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#331 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by elisw 29.09.2017 13:13

Hi Dieter,
Is there any more information about the Intel RAID driver v13.44.0.1026 modded and signed by you?
will it work with all systems (from 6 series up)?
where is it possible to download a copy?
thanks

#332 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 29.09.2017 14:01

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Zitat von elisw im Beitrag #331
Is there any more information about the Intel RAID driver v13.44.0.1026 modded and signed by you?
The Forum members NIK1 and Dunbar asked for the download links and got them a while ago, but until now I haven't seen any feedback from their side.

Zitat
will it work with all systems (from 6 series up)?

I am pretty sure, that they will work with all Intel chipsets/Southbridges from ICH7 up.

Zitat
where is it possible to download a copy?

Until now nowhere, but I will add the links to the start post of the “Modded Intel AHCI/RAID Drivers“ thread, when I got positive test results.

#333 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by elisw 29.09.2017 16:36

I have three different platforms here and am willing to test on those.
Q65 with win7 and hdd
H81 with win 10 and ssd + hdd
H170 with win 10 and ssd
Please send me a link and will report soon

#334 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 29.09.2017 21:05

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@elisw:
You got the links via PM.
Good luck!

#335 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by elisw 29.09.2017 23:32

bad news.
tried with windows 10 and H81 but got BSOD and needed to restore to a previous point.
strange also I had to use the "have disk" option even having imported the certificate ages ago.
Previous (and current) driver is v.13.2.8.1002

#336 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 29.09.2017 23:42

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@elisw:
Thanks for having tested the recently modded Intel RST driver v13.44.0.1026 and thanks for your report.
Questions:
1. Did you do the tests in AHCI or RAID mode?
2. Which error message did you get?

#337 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by elisw 29.09.2017 23:49

test was in AHCI mode.
the error was after installing the driver and during the OS restart. it was a Recovery error: your PC needs to be repaired.
I did not write down the exact error... I may try it again later

#338 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by elisw 29.09.2017 23:58

I've just noticed during install it mentions the authenticode signature is not valid

#339 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by george-2015 22.12.2017 15:57

here's my result with intel RST latest v15.9.0.1015 modded driver:



EDIT by Fernando: Inserted too big sized image split and attached by using the Forum software (size can be enlarged by clicking onto them)

MS AHCI driver:




old windows 8 driver :



13.2.4.1000 driver has HDD samsung F1 1TB constant clicking bug which is unfixable even with the registry fix unlike newer drivers:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iaStorA\Parameters\Device]
"EnableAPM"=dword:00000000

so for my system it's not the best choice

newest driver result with native Z87 Chipset support which i used before installing 15.9.0.1015 driver:

#340 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 22.12.2017 20:28

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Zitat von george-2015 im Beitrag #339
13.2.4.1000 driver has HDD samsung F1 1TB constant clicking bug which is unfixable even with the registry fix unlike newer drivers
This driver is not listed within the start post of >this< thread.
Have you ever tried the mucg newer Intel RST(e) driver 13.2.8.1002 WHQL?

#341 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by george-2015 23.12.2017 11:49

13 branch drivers all have constant clicking with samsung F1 1TB, 14-15 branch also have clicking but you can fix it with simple registry fix :

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iaStorA\Parameters\Device]
"EnableAPM"=dword:00000000

without F1 1TB 13 branch drivers perform quite well, i used them 3 years ago with windows 8, but to stop clicking i used crystalmarkinfo Advanced power management enabled in task scheduler, 15.9 drivers are quite good for single samsung 840 evo,i thought that they would perform worse than 14.8.16.1063 drivers but in fact they are even faster and quite stable on windows 10 1709 latest update, i benchmarked modded 15.2-15.7 drivers before but they performed worse than 14.8 drivers on Z87 motherboard, with Z370 motherboard 15.9 drivers should be even better on windows 10 RS3 build

#342 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by guigo21 30.12.2017 19:04

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Just a couple of tests with the Intel RST 15.5.5.1059. Despite the drive (500GB 850 EVO SSD) nearly 60% full and heavily used for almost a year and a half the stability and performance are great so far. What do you guys think? Would be worth it to go with the 960 EVO NVMe series?

#343 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 30.12.2017 21:03

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@guigo21:
Thanks for the benchmark tests. Yes, the results are fine.

Zitat von guigo21 im Beitrag #342
What are you guys think? Would be worth it to go with the 960 EVO NVMe series?
You will not realize a performance boost while reading or writing small sized files, but when it comes to tasks like video encoding, the difference will be tremendous.

