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In hopes of avoiding needing to create yet another forum account (i.e. signing up at OCZ), I'm hoping some of you can provide me with the answer...

My two recently-purchased OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS drives both have the 2.02 firmware on them. I understand that upgrading the firmware will lead to better performance, but the newest firmware (2.36) says that when it is paired with Intel's newest RST driver package that it can cause SSDs to not be detected. Should I keep the 2.02 OCZ firmware and install the latest Intel RST drivers? Vice versa?

Has anyone encountered this problem? I have attached the release notes for the OCZ firmware for your reference.

Edit: This particular question pertains to my motherboard... I understand that AHCI mode is required for SSDs to reach their full speed potential, but my BIOS only has options of IDE, AHCI, and RAID. Is RAID automatically AHCI? I realize I'm on SATA 3.0Gb/s still, but for future reference it'd be nice to know. My manual makes no mention of this as far as I can tell.
Edited by stargate125645 - 5/30/11 at 8:02pm
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Do not update your firmware! Unless you like RMA'ing your drives.
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Do not update your firmware! Unless you like RMA'ing your drives.
That doesn't really help me... What versions of firmware are OK? Should I update the Intel driver to the newest and not the OCZ? Vice versa? I also see complaints about the 2.06 firmware and not newer ones (like 2.36).
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Keep the 2.02 firmware until sand-force sorts this **** out. My v3's are ruined with 2.06 that come in the 2.36 toolbox.
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Keep the 2.02 firmware until sand-force sorts this **** out. My v3's are ruined with 2.06 that come in the 2.36 toolbox.
So things worked fine with 2.02? What about the intel driver version? Thanks for the clarification on the toolbox vs firmware versions!

Edit: This particular question pertains to my motherboard... I understand that AHCI mode is required for SSDs to reach their full speed potential, but my BIOS only has options of IDE, AHCI, and RAID. Is RAID automatically AHCI? I realize I'm on SATA 3.0Gb/s still, but for future reference it'd be nice to know. My manual makes no mention of this as far as I can tell.
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OK, it appears that RAID mode generally enables AHCI features, so I should be fine with that. I'm going to go ahead and install Windows with the 2.02 firmware (i.e. no update), and install the new Intel drivers afterwards if necessary. I only see the newest (10.1.0.1008) available on Intel's site. Is that the one I should install?
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Keep the 2.02 firmware until sand-force sorts this **** out. My v3's are ruined with 2.06 that come in the 2.36 toolbox.
I SECOND THIS!

I'm experiencing the same exact problems after updating to Firmware 2.06.
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if you spent all that money on the Vertex 3 MAX IOPs version, don't bother with the intel RST. You are actually decreasing your performance by a lot, and you wasting the true power of those SSD. The MAX IOPs is the best out there why would you want to tinker with that so you can get 'mediocre' performance out of your mechanical harddrives?

Plus SSD caching degrades your SSD at a faster rate. I wouldn't recommend you do that with the super expensive Vertex 3 since you spent so much on them, to degrade them purposely to get slight performance gains from your mechanical harddrives.

you bought the best IOPs SSD out there...use it as its intend to IMO
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if you spent all that money on the Vertex 3 MAX IOPs version, don't bother with the intel RST. You are actually decreasing your performance by a lot, and you wasting the true power of those SSD. The MAX IOPs is the best out there why would you want to tinker with that so you can get 'mediocre' performance out of your mechanical harddrives?

Plus SSD caching degrades your SSD at a faster rate. I wouldn't recommend you do that with the super expensive Vertex 3 since you spent so much on them, to degrade them purposely to get slight performance gains from your mechanical harddrives.

you bought the best IOPs SSD out there...use it as its intend to IMO
So you are saying to just use stock Windows 7 drivers? You are the first I've heard that says not to upgrade Intel's drivers. I intend to disable things like write caching, for what it's worth.

(As far as money goes, Newegg had these on sale the last week for $45 off, so they cost the same as the Agility 3.)
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if you spent all that money on the Vertex 3 MAX IOPs version, don't bother with the intel RST. You are actually decreasing your performance by a lot, and you wasting the true power of those SSD. The MAX IOPs is the best out there why would you want to tinker with that so you can get 'mediocre' performance out of your mechanical harddrives?

Plus SSD caching degrades your SSD at a faster rate. I wouldn't recommend you do that with the super expensive Vertex 3 since you spent so much on them, to degrade them purposely to get slight performance gains from your mechanical harddrives.

you bought the best IOPs SSD out there...use it as its intend to IMO
Could you clarify more? Pretty much everywhere I've read to keep the RST drivers up to date. What about them slows down these drives?
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