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#16 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Fernando 30.07.2013 20:51

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Today (07/30/2013) I got access to the Intel RST(e) drivers v12.7.1.1000 WHQL, the successors of the previously published v12.7.0.1036 WHQL.
So I was able to do an additional benchmark and TRIM test with this brandnew driver/OROM combo v12.7.1.1000/v12.7.0.1936.
Meanwhile I have added the results into >this< post.

Any comments are much appreciated!

Regards
Fernando

#17 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Teddybehr 01.08.2013 04:29

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Salut Fernando,

Thank you very much for this forum and all the great work, exclusivity and benchmarking you are doing. That's just awesome !

I was wondering though if you have some or can point me a place where there is benchmark for AHCI efi satadriver/driver performance?
From what I understand, and I may be wrong, but it seams to be the 11.7.4.1001 driver /11.4 efi driver that's seems to be the best.
If there is no such benchmark I can do some I guess but would they be SSD dependant you think? (or hdd for that matter but I a lesser extend I guess)

Merci beaucoup encore!

#18 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Fernando 01.08.2013 09:37

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Hello Teddybehr,

the presentation of an actual benchmark comparison between different Intel AHCI driver versions is much appreciated, because my personal results (look >here<) are not very actual anymore.
Benchmark results are always dependend on the individual system (sort of SATA Controller, AHCI/RAID driver, HDD/SSD, BIOS, settings etc.). Nevertheless a comparison of different drivers with exactly the same system configuration can be a big help for other users to decide, which driver they should install.
By the way: According to my knowledge the installation of an OS in EFI mode shortens the boot time, but will not have a great impact on the performance while working.

Regards
Fernando

#19 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Teddybehr 04.08.2013 07:27

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Hi Fernando,

I have completed some AHCI benchmark.
You will find data and snapshot of CrystalDisk bench results.
I haven't done any over all graphic yet though. Please let me know which graph you want and the format (bar, lines,...)

Fell free to delete this post (until I put on the graphics)

Regards,

Stef

#20 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Teddybehr 04.08.2013 09:02

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Hi Fernando,
I am sorry. I forgot to mention that I am in dual boot (Win 8 pro x64, Win 7 Ultimate x64) both installed in UEFI.

Win 8 is on a SSD (C:)
Win 7 in on a HDD (D:) (fastest of the 3 Hitachi HDD)

1 HDD Hitachi 1000GB
2 HDD Hitachi 500GB (slower)

I did different transfer scenario.

From Win 8 (thus on SSD):
- SSD to SSD (same, thus traffic was on the same port)
- SSD to HDD (fastest Hitachi)
- SSD to HDD (slower Hitachi)

From Win 7 (thus on the fastest HDD)
- HDD (fastest) to SSD
- HDD (fastest) to HDD (same, thus traffic was on the same port)
- HDD (fastest Hitachi) to HDD (slower Hitachi)

I think I covered almost all port to port and buffered transfer type I guess. Well I hope so :/
All antivirus and un-needed software were disable (prevent from starting)

BIOS storage mode set as "UEFI only" thus using the EFI Satadriver. I modded the Intel orom rst in CSM module also though. Both, satadriver and orom have the same version per BIOS modded just to be sure.
I used the same driver version as the efi satadriver AND
sometimes, in addition, I used a previous driver version with a higher efi satadriver version.
With that said, I hope you will better understand the labelling of tests.

Sorry again,

Teddy

#21 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by 100PIER 04.08.2013 10:53

Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #16
Today (07/30/2013) I got access to the Intel RST(e) drivers v12.7.1.1000 WHQL, the successors of the previously published v12.7.0.1036 WHQL.
So I was able to do an additional benchmark and TRIM test with this brandnew driver/OROM combo v12.7.1.1000/v12.7.0.1936.
Meanwhile I have added the results into >this< post.

Any comments are much appreciated!

Regards
Fernando


Fernando,
Here are the very good 2 scores on ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE, BIOS 2003, Driver/OROM combo V12.7.1.1000/V12.7.0.1936, UEFI RAID 0 stripsize 128 Kb 2x256 GB SAMSUNG 840 PRO:

#22 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Fernando 04.08.2013 11:03

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@ Teddybehr:
Thank you for the AHCI benchmark results. I will do a look into them and let you know what I suggest to do.

@ 100PIER:
Your benchmark results are much better than mine, although we both have a very similar system and are using the exact same RAID driver/SataDriver combination.
The most important difference probably is the Operating System (yours is Win7 x64, the mine is Win8.1 x64 Preview).

#23 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Fernando 04.08.2013 12:56

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Zitat von Teddybehr im Beitrag #19
I have completed some AHCI benchmark.
You will find data and snapshot of CrystalDisk bench results.
I haven't done any over all graphic yet though. Please let me know which graph you want and the format (bar, lines,...)
You can publish your results the way you like it.
My personal opinion: The shorter, the better...
Maybe you should just offer the benchmark results done with your SSD using different Intel AHCI drivers. Very good is a graphical comparison like you did within your Excel table. This way you can show the best, how small the scrore differences are by using the same SSD/HDD.

#24 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Teddybehr 07.08.2013 05:46

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Here are some comparison of all RST driver (D) from 11.7 to 12.8 with their respective firmware (S).

Those results are in AHCI mode.
Platform is a ga-z77x-ud3h
Win 8 x64 (uefi)
Win 7 x64 (uefi, dual boot)

See post above for more info on test configuration.

