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    ASUS mobo P8H61-M/LE-USB3 and PCIe SSD

    Hi all

    I have the ASUS P8H61-M/LE-USB3 mobo. It has the B3 Revision (i've checked in BIOS [south bridge stepping is B3] and with the ASUS SATA Verifier tool). So it doesn't suffer from the Intel Cougar Point design error described here:

    I have flashed the latest BIOS v4601 x64 and have installed the Intel RST latest driver IRST_V10101008_XPVistaWin7. So with that said here's the issue. As I see, it is exactly that south bridge Intel H61(B3) Express Chipset controller, which is responsible for the 4 SATA ports. And those are the ports where one would connect a drive to boot from. HOWEVER, I want to place a PCIe SSD in one of the empty PCIe 2.0 x1 ports and boot from that. Question is - will that work, will it boot from the PCIe port given that the storage controller seems to only control those 4 SATA ports? Will the mobo even recognize the PCIe SSD as a device to boot from and will it even list it in the list with psbl devices to boot from?

    I don't know if the H61(B3) controller also controls any of the PCIe ports. My guess would be NO, but I gotta ask since I don't know and there are various opinions on that circulating on the net. I don't have a spare PCIe SSD to test with so that's why I'm asking here.

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