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#676 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Fernando 09.04.2018 18:13

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@ase-le:
@Safado2:
@100PIER:
JFYI - I have moved your recent requests and my replies into this better matching thread and hope, that this is ok for you.

#677 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by 100PIER 09.04.2018 19:07

ok for me

#678 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Newblet 16.04.2018 21:46

Hello Fernando!

I've been following your threads here for a while and have always been using the Classic IRST Drivers.
Recently my friend wanted to build a new PC, so we got him an 8700K (8th Gen / Intel 300-Series / Z370). He only uses AHCI/Default settings (He doesn't use RAID). Should he stick with the built-in Windows 10 SATA drivers? If not, which drivers would you recommend?

Thanks for all your hard work >~<

EDIT: What Intel ME drivers would you recommend as well? I normally install them just in-case since I will be overclocking - otherwise I don't normally install them..

#679 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Fernando 16.04.2018 23:17

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@Newblet:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum!
If I would have an Intel 300-Series Chipset system, I would compare the Win10 in-box AHCI driver with the latest Intel RST Drivers and then stick with the better one.
Regarding the "best" Intel MEI driver you should better look into the topic related thread.
Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#680 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by geneo 17.04.2018 04:39

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Intel just released 16.0.2.1086

#681 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Fernando 17.04.2018 11:29

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Zitat von geneo im Beitrag #680
Intel just released 16.0.2.1086
Yes, these are the drivers, which I recommend to use with an Intel 300-Series Chipset system (as alternative to the MS in-box AHCI driver.
By the way: This Forum offers these currently latest Intel RST Drivers already since 22. March ( look >here<).

#682 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Scoty 19.04.2018 11:30

The v16 is only for 300 Chipset? Do you recomment not use with older Chipset? I have a Asus z170 Pro Gaming with 100 Chipset.

#683 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Fernando 19.04.2018 13:16

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@Scoty:
The original Intel RST platform v16 AHCI/RAID drivers do support all Intel Chipsets from 100-Series up, but seem to be specificly optimized for Intel 300-Series Chipset systems.
According to my own benchmark comparison tests (look >here<) the v16 platform AHCI/RAID drivers were not the best choice for my Z170 Chipset system, but I haven't yet tested the latest Intel RST AHCI driver v16.0.2.1086.
Conclusion: Find it out youself!

#684 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Scoty 23.04.2018 06:46

Have you test intel_rst_15.9.3.1026 too, its also good like v15.44.0.1006 mod+signed? Which one use you for now on your z170 system? On Download Site i dont see this v15.44.0.1006 mod+signed.

#685 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Fernando 23.04.2018 13:30

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Zitat von Scoty im Beitrag #684
Have you test intel_rst_15.9.3.1026 too, its also good like v15.44.0.1006 mod+signed?
Please look into the start post of my "Benchmark comparison test" thread. There you find all drivers, which have been recently tested and compared by me.

Zitat von Scoty
Which one use you for now on your z170 system?

Since my system drive uses an NVMe Controller, the Intel SATA AHCI driver version doesn't matter.

Zitat von Scoty
On Download Site i dont see this v15.44.0.1006 mod+signed.

Which "Download Site" do you mean?

#686 Needing Intel RST(e) driver v13.2.4.1000 driver and RST software by eyagdereli 06.05.2018 01:20

For my Lenovo Ideapad Y510P NOTEBOOK which has Intel HM86 chipset motherboard,
I need moded and signed Intel RST(e) driver v13.2.4.1000 driver and RST software
which is recommended by Fernando for Intel 8 and 9 series chipsets in
Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers .
But I couldn't find any link for download for it in the forum.
Should I use v13.1.0.1058 or v13.2.8.1002 which are provided in the forum; or is there a place
where I can download 13.2.4.1000.
Thanks for any suggestions and helps.

#687 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Fernando 06.05.2018 08:22

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@eyagdereli:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum!

As you can read within the start post of this thread, I recommend for Intel 8-Series Chipset systems to take the Intel RST(e) drivers v13.2.8.1002 WHQL. They belong to the same development branch as the v13.2.4.1000 ones, but are much newer and even better performant.

