This is my first post here .
I've recently bought the PNY Optima 120GB SSD for use in my old motherboard, the ECS A780GM-A Ultra. It has only SATA 2 controller and using the AMD SB750 chipset. The BIOS is set to AHCI mode and the SSD was installed as the only drive.
However upon installing Windows 8.1, it's running very slowly, both during installation and after. Using HDTune I get this result
Notice the huge amount of Retired Block Count.
I've since RMA the SSD. However I'm wondering if it's just bad luck the first time or was it a certain compatibility issue with my mobo and the SSD. Is it even possible for incompatible controller to cause actual damage to an SSD, things like shown in the screenshot? FYI, my 2 HDD have been working fine without issue all these years though.
I was thinking of selling this SSD once it return from RMA and maybe buy a more popular one, but still, this being my first SSD, I'm a bit paranoid if it will get DOA like the PNY again because of my mobo
Thanks in advance for your response.