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    Post Driver Installation Help

    I need help figuring out which drivers to install listed on the ASRock download page for the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard here: ASRock > Products > Motherboard > P67 Extreme4 Gen3 > Download

    My specs:

    NZXT Phantom Black
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    ASRock Extreme4 Gen3
    i7 2600k (3.4GHz)
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 XMP (with Profile1 using the mobo memory setting to force XMP)
    OCZ Vergility 3 120GB
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    Pioneer BD-RW BDR-206D
    EVGA GTX 580 3GB
    Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000
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    ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" LED

    Do I really need to install the following?
    Marvell SATA3 driver (AHCI) ver:1.0.0.1047
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver ver:10.6.0.1002

    I've got Windows 7 Pro 64 bit installed fine, and stable. I want want to know if installing those two drivers above would really make a difference. Are they needed?
    Last edited by inigmatus; 01-03-2012 at 12:47 AM.

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    Default Re: Driver Installation Help

    You need to install the Marvell driver if you have the device enabled in the BIOS/UEFI, if you have something plugged into it you should, obviously, install the driver.
    Anandtech covers the Intel Rapid Storage Technology quite nicely if you don't know what it does. If you aren't using that feature you don't need to install the driver.

    Personally I'm not using either, I don't have enough SATA devices to need the extra controller and I prefer to manually choose what to put on my SSD.
    "A lot" is two words, they aren't even big words so you have no excuse for getting it wrong.

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    Default Re: Driver Installation Help

    The drivers on the CD as well as at the ASRock site are dated...
    Try here for the latest

    ASROCK P67 Extreme 4 bios & drivers

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    Default Re: Driver Installation Help

    Wow thanks for responding so quickly.

    SaphireX, thanks for the link. The updates look like betas and bleeding edge. I guess my system is stable for now, unless there is a reason to update I'll hold up on updates unless I need them. I decided I don't need the RapidStorage or Marvell drivers for now.

    Thanks guys for your feedback!

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    Default Re: Driver Installation Help

    The Intel RST version 11.0.0.1032 dated 12/11/2011 is WHQL-not beta or cutting edge and is a must if you have any SSD's and not a bad thing if you have any devices connected to any Intel SATA ports.

    The Intel Chipset Drivers version 9.3.0.1019 dated 12/11/2011 are also WHQL - not beta or cutting edge

    The Intel Mgmt Engine version 10/15/2011 is also WHQL-not beta, the Marvel 88SE91xx version 1.2.0.1014 are WHQL - not beta

    Both the Realtek driver packages ie High Def Audio and Realtek 81xx PCI-E are WHQL as well

    ***The Eltron USB 3.0 drivers are dated 12/8/2011 BUT!!! a lot of folks have problems with any version of Eltron USB 3.0 drivers So...BEWARE of those as long as your Eltron USB 3.0 ports are working don't monkey with them

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    Default Re: Driver Installation Help

    yeh ssd ..you need rst drivers
    ,but you should have been prompted for that on initial install anyway.Maybe you mean the rst version is the same as your own?
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    Default Re: Driver Installation Help

    Quote Originally Posted by kick View Post
    yeh ssd ..you need rst drivers
    ,but you should have been prompted for that on initial install anyway.Maybe you mean the rst version is the same as your own?
    Wrong.
    You only need the RST drivers if you want to use your SSD for caching, if it's just another drive they aren't needed.
    "A lot" is two words, they aren't even big words so you have no excuse for getting it wrong.

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    Default Re: Driver Installation Help

    I'm not planning on caching. My SSD is my OS drive and popular application drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluey View Post
    Wrong.
    You only need the RST drivers if you want to use your SSD for caching, if it's just another drive they aren't needed.
    I disagree!

    "Cache or buffer A flash-based SSD typically uses a small amount of DRAM as a cache, similar to the cache in Hard disk drives. A directory of block placement and wear leveling data is also kept in the cache while the drive is operating. Data is not permanently stored in the cache. One SSD controller manufacturer, SandForce, does not use an external DRAM cache on their designs, but still achieve very high performance. Eliminating the external DRAM enables a smaller footprint for the other flash memory components in order to build even smaller SSDs..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaphireX View Post
    I disagree!

    "Cache or buffer A flash-based SSD typically uses a small amount of DRAM as a cache, similar to the cache in Hard disk drives. A directory of block placement and wear leveling data is also kept in the cache while the drive is operating. Data is not permanently stored in the cache. One SSD controller manufacturer, SandForce, does not use an external DRAM cache on their designs, but still achieve very high performance. Eliminating the external DRAM enables a smaller footprint for the other flash memory components in order to build even smaller SSDs..."
    If that is a quote from somewhere providing a link would be helpful. Also what you are talking about happens within the firmware not the driver so my point still stands.
    Here is the Intel PDF file talking about the feature, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology user guide. It says nothing about what you are talking about.
    "A lot" is two words, they aren't even big words so you have no excuse for getting it wrong.

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