The situation: I need a dual boot install with Windows XP so the kids can get their GOG.com games fix. For the life of me, I cannot get XP to install with the HD in AHCI mode, despite slipstreamed drivers and what not.
I'm going to install XP on a separate 80GB conventional harddisk and run LM13 on the SSD.
The options: either shell out for a Windows 7 copy (bah!) or run the hard disks in IDE mode.
The question: are there any serious downsides to using IDE over AHCI, especially with an SSD?
Yes, I've seen the Phoronix article on IDE vs AHCI, so I expect some performance loss, but if it solves my problems, I can live with a bit of performance loss.