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[Basic Guide] Intel Matrix Storage Technology

What is Intel Rapid Storage Technology?

Intel Rapid Storage Technology is a form of what we call Matrix RAID.

What is Matrix RAID?
Matrix RAID is a combination of 2 RAID setups on a smaller amount of drives.

What benefits are there to using Intel Rapid Storage Technology?
Intel Rapid Storage Technology cuts down on the amount of hard disc drives or solid state drives you have to use to create a RAID array, saving you some 2cents.gif.

What are the limits of Intel Matrix Storage Technology?
Intel Rapid Storage Technology doesn't increase storage space. It only allows you to use multiple functions of RAID setups with less hard disc drives or solid state drives. Also, the RAID setups don't work together.

What do you mean?
In RAID 0+1 or RAID 1+0 (also referred to as RAID 10), the two types or RAID work together to bring you better performance and fault tolerance (they both have different results. Check out Manyak's guide to RAID). However, Intel Rapid Storage Technology doesn't make the two work together. It splits the drive(s) into two parts, one for RAID x and one for RAID y. It allows you to store important data on the RAID array that has higher fault tolerance and unimportant data on the RAID array that has better performance.

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RAID 5
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RAID 0

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As you can see, one half of all of the drives is dedicated to RAID 5 and the other half is dedicated to RAID 0. The limits of this setup is that if two drives are damaged, the RAID 5 array can't work anymore because some of the data is lost which gives you an incomplete set of data. The RAID 0 array hasn't been completely destroyed but it's lost 1/2 of the data stored in the RAID 0 part of the array. I've included a diagram of RAID 0 and RAID 5 to help you understand how there became an incomplete set of data by losing 2 drives out of the 4 in the RAID 5 array.

Conclusion
Intel Rapid Storage Technology has its limits but is a great technology to minimize the amount of drives needed to make a RAID array.

Edited by HybridCore - 6/1/11 at 4:09am
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Are you talking about Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver? The last release I see on Intel's site of Matrix Storage Technology was on 7/17/2009.
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No, Matrix. Doesn't say Rapid Storage Technology on their site anywhere through where went (Products>Desktop>Chipsets>Intel Matrix Storage Technology). I don't really think there's been much of a RAID innovation in the past few years. Just hybrid drive controllers and some other things.
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No, Matrix. Doesn't say Rapid Storage Technology on their site anywhere through where I went(Products>Desktop>Chipsets>Intel Matrix Storage Technology).
But Matrix Storage Technology is almost 2 years old now.

I was told that "Matrix Storage Technology" was renamed to "Rapid Storage Technology" sometime shortly before the popular version 9.​6.​0.​1014 was released in March of 2010. Prior to that, the last version for "Matrix" was 8.​9.​0.​1023.

Search using the text "matrix storage technology" here:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Default.aspx?lang=eng


Then do another search for "rapid storage technology".

Or, are people still getting better RAID performance with 8.9.0.1023? I'm not using a RAID setup, but I get better overall drive performance with Rapid Storage Technology (particularly 10.0.0.1046).
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Must have missed it. I'll fix it. Thanks TwoCables. + rep to you.
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Must have missed it. I'll fix it. Thanks TwoCables. + rep to you.
Oh damn. I was honestly starting to think I was wrong. hehe I mean after all, I don't really know anything about using RAID setups, so I was beginning to wonder. redface.gif You're welcome though!!

Thank you for putting up with me. I confess that I was a bit afraid to say anything at all, but then I remembered just how old "Matrix Storage Manager" is - so then my curiosity got the better of me.
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I'm more of a noob than you are. After being scolded about my fail receiver guide, I kind of lost hope in this guide but I just did this anyways. Matrix Storage Manager is old. I guess it's the same with the product section of the site. I guess they were too lazy to change it from Matrix to Rapid.

Edit: Sounds kind of funny for you to say you're a noob at RAID, especially with 3050 rep but reps don't mean much here (well, to some they do).
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I'm more of a noob than you are. After being scolded about my fail receiver guide, I kind of lost hope in this guide but I just did this anyways. Matrix Storage Manager is old. I guess it's the same with the product section of the site. I guess they were too lazy to change it from Matrix to Rapid.
Yeah, something is wrong with Intel when it comes to updating their site. It's like they don't care enough. Bastids.

Quote:
Originally Posted by HybridCore;13690871 
Edit: Sounds kind of funny for you to say you're a noob at RAID, especially with 3050 rep but reps don't mean much here (well, to some they do).
Yeah, it's kinda weird: I haven't taken an interest in RAID yet. Maybe some day when it feels right. smile.gif My time will come!

But yeah: I'm in love with Intel's Rapid Storage Technology driver. It almost makes me feel sorry for AMD owners. biggrin.gif Although, I have to assume that they have their awesome driver too somewhere out there (maybe it's made by AMD just like how ours is made by Intel).
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I wish AMD had technology like this but better. It would be nice if the software actually controlled the RAID arrays like what I thought would be better. Is this our TwoCables/HybridCore chatroom now? tongue.gif
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I wish AMD had technology like this but better. It would be nice if the software actually controlled the RAID arrays like what I thought would be better. Is this our TwoCables/HybridCore chatroom now? tongue.gif
It certainly seems that way. lol

If AMD doesn't have technology as good as this, then I have another reason to always stay with Intel. smile.gif

Disclaimer: I'm not making an attempt to start bashing AMD now. redface.gif So, I'll try to stop and let this thread stay on topic.
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