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Armando
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    • Armando has written a new post "Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers?" 09.14.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #586

      Since your questions are matching this already existing thread, I have moved your posts and my reply into it.
      It doesn't make much sense to start for each mainboard a separate thread with the question "Which is the best Intel RST driver for me?".


      I understand. I thought this long thread was dedicated to general discussion.

      Zitat
      After having attached the SSD to your system and installed the OS onto it, I recommend to try both Intel RST(e) drivers (v11.7.4.1001 and v12.9.4.1000) one after the other and decide afterwards which one to take.



      The problem is, as I wrote previously, I do not have those drivers because the Intel RST download pages only provide 11.7.0.1013 and 12.9.0.1001.
      Anyway, as you tell me also:

      Zitat
      As long as you are running the SSD in AHCI mode, there is no really noticeable performance difference


      I suppose I can skip those tries, as actually I am just running the SSD in AHCI mode. Am I wrong?

      Zitat
      The purchase of a good SSD like the Samsung 850 EVO is a good decision. It works much faster than a HDD and the best is the extremely short access time.


      Thanks for your advice.
      I'm writing now from my just installed and cloned SSD and I can really notice quite a difference in boot times.
      The subtle doubt is, as you can imagine: am I getting the most of it or maybe it could go quite faster if only I change some setting or some SATA port or ...?

      My board actually provides two SATA III ports via a Marvell onboard controller (it was, back in 2010, one of the very first boards to provide SATA III, while Intel chipsets didn't yet), but reading around I seem to have found other owners who say that the actual difference is not worth the change, as those ports are somehow "external" and also need an additional driver. Moreover, I'm not sure the board can safely and stably boot from the 850 Evo once connected to that controller.

      I wish to thank you for your kind help.

    • Armando has written a new post "Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers?" 09.14.2017

      Thanks for your kind and quick answer.

      My Southbridge is P55, so your table suggests "Intel RST(e) v11.7.4.1001 or Intel RST(e) v12.9.4.1000".

      However, visiting Intel RST download pages, I found out that the "nearest" actually available drivers are 11.7.0.1013 and 12.9.0.1001, which is already installed on my system (with no instability or BSOD problems so far) and which, according to its readme.txt file on Intel's site, is the last driver which officially supports the "Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series SATA AHCI Controller" of my board.


      What move do you suggest (I do not have any RAID needs, just want to get the most from my new SSD)?
      What actual performing gains can I expect by substituting my current driver with the "best" one, anyway?

      Finally, what about my last question in yesterday's post?

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