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davidm71
Posts: 338 | Last online: 06.26.2017
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    • davidm71 has written a new post "UEFITool ROG Modded theme.. Please try out.." 06.21.2017

      Just wanted to let all know I used this modded Uefitool to alter one of my hackintosh bioses and flashed away without issues. Only thing is visually looks good on my hi-res laptop but not as well defined on the corners on my desktop. Still easier to navigate complex bios trees.

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers" 06.10.2017

      Your right Fernando I did not uninstall the RST 14.8 console/kit from the system. I just went into device manager and selected the storage manager driver version I want to use and installed it
      and rebooted. The problem I had was that I could not install an older version of the kit as I got an error claiming my 'NET Framework' needed to be updated. I think this error may have to do with Windows Creator's Update perhaps. Anyhow I should have known better and uninstalled the console and just manually installed the driver version I wanted. As far as running under ideal optimized conditions the only way to really do that would be a fresh windows install so this was a more real world kind of test I guess. Not only that the raid array I was testing doesn't host the system files and not really used that much by the OS so I thought running the test a few times over and average them be good enough but not all that scientific I suppose. I'll run it again when I have time for sure but heres what I was able to discern:

      1. 14.8 rom branch slower that 13.x branch
      2. My MSI bios latest v1.8 20 percent faster than older bios

      So I'll be sticking with the 13.X branch for right now and go with your suggestions until I do a proper better cleaner test.

      Thanks for everything..

    • davidm71 has written a new post "AMD and Nvidia GOP update (No requests, DIY)" 06.10.2017

      Just had and solved a minor GopUpdate issue. Was getting loads of errors when running the script.. such that colorama not installed and error on line number n.. Anyhow if you or anyone has this problem and like me had an old version of Python installed you should uninstall it!

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers" 06.10.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #720
      This proves:
      1. Newer Firmware/BIOS versions do not automaticly give the user better benchmark results and
      2. performance is less important than stability and life span of the SSD.
      In my case newer bios version for the mainboard's bios did give significant improvement in Anvil scores. Though you never know until you try and the reverse of course is always possible.

    • davidm71 has created the topic "Win-Raid most professional hacking site out there!". 06.10.2017

    • Those are some great scores you guys are getting! But if you want to have a minimal and lightest bootloader possible might want to try to migrate to Tianocore unless of course you want to run a hackintosh more power to you!

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers" 06.08.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #312
      @davidm71:
      When you are doing your extended RAID0 performance tests, please don't forget to include the Intel RST(e) driver v13.2.8.1002, which is the latest and according to my experience the absolutely best Intel RST(e) driver of the v13 platform, and test it in combination with an Intel RAID BIOS module from the v13.2 branch (EFI RaidDriver v13.2.0.2134 resp. RAID ROM v13.2.2.2224).



      I tested the 13.2.0.2134 with the 13.2.8.1002 storage driver and according to my tests it came in last and gave the worst scores! However this is a margin of only a few percent and in my opinion is so close to each other that its possible to get different results depending on the weather! In anycase I am going to stick with the 13.5 branch combination as that did give me the best averaged out scores and each run was pretty much consistent. Though the highest score out of all the 9 runs in total goes to the 13.2 branch it wasn't able to be consistent and so the average high score went to 13.5. Stay tuned will post the screen shots soon.

      Thanks.

      13.1.0.2126/13.1.0.1058
      Run 1
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170605-2324-13.1.0.1026-13.1RST-18.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 2
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170605-2321-13.1.0.1026-13.1RST-18.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 3
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170605-2318-13.1.0.1026-13.1RST-18.png|none|fullsize]]



      13.2.0.2134/13.2.8.1002 WHQL
      Run 1
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170607-1956-13.2-13.2-18.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 2
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170607-1954-13.2-13.2-18.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 3
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170607-1951-13.2-13.2-18.png|none|fullsize]]



      13.5.0.2164/13.5.2.1000 WHQL
      Run 1
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170606-2140-13.5-13.5rst-18.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 2
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170606-21331-13.5-13.5rst-18.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 3
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170606-2136-13.5-13.5RST-18.png|none|fullsize]]

      14.8.2.2397/14.8.16.1063
      Run 1
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170604-1647-14.8-14.8.16.1063.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 2
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170604-1645-14.8-14.8.16.1063.png|none|fullsize]]
      Run 3
      [[File:Intel Raid 0 Volume_512GB_1GB-20170604-1640-14.8-14.8.16.1063.png|none|fullsize]]


      Note: Noticed Anvil incorrectly reports the installed raid driver on those screen shots as I uninstalled
      the 14.8.16.1063 driver and installed an older driver but Anvil reports 14.8 as the driver in charge
      even though I just verified 13.1 installed in device manager!

