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#391 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 19.04.2019 22:48

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@rukhie:
Thank you for the attached Intel RST(e) drivers v12.7.3.1001 and the benchmark results you got with this driver while running Win7 on an Intel 8-Series Chipset system.
Btw I have moved your related post into this even better matching thread and hope, that this is ok for you.

Since I don't remember, that I ever had included the Intel RST(e) v12.7.3.1001 driver, when I did my extended tests to find out the best performant AHCI driver, I have just done some additional tests with my Z170 chipset system running Win10 v1903.

These were the AHCI drivers I have tested today on a 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD:
1. Win10 v1903 in-box MS Standard AHCI driver named storahci.sys (dated 03/19/2019, shown as being dated 06/21/2016)
2. Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v12.7.3.1001 WHQL (dated 07/24/2013)
3. Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v12.9.4.1000 WHQL (dated 04/07/2014)
4. Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v13.2.8.1002 (dated 07/09/2015)

These were the results I got:
(from the left to the right: MS in-box > Intel v12.7.3.1001 > Intel v12.9.4.1000 > Intel v13.2.8.1002)


As you can see, I got with the Intel RST(e) driver v12.7.3.1001 scores, which are rather similar to the ones you got with the same driver, but all other 3 tested AHCI drivers gave my test system even a better performance.

Here are the scores, which I have done into a table for a better comparability:


Used Driver

Overall READ Scores

Overall WRITE Scores

TOTAL Scores

My Ranking

MS Win10 v1903 in-box AHCI driver

2.614 pts.
2.985 pts.
5.600 pts.
Rank 3

Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v12.7.3.1001

2.560 pts.
3.026 pts.
5.586 pts.
Rank 4

Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v12.9.4.1000

2.633 pts.
3.008 pts.
5.642 pts.
Rank 2

Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v13.2.8.1002

2.635 pts.
3.017 pts.
5.652 pts.
Rank 1


For a better comparison it would be fine, if you would be able and willing to test the other 3 AHCI drivers as well.
Thanks in advance!

#392 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by rukhie 20.04.2019 01:58

@fernando
my apologies, thank you for moving my post into this more relevant thread.
thanks also for taking the time to compare this driver against the proven established drivers .
it is interesting to see your results.. in particular, I am not surprised to see my other favourite drivers in your results..

12.9.4.1000 & 13.2.8.1002 have always been the best performing drivers on my system. Indeed, I was using 12.9.4.1000 before and they gave very good performance..however I do not remember ever seeing a total score on anvil over 5350 points with either 12.9.4.1000 or 13.2.8.1002 on windows 7 on my Z87 chipset.
With these 12.7.3.1001 drivers, I was surprised to see a score on MY particular system for the 1st time over 5500..it stood out to me, so I thought I would share my findings.
Your results are on windows 10, perhaps that has something to do with it..it is probably more likely that my system has some other conflicts..ie, getting old, not a fresh installation of windows..
I will test again in a short while and post the results..

#393 RE: Performance of Intel RAID drivers on different systems by Member1 05.07.2019 11:14

Hi, thank you for this but where is the recommended driver ?

"Recommended RAID drivers for Intel Z170 Chipset RAID0 systems:
either Intel RAID driver v16.0.10.1104 or v15.5.2.1054 (absolutely outstanding OVERALL scores)
no real alternative"

#394 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by ATG 20.07.2019 06:59

Just wanted to share some benchmarks on my Z170 platform. The SSD I was testing was also my system drive which is not favorable for benchmarking. However, I was not interested in acheiving the highest score, but rather an indicator to the relative performance between each driver.


Test System:
Chipset: Intel Z170
Mainboard: Asus Maximus VIII Formula - BIOS 3801
SSD: 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO in AHCI mode
OS: Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC x64 (Version 1809 Build 17763.615)

Results:


MS Win10 Default AHCI Driver:



13.2.8.1002 mod+signed:



14.8.18.1066:



15.9.6.1044:



17.2.0.1099 from Intel website:





Ranking:
1. 13.2.8.1002 mod+signed
2. 14.8.18.1066
3. MS Win10 Default AHCI Driver
4. 17.2.0.1099 from Intel website
5. 15.9.6.1044


Just like Fernando's tests, the modded 13 series drivers are the best performing drivers on the Z170 chipset. Unfortunately, I had some random warnings with this driver (Event ID 129: "iaStorA Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued") This warning could be specific to my system or a bug with windows. This is the only reason I went with the 2nd place drivers.

#395 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Ivy 23.07.2019 22:53

@Fernando Hey, do you know of any good Intel RST raid driver for Windows 10 and the Z97 platform. I tried version v13.2.8.1002 but it wont install due to net framework errors. And Yes I did enable net.framework 3.5, but I still got the same problem.. Any help in this matter would be greatly appriciated.

