an elevator -- it delays slightly before closing the doors (executing the command), and then stops at the floors in order (executes the commands in the best order -- thus minimizing the seek times).   Without NCQ, a normal disk drive will execute commands in the order they're received.   So if you write to track 1, then track 77, then track 33, the disk will seek to track 1, then 77, then 33.    With NCQ, it would write to track 1, then 33, and then 77.

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Thanks guys
That will do for me on this topic
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