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers" 06.07.2017

      @Fernando

      I did some more performance testing and unfortunately I do not have the screenshots ready to publish just yet because I have new fresh results. What I have found is the pairing of the 13.5.0.2164 Satadriver with 13.5.0.1056 WHQL driver best the 13.1/13.1 Satadriver combination pairing. Was interesting at first I tried the 13.6 whql driver that Intel posted on their site at they don't have the 13.5.0.1056 driver listed for some reason. Anyhow had poor results testing 13.5.0.2126 against the 13.6 driver but not against the 13.5.0.1056. So it would seem that the 13.X branch is the better choice in regards to performance like you had indicated. However I'm going to urge to reconsider the 13.5/13.5 combination as the better more mature choice. Mind you this was all within the margin of error though I did run the benchmark three consecutive times for accuracy. Why the 14.8 branch is slower I wish I knew. Are they doing something extra slowing down the performance? Wish we had a man on the inside from Intel to comment. Anyhow here are my scores:

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      13.5/13.5 Scores:
      6133
      6696
      6693
       
      Average: 6507
       
      13.1/13.1 Scores
       
      6664
      6840
      5851
       
      Average: 6452
       

       
       

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.06.2017

      @Fernando

      As requested clarifying what was said prior and reposting the information here:

      I ran the benchmarks again as you requested and I have to say you were right. The reason I got such a boost in benchmark scores had nothing to do with the 14.8 satadriver efi rom. I made one big mistake in that I had two different Bios versions running from my dual bios switch. Had version 1.8 and shipping version 1.1 on the other side of the switch. Unfortunately one of three of the screen shots I took got corrupted and you can't see the score but you can infer that it was probably slightly worse than the other two in the set. What this all showed was that the 13.1 firmware and driver set performed on par as the 13.2 and better even than the 14.8 set.

      There was something inside the 1.8 bios release that enhanced the scores what ever it could be I don't know. Updated ME, bios tweaks, who knows. At this point though I'm not sure if I'm going back to 13.1 as I primarily use an NVME drive to boot and the raid array just hosts my steam folder and that the scores are 20 % better on the new bios which makes a case for benchmarking your bios releases as opposed to firmware releases. Going to next try the 13.5 release of Satadriver and post all the screen shots later. I suspect 13.5 should be similar to 13.1 in performance.

      Did some more benchmarks before bed comparing the 14.8 efi driver pair to the 13.1 efi driver pair on my old bios vs the old bios.

      So whats interesting to note is the vast difference in score of 4235 on the old bios with the 14.8 EFI Driver pair vs an average score of 6452 with the 13.1 Efi Driver pair. Thats like a 50% boost in performance!

      All from a newer bios update!

      Take home message everyone should be updating their bios to the latest or at every upgrade do a bench and keep track of the numbers.. :)

      Screenshots to be posted later tonight.

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers" 06.06.2017

      @Fernando

      I ran the benchmarks again as you requested and I have to say you were right. The reason I got such a boost in benchmark scores had nothing to do with the 14.8 satadriver efi rom. I made one big mistake in that I had two different Bios versions running from my dual bios switch. Had version 1.8 and shipping version 1.1 on the other side of the switch. Unfortunately one of three of the screen shots I took got corrupted and you can't see the score but you can infer that it was probably slightly worse than the other two in the set. What this all showed was that the 13.1 firmware and driver set performed on par as the 13.2 and better even than the 14.8 set. There was something inside the 1.8 bios release that enhanced the scores what ever it could be I don't know. Updated ME, bios tweaks, who knows. At this point though I'm not sure if I'm going back to 13.1 as I primarily use an NVME drive to boot and the raid array just hosts my steam folder and that the scores are 20 % better on the new bios which makes a case for benchmarking your bios releases as opposed to firmware releases.

      Here the scores:

      14.8 Pair 13.1 Pair 13.2 Pair




      EDIT: Did some more benchmarks before bed comparing the 14.8 efi driver pair to the 13.1 efi driver pair on my old bios vs the old bios and here are my scores:
      BIOS 18 BIOS 11

      13.1/13.1
      5851 4650
      6841 4635
      6664 4500

      Avg: 6452 4595

      14.8/14.8

      6258 4031
      5802 4497
      6319 4177

      Avg: 6126 4235

      So whats interesting to note is the vast difference in score of 4235 on the old bios with the 14.8 EFI Driver pair vs an average score of 6452 with the 13.1 Efi Driver pair. Thats like a 50% boost in performance!

      All from a newer bios update!