#396 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 24.07.2019 00:51

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@Ivy:
Welcome to the Win-RAID Forum!
Now to your question: You can find my answer within the start post of >this< thread.
Unfortunately I cannot do any new tests myself with my old Intel 9-Series Chipset system, because I gave it away last Christmas, but why don't you try to find out yourself, which is the best Intel RAID driver for your specific system?
Good luck!
Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#397 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Ivy 24.07.2019 01:39

@Fernando
Thanks for the help, I think I'll just go with the v17.2.0.1009, mainly because it worked fine on my more modern z390 system, I would gladly still use v13.2.8.1002 as I have been for years on Windows 7 with my Z97 system, but the darn thing refused to install on Windows 10.

Anyhow cheers.

#398 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 24.07.2019 09:36

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@Ivy:
If it really should not be possible to get the Intel RAID driver v13.2.8.1002 working with your Intel 9-Series chipset system, I recommend to try the v15.5.2.1054 driver. I suspect, that it is a better choice for this system than any driver, which belongs to the v16 or v17 platform.

#399 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Ivy 24.07.2019 09:49

@Fernando
Yea so unfortunatly Microsoft had to go and update net.framework to 4.8 in the latest Windows 10 build 1903, and this really borked the v13.2.8.1002 installer, no matter what I do it gives me the net.framework error.. I even tried unzipping the installer with 7zip to get out the .msi files and install it that way but then it gives a whole other error + only the 32 bit installer works for whatever reason when doing that lol, so I don't know what else to try with that.. :/

Anyhow I'll try out the v15.5.2.1054 driver then thanks.

#400 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 24.07.2019 11:49

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@Ivy:
The .NET Framework has no impact on the installation of an Intel RST driver, but is required for the proper function of the Intel RST Software.
Note: Don't forget to uninstall the previously installed Intel RST Software from within the "Add/remove Software" section of the Control Panel, before you run the installer of any other Intel RST/RST(e) Drivers & Software Set.

#401 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Ivy 24.07.2019 15:18

@Fernando Ah, yeah sorry meant the software. And yes I always delete the previous version before installing a new one, I even tried doing a clean reinstallation of Windows but have the same problem with it. Anyhow I like using the software once for the Write-Back-Caching and to disable some power saving stuff, after i've done that I always uninstall the software anyway.

#402 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 29.07.2019 14:04

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@all:
Due to the availability of the recently updated Win10 v19H1 (now Build 18362.267) and the brandnew Intel RST drivers v17.5.2.1044 dated 07/08/2019, I have done today some new benchmark tests with my Z170 chipset system.
Although the results didn't contain any big surprise for me, they may be interesting for you.

Update of the start post

  • Changelog:
    • Updated: Latest test results with a Z170 system running in AHCI mode (all tests done on 07/28 and 07/29/2019)

Regards
Dieter (alias Fernando)

#403 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by ddelo 31.07.2019 15:53

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Dear Dieter @Fernando,

Hoping that you enjoy your retirement, I followed your expert advice to test myself for the best AHCI driver.
My system is an hp Series 9 laptop with i5 5200U CPU, 8GB RAM and a Samsung SSD EVO 860 500GB, with 75% free space running W10 Pro x64 v1903 18362.239.

Using the latest UBU tool, I found that the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM in my BIOS is version 13.5.0.2134.

So I started testing with Anvil’s Storage Utilities, the following drivers, running in AHCI mode:
The recommended by hp for my laptop, versions 13.5.0.1056 and 13.6.3.1001
The latest recommended by Microsoft for my HardwareID, version 14.8.16.1063
The “best” according to your tests for series 9, version 13.2.8.1002 and
The Microsoft in-box driver for my version 1903 Windows 10.

The results I got are summarized in the following chart.



Although the differences for the top 3 drivers are marginal (the 2 hp ones and 13.2.8.1002), I decided to go with the 13.6.3.1001 and I wanted to ask your opinion about any stability or other problems you might have noticed when testing your old Z97 system.

If and when you have the time, your answer will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot in advance.

My Best Regards and congratulations for this great forum. Dimitri

#404 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 31.07.2019 18:10

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@ddelo:
Thank you very much for having done some benchmark comparison tests by your own and for having posted the results within this thread.
You are right: The differences between the scores of the 3 best performing drivers are minimal and not detectable by the user while doing his daily computer work.

Zitat von ddelo im Beitrag #403
I wanted to ask your opinion about any stability or other problems you might have noticed when testing your old Z97 system.
I had tested the Intel AHCI drivers v13.6.3.1001 with my former Z97 system as well, but got rather variable benchmark results (sometimes good - sometimes bad) - contrary to the v13.2.8.1002 ones, which always gave me very high scores.
Another reason for me to prefer the RST(e) v13.2.8.1002 AHCI drivers dated 07/09/2015 is the fact, that they are much newer than the v13.5.0.1056 dated 08/22/2014 and v13.6.3.1001 dated 02/25/2015. There must have been a reason why Intel has discontinued the development of the v13.5 and v13.6 series in August 2014 resp. February 2015, but released the v13.2.8.1002 several months later as latest complete Intel RST(e) driverpack of the v13 platform.

#405 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by ddelo 01.08.2019 13:38

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Thanks a lot for your answer Dieter!
OK...you convinced me...v13.2.8.1002 installed!

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