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#76 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by rand0mz805 20.08.2018 11:59

@Fernando Ah, ok I see. Do you suggest running the Intel Management Engine services or disabling those? I turned off the RST services like you suggested. Also, which driver would affect the nvme drive temperature? At one point I had it idling in the low 40's, but after changing many drivers and settings I'm idling at higher temp. I can't remember how I had it configured when I was idling at that better temperature.

Great point about age life of my SSD, the drive is over two years old now that I think about it. I've probably re-installed windows on it more than twenty times, haha. At one point I obsessed over making the perfect Windows deployment when I learned that I could trim down the operating system exactly to my liking and have many less processes/services.

Thanks for the input and the information, this type of information is not so easy to find. Just for kicks I'll try to post a screenshot following the instructions you gave.



*Edit* Okay I edited the photo to take less space. I could print screen next time, but anvil saves me the trouble of cropping out the taskbar with all of my opened programs.

#77 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by Fernando 20.08.2018 12:37

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Zitat von rand0mz805 im Beitrag #76
*Edit* Cool it worked!
It worked, but uses too much space and doesn't look nice.
If you want to take a complete screenshot of any open application window, you should better follow >this< guide.

#78 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by poceh 15.11.2018 10:58

Hi Fernando and all of you guys,

Thanks for your wonderful guide and the provided EFI module. I've successfully modified my BIOS file several times already (Trim in RAID0, NVMe v3 module, now v4, as well as other stuff) for motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 with i7 3770k.
Installation and boot is in full UEFI mode, CSM is disabled and Secure Boot is enabled, Ultra Fast boot mode on. It takes 5-6 seconds from the moment you press the Power button to the Windows desktop environment.
This is with Samsung 970 Pro 1TB disk on CPU PCIE 3.0 port:



Meltdown and Spectre mitigations are lowering those numbers a lot, this is w/o Meltdown:



Do you think those random 4K results are fine? I was expecting something around 50-60es.

Thanks again for giving new life to our legacy hardware.

#79 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by Fernando 15.11.2018 12:52

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@poceh:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum and thanks for your feedback!

Zitat von poceh im Beitrag #3627
Do you think those random 4K results are fine?
The 4K results of SSDs are quite different and depend on the specific SSD, the PCIe connection (best: PCIe v3.0 x 4) and the individual configuration. As long as you use your current system, you can only change the latter option. >Here< is the related guide.
Enjoy the speed of your NVMe SSD!
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#80 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by poceh 15.11.2018 13:20

Thanks Fernando for those links.

It seems I've gone through all of these steps, but I haven't installed Intel 12.9 AHCI drivers (using microsoft one currently). But I've installed Samsung v3 NVMe driver. When using the SSD on a PCI 3.0 x4 directly to the CPU and not via Chipset, is this AHCI driver anyway important?

Disabling both Spectre and Meltdown mitigations give a much better scores in random (but less sequential):

#81 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by Fernando 15.11.2018 13:34

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Zitat von poceh im Beitrag #3629
When using the SSD on a PCI 3.0 x4 directly to the CPU and not via Chipset, is this AHCI driver anyway important?
No!

#82 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by poceh 15.11.2018 14:08

Of course, that’s pretty obvious. Anyway just wanted to confirm.

#83 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by Fernando 16.11.2018 11:46

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@poceh:
Since our recent discussion doesn't really match the topic "How to get full NVMe support for all systems with an AMI UEFI BIOS", I have moved it into this thread and hope, that this is ok for you.

#84 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by kostas_k 23.11.2018 01:10

Hello!

I discovered this great forum when i searched all over the net for "Intel 82801IM ICH9-M - 4-Port SATA AHCI Controller" drivers.
I have a tosthiba satellite a300 laptop with Motherboard Chipset: Intel GM45 (Cantiga-GM) + ICH9M (Base).
Since the laptop is already old, i thought i need a little upgade. The cpu upgrade will not contribute enough, one told me to install a new ssd disk.
When i run the "hwinfo32" i discovered that the chipset in motherboard supports only Gen2 SATA (3.0 Gbps).

