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#406 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by podkaracz 16.09.2019 15:54

Hi could you please add v15.9.8.1050 to testing for h100~ chipset because im using it right now and it gives me better performance than all the other drivers and its the latest one. I think if you will to keep tests updated you can try and test for ahci performance. Thanks for your tests.

#407 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 16.09.2019 19:34

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@podkaracz:
Since your request matches better this thread, I have moved it here.
Accidentally I have done last month (August 2019) some additional AHCI benchmark comparison tests with my Z170 chipset system. Among the tested drivers were the rather new Intel RST drivers v15.9.8.1050 and v16.8.3.1003.
According to the scores I got the Intel RST(e) driver v13.2.8.1002 is still the best performing AHCI driver for my Z170 system.
You can find all my recent Z170 AHCI test results within the just updated start post.

#408 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by podkaracz 18.09.2019 22:07

Could you test h110 board because it seems different from z170 which was an object of your tests and i asked msi because i looked at all brands that have h110 chipset and msi is the only one to not make sata raid/ahci driver for it. They said it doesnt support raid and it doesnt need driver. Do you agree with msi technical support ? Do you have any tests made for this single board ( single drive hdd - ahci mode ) on how to choose whats best for me ( HDD wd 1 tb 7200 rpm ).

#409 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 18.09.2019 23:27

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@podkaracz:
1. I cannot do any tests with an H110 chipset mainboard, because I don't have such board. On the other hand I don't think, that the results would be extremely different to the ones I got with a Z170 chipset system.
2. No mainboard manufacturer makes drivers for the on-board devices. They are all developed and released by the related device/chipset manufacturer.
3. The statement given by MSI is not correct. Although H110 chipset mainboards may not have the option to run the Intel SATA Controller in RAID mode, the mainboard manufacturer has to offer drivers for the on-board Intel SATA AHCI Controller.

#410 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by podkaracz 12.10.2019 00:32

Manufacturer has to? So why they response the way they did and theres no driver on website ?? xD

#411 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 12.10.2019 20:31

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Zitat von podkaracz im Beitrag #410
Manufacturer has to?
Yes, they are responsable to offer properly working drivers for the on-board devices resp. the related Controllers, but the drivers themselves are made by the manufacturer of the related devices.

#412 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by podkaracz 23.10.2019 03:39

To be honest after many tests the most optimal one for every1 is to clean install windows 10 dont mess up with driver other than installing latest amd/nvidia graphic card driver + ahci/sata drivers. Windows will take care of all the drivers ( generic ones) expect those mentioned before. Disable game dvr and you are good to go !

#413 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by podkaracz 08.11.2019 02:29

Is windows 10 (1903) generic "standard ahci sata driver" good enough or i should install latest one for ahci if i want the best performance because im not sure if new verson of windows = updated ahci generic driver which means it might be actually better than those from previous os for example 7.

#414 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 08.11.2019 10:38

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@podkaracz:
You can neither install any generic MS in-box AHCI driver nor integrate such driver into any Windows Image.
Reason: None of the MS in-box drivers is digitally signed and the related *.INF file contains entries, which prevent a manual installaton or an integration of the driver into another OS.

#415 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by podkaracz 16.11.2019 03:10

Hi i have a nice finding i used snappy driver installer and it found some weird ass sata ahci driver for my msi h110m pro-d. It was called intel(r) c600+/c220+ series with a number of 6.2.0.1238 . At first i thought its a mistake then i installed it and tested with anvil to my surprise its the first driver that beat generic ahci driver on my system ( mainly by smashing write speed when ahci had 169 read / 120 write it had 140 read and 165 write its the first driver to have more points in anvil than any of the mentioned here . Just my interesting finding hope u can test it too because it boosted my write speed from 120 to 165 xD

2nd try and 169 write speed . This driver obliterated competition.

write speed rank :

1. 6.2.0.1238 (169)
2. 15.2.0.1030 (123)
3. 16.8.3.1003 (122)
4. 15.9.8.1050 (121)
5. microsoft generic (120)
6. 14.8.18.1066 (117)
7. 13.2.8.1002 (116)


#edit CHANGING INTEL ME DRIVER FROM LATEST 12~ VERSION TO 11.7.0.1057 ACTUALLY MADE MY SCORES EVEN HIGHER IT SHOWS 165/170 on 6.2.0.1238 compared to 140/165 with different intel me !

#416 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 16.11.2019 13:10

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@podkaracz:
Thanks for having done some AHCI driver comparison tests with your Intel H110 chipset system and for your interesting results, which verifiy, that each Intel chipset may react different regarding the performance of a specific AHCI driver.

After having read your report, I have done some additional tests with my Z170 system using a 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD as data storage drive. Contrary to my previous tests I included the Intel RSTe AHCI driver v6.2.0.1238, which obviously was the best choice for your H110 chipset (I had never tested this driver before).

These were the drivers I tested:
1. MS Win10 v1909 in-box AHCI driver named STORAHCI.SYS dated 03/19/2019 (shown as being dated 06/21/2006)
2. Intel RSTe AHCI driver v6.2.0.1238 WHQL named IASTORE.SYS dated 09/18/2019
3. Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v13.2.8.1002 mod+signed named IASTORA.SYS dated 07/09/2015
4. Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v15.2.16.1060 WHQL named IASTORA.SYS dated 03/30/2017

Here are my benchmark results (all drivers Nr. 1-4 from the left to the right, can be enlarged by clicking onto them):


Performance ranking for my Z170 system:
1. Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v13.2.8.1002 mod+signed
2. Intel RST(e) AHCI driver v15.2.16.1060 WHQL
3. MS Win10 in-box AHCI driver
4. Intel RSTe AHCI driver v6.2.0.1238 WHQL

#417 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by podkaracz 24.11.2019 07:28

I resolved my input lag issue due to some radeon setting that helps manage displayport connection and now my game feels the most stable on default generic windows 10 ahci. The read/write speeds on 6.2.0.1238 are much higher ( write 120~ msahci and 175~ 6.2.0.1238 ) but stability is not there.

#418 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by morpheus67 20.01.2020 21:00

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My Test with this new RST Driver 17.8.0.1065 + Boot ROM UEFI 17.8.0.4438 and Boot ROM UEFI 17.8.0.4507, see here...

#419 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by Fernando 20.01.2020 22:38

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@morpheus67:
Thanks for having tested the performance of the latest v17.8 series Intel RST driver with an Intel Z390 chipset system running Win10 on a RAID0 array consisting of 2 NVMe SSDs.
Indeed your test has verified, that the updated Intel RAID BIOS modules have a positive impact on the performance of an Intel RAID0 array.
On the other hand your results are rather disappointing for me, especially the 4K read and write scores. As you can see here, I got much better results with my Z170 chipset system running Win10 on a single 500GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD using the Intel RST driver v17.7.0.1006:

#420 RE: Performance of the Intel RST/RSTe AHCI/RAID Drivers by morpheus67 22.01.2020 03:12

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Zitat von Fernando im Beitrag #419
@morpheus67:
On the other hand your results are rather disappointing for me, especially the 4K read and write scores.

Why, this Anvil Bench are always funny, loool, see SSD Bench, this Score expected by Default.

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