Since there is no reason for a new thread about your request, I have moved your post into this already existing and perfectly matching thread.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#688 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by rajkosto 02.07.2018 16:02

Hello, I've encountered a strange undocumented issue using on newer Intel RST drivers: extremely high KERNEL CPU usage (100% of an entire core) when accessing RAID5 array (read or write, cached or not, doesn't matter), on any Intel RST version that SUPPORTS OPTANE (so 15.5.2 or later).
I've tested on both Win7 and Win10, with versions 13.2 - 16.5 (obviously only up to 15.9.2 on win7), and 15.2.2 is the last one that has normal CPU usage (https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/2...008/unknown.png), while all after that, starting with 15.5.2, have super high cpu usage, which actually bottlenecks the transfer speed to max 250MB/s write approx(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/3...826/unknown.png).
RAID0 is unaffected, only RAID5 is (i have 3 2TB WDBlue5400RPM drives in an array), stripe size and caching options don't matter. This was on a Asus Z270-A PRIME motherboard running bios 1302 (but 1202 has same result) with Option ROM 15.5.0
So people using RAID5 should stick to 14.8 or 15.2.2 versions, maybe the recommended version to use in this thread should be changed ?

#689 RE: Which are the "best" Intel AHCI/RAID drivers? by Fernando 02.07.2018 19:31

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@rajkosto:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your report.
I will add your recommendation into the start post.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#690 Choosing the right AHCI drivers. by perro_futuro 08.07.2018 02:26

Well, hi there!

I own a laptop HP Pavilion dv7-7180ec. It carries two disk drives: 128 GB SSD + 750 GB HDD. The OS is Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit.
The full Intel RST software suite is currently installed on the laptop. Since its version is old (but newest distributed by HP for my laptop) I would like to update it.
Maybe there will be a boost in performance, maybe not. Regardless, I will be happy to get rid of that stupid suite and its background services and thus memory use.

I understand that by uninstalling the suite the generic Microsoft SATA AHCI drivers will probably take place. Then I will remove all leftovers.
After that, is it OK just to install drivers from f6flpy-x64.zip archive using device manager? I mean right-click on the generic drivers, select update, choose files from archive ... Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

But, well, which drivers are best for my laptop? Current (old) drivers are: 11.0.0.1032 (11/29/2011). In the device manager the storage controller is listed as "Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller".
Laptop has Intel Core i7-3610QM processor (3rd gen Core), Intel HD Graphics 4000, nVidia GT 630M, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and two disks as I have already mentioned.
Since the processor is a mobile derivate of the Ivy Bridge platform, I guess the chipset should be the Intel Z77 Mobile Express Chipset but that's only my guess. I found no information related to the chipset my laptop has.

I found this article. According to the article my way to go is with Intel RST(e) drivers v12.9.4.1000 WHQL dated 04/24/2014,
those drivers are recommended for all Intel 5-Series, 6-Series and Mobile 7-Series Chipset systems. The nearest Intel's official release to v12.9.4.1000 is v12.9.0.1001 from 12/12/2013.
However, in the read-me notes of version 11.7.0.1013 from 12/3/2012 there is mentioned something about Intel Mobile Express Chipset (while in read-me notes of v11.7.0.1013 it is NOT).

v11.7.0.1013 (12/3/2012):

Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology is designed to provide functionality for the following Storage Controllers:

RAID Controllers:
- Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller
- Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller <---
- Intel(R) ICH7MDH SATA RAID Controller
- Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA RAID Controller

AHCI Controllers:
- Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) 7 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller <---
- Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) 5 Series 4 Port SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) 5 Series 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) ICH10D/DO SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) ICH7M/MDH SATA AHCI Controller
- Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA AHCI Controller

v12.9.0.1001 (12/12/2013):
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology Release is designed to providefunctionality for the following Storage Controllers:
• Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
• Intel(R) 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
• Intel(R) 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
• Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series SATA AHCI/RAID Controller
• Intel(R) X79 Express Chipset

Maybe, if I try to install from files of version v11.7.0.1013 (12/3/2012) then the RAID driver will be automatically installed, and if I try version v12.9.0.1001 (12/12/2013) then the Intel 7 Series/C210
or Mobile Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller will be installed instead. I don't know. What I know for sure is that I am not planning to use RAID configuration on my laptop so RAID drivers and the whole RAID utility (Intel RST) are pointless for me.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

EDIT by Fernando: Compatibility Details of the drivers put into a "spoiler" (to save space and for a better readability)

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