So, my question to you is probably dumm, but i don't know if someone can help:
"is it possible to make my system capable of gen 3 sata???" (means 6.0 gbps)

i searched if i can do it through: a)bios update or b)ich9 controller drivers update, but did not find any answers.
What i mean is: can someone make -through any instructions- this 2008-made chipset to behave like a 2011-made ???
(i found out that the ich9 revision number 23 that come out on March 2011 supported gen3 sata drives)

If the answer is no, at least will i benefit from the ssd disk that will run unfortunately under sata gen 2, or i should not buy it???

Thanks in advance!

#85 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by Fernando 23.11.2018 10:51

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@kostas_k:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum!
Since your request has not much to do with the topic "Modded Intel AHCI and RAID Drivers", I haved moved it into this better matching thread.
Now to your question:
I don't think, that you will be able get SATA III (6GB/s) support for your old mainboard by modifying the BIOS.
The only chance to enhance the speed of one or more connected SATA SSDs will be to buy a PCI Express SATA Controller add-on card like >this< one.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#86 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by kostas_k 23.11.2018 15:10

First of all, sorry for my mistake (i was searching for drivers, that's why i wrote at that topic).
thanks for your reply, but:
a) the system i want to upgrade is laptop and the item you suggested -i suppose- is for desktops only. in a prior google search i read that most of these cards usually have not good effects on speed.
b) but even if you findand propose a really good card for laptop's empty pci slot (i opened it and did not find any...), i think that the only pci express x16 slot is occupied by the graphics card gpu (the hwinfo32 reports that)...

in any case, thanks for your response!
i will read all the tips you suggest in the topics and do anything i can!

thanks again!

#87 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by rand0mz805 23.11.2018 18:59

@kostas_k My laptop came with an SSD manufactured by Crucial. They offer a software that enables a memory cache on the drive, and the results were unbelievable. This may be something you want to look into. I went from regular SSD speeds to nvme speeds using this technique on my laptop. It has long been debated whether or not these caches truly increase performance in real world situations, but my scores skyrocketed in Crystal Diskmark, AS SSD, and Anvil Storage.

#88 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by Fernando 23.11.2018 19:39

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@rand0mz805:
These caching tools (e.g. Samsung Magician's "RAPID mode") give the user extremely good benchmark results, but they have nearly no effect on the performance of your SSD during your daily work.
What the benchmark tools measure is the speed of the system's memory and not the speed of the SSD.

#89 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by rand0mz805 23.11.2018 20:34

@Fernando I stated this in my post, it's probably the the most practical idea for a laptop though.

#90 RE: How to boost the AHCI/NVMe performance of Intel Chipset systems by DoZe 14.07.2019 05:32

Hi.

i've just made some test to compare Intel NVMe Controller v17.2.12.1035, OFA NVMe v1.5 and Win10 native NVMe 10.0.18362.1

System : DeLL Inspiron 7777 Aio (H370 chipset) equipped with KBG30ZMS256G NVMe from Toshiba 256GB (not a great Runner)
Windows 10 v1903 (18362.239)


1) Incredible improvement of coldstart boot time delay with the Intel v17.2.12.1035, OFA and native Win 10 driver give me a boot time of 7 seconds when the intel one boot in 3.5s !!!

Strange fact : Just After driver installation, at Coldstart, Microsoft have very short boot time, same as the intel, but at the 2nd Coldstart time increase to 7 second. Intel keep is short boot Delay.

2) Hot Restart give the same time with each of the 3 drivers.

3) Very Fast Login (password to desktop), no more spinning point Wheel just after strike "Enter" with the Intel Driver.

Benchmark : From the Left to the right : Intel , Microsoft , OFA


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