Results done on the same SSD:





Here is driver effect on a same Efi Satadriver (12.5)



Here is the complete set of data:

http://www.mediafire.com/?l2d8w4g4lu35o4t



Don't hesitate if you have question about test configuration

#25 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by odiebugs 08.08.2013 00:35

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Zitat von Teddybehr im Beitrag #24
Here are some comparison of all RST driver (D) from 11.7 to 12.8 with their respective firmware (S).
Those results are in AHCI mode.

Why is the OROM listed if only done in AHCI and not in RAID ? Nice post, thanks.

#26 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by odiebugs 08.08.2013 00:38

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Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #22
@ Teddybehr:
Thank you for the AHCI benchmark results. I will do a look into them and let you know what I suggest to do.

@ 100PIER:
Your benchmark results are much better than mine, although we both have a very similar system and are using the exact same RAID driver/SataDriver combination.
The most important difference probably is the Operating System (yours is Win7 x64, the mine is Win8.1 x64 Preview).
Hey Fern :

I have a question, have you ever taken raw data and transferred it, then taken different bench software to see which one had the closet results to real world performance ? Just wondering if you know which one is the best to use for benching.

#27 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Fernando 08.08.2013 01:02

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Zitat von odiebugs im Beitrag #26
I have a question, have you ever taken raw data and transferred it, then taken different bench software to see which one had the closet results to real world performance ? Just wondering if you know which one is the best to use for benching.
None of the benchmark tools will give a realistic mapping of the performance while working with the computer. Nevertheless they are the only utilities, which give reviewable results regarding the performance rates under specified conditions (writing/reading of small/big files).
According to my experience the AS_SSD and Anvil's Benchmark tools will give the most meaningful results.

#28 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Teddybehr 09.08.2013 06:51

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Zitat von odiebugs im Beitrag #25
Zitat von Teddybehr im Beitrag #24
Here are some comparison of all RST driver (D) from 11.7 to 12.8 with their respective firmware (S).
Those results are in AHCI mode.
Why is the OROM listed if only done in AHCI and not in RAID ? Nice post, thanks.

Thank you very much. Hope it helps.
The efi satadriver (S) takes care of the ssd/hdd management instead of the intel orom when the OS is installed in UEFI mode (instead of legacy).
The efi satadriver is kind of the orom...but for UEFI installation. The satadriver operated also in AHCI (not only in raid).

I changed the satadriver version in the bios. For each version of the satadriver (S), I re-flashed the bios. I changed drivers version (D) accordingly to match the satadriver version.Then proceed with testing.

I did some test with the same satadriver (12.5) version with all driver version (from 11.7 to 12.8) also to see the "driver effect". I think it shows that the best driver seems to be the one that is the same version as the satadriver version.

Hope it answer you question.

Regards

P.S. As you can see though, there is not much difference. Its about 2% at best. Thing surprising also was that it has some effect on hdd transfer too.
P.S.S. I am using the 12.5 combination right now but I think I will go back with the 11.7 for my z77 board

#29 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by odiebugs 09.08.2013 16:18

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Zitat von Teddybehr im Beitrag #28
Hope it answer you question.

Regards

P.S. As you can see though, there is not much difference. Its about 2% at best. Thing surprising also was that it has some effect on hdd transfer too.
P.S.S. I am using the 12.5 combination right now but I think I will go back with the 11.7 for my z77 board
Thanks Teddy, my mistake for not paying attention, kinda missed the uefi next to OS. I have been asking ASRock to add options to my BIOS, as I have 3 SataDrivers, RST, 11, 12 series and the RST-E.
But I can't choose, only have the option to pick RST or RST-E. They said they will mod a beta for me but still waiting, as you said, the 11 series seems to have the best in performance. Which was also seen with Fern doing such a nice job of benching on his system.

#30 RE: Benchmark comparison of my favorite Intel RAID driver/OROM combinations by Artemius 25.08.2013 15:06

First and foremost my warm regards to this community,especially to Fernando,and a big thanks for all the awesome info i have found (and still going through them!)

Although this is mostly a bench thread by content,i guess its the appropriate one for my questions.

In regard to this -> Latest drivers for P45 and ICH10R ?, a big thanks to you Fernando,it was exactly what i needed to know.

Albeit however,i had done a clean system re-install (Win 7 x64 Ultimate) prior to your answer,and not being rly sure which SATA AHCI driver to choose,i had opted for the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager Version: 8.9.0.1023 (driver loading during install and subsequent software package installing through the desktop),since the IMSM brand was more of my chipsets era (ICH10R).

It worked fine alright,but from what i understand the " >64bit Intel RST AHCI/RAID Driver v11.2.0.1006 WHQL< " , is like "the last updated version of the IMSM with another brand-name".
So i am intrigued to try it out but i have a couple of questions.

1) Will i have to do a complete system re-install,or loading the driver through the recovery options of the installation disk will suffice ? Or simply updating the driver through the Device Manager will be stable ?
2) Should i first uninstall the IMSM software ?

Also,the IMSM oROM is the V.8.5.0.1030 . I'm a little skeptical of modding the bios to tell the truth...

Last,2 bench screenshots of the fresh-installed WD Caviar Green 2TB (WD20EZRX) running on IMSM Version: 8.9.0.1023


4KB blocks read


8MB blocks read

Results are on par with the specs given by WD,but there is a chance this drive can go even faster (there are 2 versions of this drive around,one of which cranks up to 165-170 mb/s max seq. - 135-140 mb/s average).

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