      Take home message everyone should be updating their bios to the latest or at every upgrade do a bench and keep track of the numbers.. :)

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.06.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #454
      It would be fine, if you would be able to additionally test the following storage drivers by using Anvil's Storage Utilities:
      • Intel RST(e) v13.1.0.1058 WHQL in combination with the Intel RAID ROM/EFI RaidDriver v13.1.0.2126 and
      • Intel RST(e) v13.2.8.1002 WHQL in combination with the Intel RAID ROM/EFI RaidDriver v13.2.2.2224 resp. v13.2.0.2134

      Ubu only installed 13.2.0.2134 and not 2124. Is 2134 ok?

      EDIT by Fernando: Unneeded parts of the fully quoted post removed (to save space)

    • davidm71 has written a new post "[Discussion] UBU Tool related Questions, Reports and Suggestions" 06.06.2017

      Hi,

      Anyone know why option five for Satadriver update says "13.2.2.2224/13.2.0.2134" and after only the later gets installed and not the former?

      I need 13.2.2.2224.

      Thanks

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.05.2017

      Edit: The folowing benchmark scores are totally incorrect. Any performance boost of 14.8 Satadriver was from a newer bios release and not from the driver. Please ignore and stay tuned for screenshots that will clarify this all later:

      Ok you got me curious so I ran some benchmarks with Anvil and I have to say I got some very surprising numbers. I was shocked in matter of fact. Luckily I have dual bios switch and the old 13.1.0.2126 rom was already there so I compared that against the 14.8.2.2397 rom and with their corresponding 14.8.16.1063 and 13.2.0.1022 Drivers. The results showed there is definitely a performance advantage with the 14.8.2.2397 Rom vs the 13.1.0.2126 Rom despite what driver was being used. I ran each benchmark three times and averaged them out for accuracy. The last score in my raw data image was a confirmatory check with the RST suite installed as well as the 14.8.16.1063 driver and that score got to say was the best of them all! So here are the results done on an MSI X99A Godlike Motherboard and Two 256GB Samsung 850 Pro's in Raid 0:




      * Legend:
      R=Rom
      D=Driver



      Raw Data:


      EDIT by Fernando: I have put the benchmark test results into a "spoiler" (to save space), because they are a little bit off topic. >This< would have been the better matching thread.

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.04.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #449
      Why should I recommend something, which is according to my knowledge not the best?
      Regarding MSI: You should ask them, why they have inserted v14 platform Intel RAID modules into the BIOS of their X99 mainboards. Maybe they have done it for users like you, who want the latest of everything (even if there are better older versions available). Furthermore I doubt, that the mainboard manufacturers take the time to compare all compatible driver and BIOS module versions in AHCI and RAID mode, before they release a new generation of mainboards. I have done it with a lot of different Intel chipset systems from 6-Series up (look >here<) and found out, that older Intel RST/RST(e) drivers and RAID ROM/EFI modules very often are the better choice, especially for RAID users.
      I have to applaud your efforts on comparing all these different chipsets however I can not find any tests performed on the X99 Chipset. All I found was tests done on the Z97 chipset so how do you know its conclusive on X99?

      Thanks

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.03.2017

      I meant that you didn't recommend the 14.X branch for X99. Curious why you did though and why MSI included it in their bios release? Thanks.

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.03.2017

      Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #445
      All Intel RST(e) drivers and RAID modules, which belong to the v15 platform, natively do only support the latest Intel chipsets from 100-Series up and systems with a 6th Generation Intel CPU (Skylake/KabyLake).
      If you don't have such system, you will be able to get the Intel RST(e) RAID drivers v15.x.x.xxxx installed (due to the universal external DeviceID DEV_2822), but I doubt, that you will be satisfied by the stability and performance.
      Thats sound advice however I think the first page of this thread needs to be updated to include the 14.6-14.8 branch for X99 as like I said 14.8 was included by the manufacturer of my MSI X99A Godlike bios so one could assume its compatible and judged to be stable for X99 at least by MSI.

      EDIT by Fernando: Unneeded parts of the fully quoted post and blank lines removed (to save space)

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.03.2017

      Well what about the 15.2.xxxx release? From your write up in the beginning of the thread it seems like it's 100 percent not supported. Furthermore it states the the efi raid from from 14.8 is also not supported though the manufacturer of my X99 included a 14.8 version in last bios release. So that information is erroneous. In the old days you could include a newer raid rom branch in your firmware without repercussions. Though I google searched and found accounts of the 15.x rom release causing issues for X99 so fwiw last night just modded everything to the latest 14.8.2.x release.

      Thanks

    • davidm71 has written a new post "Intel EFI "RaidDriver" and "GopDriver" BIOS Modules" 06.03.2017

      Hi,

      I apologize if this has been asked before but the 15.7.x raid efi raid roms are not compatible with X99?

      Thanks

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