After learning the problem with the chips resides in the SataII connectors, I felt lucky.
I had already ordered a SataIII SSD and a SataIII HDD, so I was already planning on using the SataIII connectors.
Plus, by getting the higher-end ASUS motherboard, that meant another two SataIII Marvell controllers.
So, I connect the SSD to Sata_1, the DVD to Sata_2, and the HDD to Marvell_1, and wait for the replacement situation to become clear.
And in the mean time, I’m one of the few (3,000? 10,000?) people in the world with a Sandy Bridge core i5 computer- until April, 2011.