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#1336 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by Matth79 20.12.2018 03:18

You may need to integrate the OCZ/Toshiba driver... [Guide] Integration of drivers into a Win7/8/10 image
It also appears that Win8.1 may have better support https://nvmexpress.org/nvm-express-boot-...server-2012-r2/

Pretty sure you can install Win10 on the Win8 key, and I'd expect inbox support from Win10 - I've only looked at Win8 once, and that was only for long enough to upgrade it to 10

#1337 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by Fernando 20.12.2018 10:33

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@VIBE:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum!
Matth79 is right - you should better install Win10, which has natively a better NVMe support than Win8.
Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#1338 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by Fernando 20.12.2018 13:41

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@all:
Update of the start post

Changelog:

  • Intel NVMe drivers:
    • new: "pure" 64bit Intel RSTe NVMe drivers v5.5.0.1360 WHQL dated 08/27/2018 for Win8-10 x64
    • new: Intel RSTe Storage Drivers & Software Set v5.5.0.2012 WHQL dated 12/05/2018 for Win8-10 x64
      Notes:
      Supported are the NVMe Controllers of the following Intel NVMe SSDs:
      • P3700/3600/P3500/P3520/750 Series (DeviceID of the NVMe Controller: DEV_0953)
      • DC P3520 Series (DeviceID of the NVMe Controller: DEV_0A53)
      • DC P4500 and DC P4600/4501/4601/4608/4510 Series (DeviceID of the NVMe Controller: DEV_0A54)
      • DC P4600 (DeviceID of the NVMe Controller: DEV_0A55)
      • DC P5501/P5601 Series (DeviceID of the NVMe Controller: DEV_0A60)
      • Pro 7600p/760p/E 6100p Series (DeviceID of the NVMe Controller: DEV_F1A6)
      • 660p Series (DeviceID of the NVMe Controller: DEV_F1A8)
      • Optane P4800x Series (DeviceID of the related NVMe Controller: DEV_2701)

Thanks to Station-Drivers for the source package.

Good luck with these new Intel NVMe drivers!
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#1339 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by ViBE 27.12.2018 13:07

thanks guys. i will check that thread. i have some special reasons to use that exact version btw so that's why i try to figure out things.

#1340 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by Fernando 27.12.2018 14:01

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@ViBE:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum and sorry for my late reply!

Why do you want to get Win8 installed, which has not the best NVMe support? Win10 would be much better!
Furthermore you should make sure, that the BIOS of your laptop supports booting off an NVMe SSD. If the required NVMe module is not present within the BIOS, you cannot use any NVMe SSD as bootable system drive.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#1341 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by AndrMuc 30.12.2018 19:38

Hello,
i have a new Mainboard with Intel ZX390 Chipset and a Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB, Intel Core i9-9900k, 32 Gbyte Ram

I made many tests:
* Windows10 1809 64 Bit integrated NVME Driver
* Samsung NVME Driver 3.0.0.1802
* Device Manager -> Drive Property -> Policies -> "Turn off Windows Write-Cache-Buffer flushing on the device" (which had little or no effect)

My performance tests with different tools differs only a little bit ( ~ 2-5%, overall cumulated ~ 2%), where the Microsoft NVME Driver seems to be a little bit faster than the Samsung NVME driver.
After the tests I would choose the Microsoft driver, what do the professionals mean here? Does the Samsung driver have any other advantages except that some users, not me, have better performance?

Best regards
Andre

#1342 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by Fernando 30.12.2018 21:49

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@AndrMuc:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum!

If I were you, I wouldn't change the in-use NVMe driver (as long as you are not running into problems).
In June 2018 I have done an extended NVMe driver comparison test with my Z170 system running a Samsung 970 SSD with different NVMe drivers and got a similar result (look >here<).
For some systems is the Samsung NVMe driver better performant, for others the MS in-box one. Both are fine.