#344 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 13.01.2018 18:14

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@ all:
Yesterday I have done a clean install of the Win10 "Insider Preview" Build 17074 onto my Z170 system. After having completed the install I made a very surprising detection:
The upcoming v1803 of Windows 10 contains a brandnew in-box Intel RST RAID driver v15.44.0.1006 dated 10/24/2017, which will be used by the Win10 Setup for all Intel RAID systems from ICH8R up (just a reminder: The in-box Intel RAID driver of Win10 v1709 was v13.44.0.1026 dated 02/22/2017).
This find was so fascinating for me, that I immediately tried to compose a working mod+signed Intel AHCI driver v15.44.0.1006 (the same way I had done in in September 2017 with the Intel RST v13.44.0.1026 driver) and to do a benchmark test by using this self-composed Intel AHCI driver.
Since my first test results were very encouraging, that I decided to do a complete new AHCI driver benchmark comparison test, which included the newest MS STORAHCI and the latest/best 8 Intel RST(e) AHCI drivers. Test SSD was my SATA connected 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD running in AHCI mode, which I am using for storage purposes.

Update of the Start Post
Changelog:

  • New: Test results with a Z170 system running in AHCI mode
    Tested AHCI drivers:
    1. Win10 IP Build 17074 in-box MS Standard AHCI driver v10.0.17074.1000 dated 01/07/2018 (name: storahci.sys)
    2. mod+signed Intel RST(e) driver v13.2.8.1002 dated 07/09/2015 (latest v13 platform AHCI driver Intel has ever released for the public, doesn't natively support Intel Chipsets from 100-Series up)
    3. self-composed mod+signed Intel RST(e) driver v13.44.0.1026 dated 02/22/2017, composed by me on 11/16/2017
      (contains the just renamed, but code related untouched original Intel iaStorAV.sys file v13.44.0.1026)
    4. Intel RST(e) driver v14.8.16.1063 WHQL dated 04/10/2017 (currently latest Intel RST driver from the v14 platform)
    5. Intel RST(e) driver v15.5.5.1059 WHQL dated 06/01/2017 (currently latest Intel RST driver from the v15.5 series)
    6. Intel RST(e) driver v15.7.6.1027 WHQL dated 09/26/2017 (currently latest Intel RST driver from the v15.7 series)
    7. Intel RST(e) driver v15.9.0.1015 WHQL dated 10/12/2017 v15.9.1.1018 WHQL dated 11/16/2017 (currently latest Intel RST driver from the v15.9 series)
    8. self-composed mod+signed Intel RST(e) driver v15.44.0.1006 dated 10/24/2017, composed by me on 01/12/2018
      (contains the just renamed, but code related untouched original Intel iaStorAV.sys file v15.44.0.1006)
    9. Intel RST(e) driver v16.0.1.1008 dated 12/13/2017 (currently latest Intel RST driver from the v16 platform)

The results I got were as surprising as those of my recent tests.

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#345 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Spaarpott 28.01.2018 16:46

Hi Fernando,

Thanks for your comprehensive forum of information.
Learned a lot in about 8 hours I've spent already reading lots of posts.
Also UBU tool is great! Works like a charm.

The story and my decisions:
I've had to upgrade my windows to version 1709 from 1607 which is according to Microsoft "end of life.
However, these gave an error using extended desktop (dual screen) which I tried to fix for hours using different solutions.
The bug is in explorer.exe keeps crashing and restarting.
Anyhow, I reinstalled windows 10 latest version and now it works correctly.
I also disabled CSM completely in my UEFI bios so I am now running on EFI mode. (no RAID screen anymore during boot)

My system: See link to nl.hardware system
Asrock Z97 Extreme 4 (Latest bios v2.5)
Bios Orom/EFI version: 13.0.0.2075
Intel I7-4790K
SSD system disk non raid OCZ Vector 150
Raid 5: 4x WD Red 4T (total storage 10,9TB) (Created in Windows RST software under win 8.1 in 2014)
Main use of raid is just storage of documents and larger files (1GB)

The reason I came to your site, was I had to install RST software and had no idea which version.
The driver is the built in 13.44.0.1026 version.
Asrock download page > Link < gives version 14.6.0.1029 which I find weird,
as you state on your site > link to page < , that 13 branch is the better one for Z97.
Also that you find the 13.44.0.1026 promising drivers (especially write as shown in Z170 benchmarks), so I will stick with them.

For the RST Software version, i've found your post:
Intel RST/RSTe Drivers (newest: v16.0.1.1008/v5.3.0.1388 WHQL) (114)
So i've installed: Intel RST Software v13.2.8.1002 -Nodrv


Question 1:
Do I need to update my Intel EFI "RaidDriver/SataDriver" module, as I am now using EFI mode.
I read on Intel RST/RSTe Drivers (newest: v16.0.1.1008/v5.3.0.1388 WHQL) start post:
v13.44 series ones are not available. Use EFI RaidDriver v13.2.0.2134 resp. RAID ROM v13.2.2.2224.
What will 13.2.0.2134 give me for advantage over v13.0.0.2075. A slight performance gain?

Question 2:
Should I wait until the V1803 update and see what happens with the windows driver.
because if I read your post correct > link to post <
the driver version 13.44.0.1026 will be updated to v15.44.0.1006 with the win 10 v1803 update (from ICH8R up)?
Would it then also be better to include a V15 EFI rom in the bios, or will this never work with a Z97 bios?

Also, setting the bios to my liking takes me a lot of time, so I only want to update it once .

Thanks!

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