Happy New Year!
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#1343 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by AndrMuc 30.12.2018 22:44

Thank you very much

#1344 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by 100PIER 31.12.2018 18:29

@AndrMuc
To reply to your question:"Does the Samsung driver have any other advantages except that some users, not me, have better performance?" the minor advantage is to allow Samsung Magician to offer some specific features that are not offered when using native MS 'in the box' driver.

#1345 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by AndrMuc 31.12.2018 18:33

Thank you, yes, I read something like that, but it wasn't quite tangible for me, he allegedly would use caches better, which is not noticeable in the benchmarks. I returned to the Microsoft driver. I would only use the Samsung if using the Microsoft driver would have a negative impact, for example on the life of the SSD.

#1346 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by lfb6 05.01.2019 12:55

Stumbled upon some drivers named rste 4.7.0.2077, at least F6-files Win7 and Win 8 seem to be drivers for "Intel(R) NVMe Storage Devices" and "Intel(R) RSTe Virtual Controller", dated 10/17/2017, driver 4.7.0.2044, 12/07/2017. Couldn't find information in the installer.

F6 supported disks:
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0953.DeviceDesc = "Intel(R) Solid-State Drive P3700/P3600/P3500/P3520/750 Series"
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A53.DeviceDesc = "Intel(R) Solid-State Drive DC P3520 Series"
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A54.DeviceDesc = "Intel(R) SSD DC P4500/4600/4501/4601/4608 Series"
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A55.DeviceDesc = "Intel(R) SSD DC 4600 Series"
;PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2700.DeviceDesc = "Intel(R) Optane(tm) SSD 900P Series"
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2701.DeviceDesc = "Intel(R) Optane(tm) SSD DC P4800X Series"
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_F1A6.DeviceDesc = "Intel(R) Solid-State Drive HarrisHarbor"
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0A60.DeviceDesc = "Intel SSD DC P5601/P5501 Series"

>Uploaded here<, >original link (4.1G)<

Rather old, don't know if of any interest

(Target seems to be removed in one link in the first post of this thread, but link to mirror works:
Intel RSTe NVMe drivers v5.5.0.1360:
>64bit Intel RSTe NVMe Drivers v5.5.0.1360 WHQL for Win8-10 x64< )

#1347 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by Fernando 05.01.2019 14:14

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@lfb6:
Thanks for your contribution and the linked Intel RSTe NVMe drivers v4.7.0.2044. Although they are not up-to-date (the v5.5.0.1360 ones are much newer and support the exactly same NVMe Controllers), they are the latest, which belong to the v4 platform. That is why I have stored them within my personal storage driver collection.

Zitat von lfb6 im Beitrag #1346
Target seems to be removed in one link in the first post of this thread, but link to mirror works:
Intel RSTe NVMe drivers v5.5.0.1360: >64bit Intel RSTe NVMe Drivers v5.5.0.1360 WHQL for Win8-10 x64<
You are right - the MEGA link was broken, but is meanwhile repaired. Thanks for he hint!

#1348 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by tistou77 05.01.2019 15:02

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Hello

For Optane 900P, it's better to use Intel NVMe drivers v3.2.0.1002 or Intel RSTe NVMe drivers v5.5.0.1360 ?

Thanks

EDIT: After checking, the Optane 900P is present in the iaRNVMe.inf but is excluded (a ; in front of the ID, etc...)

#1349 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by Fernando 05.01.2019 15:15

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@tistou77:
Maybe I am wrong, but think, that the "normal" v3 platform Intel NVMe drivers are the better choice for users, who don't have an Intel C600/C600+ chipset system (X99/X299/X399).

#1350 RE: Recommended AHCI/RAID and NVMe Drivers by tistou77 05.01.2019 16:02

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@Fernando
I tested v3 and v4, and v3 are better
But I have an x299 chipset

For Intel RSTe NVMe drivers v5.5.0.1360, the Intel Optane 900P is indicated in the .inf but excluded with the ";"

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