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I'm in the process of a new build with the Asus P9X79 Deluxe mobo. I noticed that the board is using Intel RSTe drivers for SATA. When I was checking on updates on Intel's site I noticed they released Intel RST 11.6.0.1030 , which the release notes state " RST 11.6 is the first RST release to contain support for X79 platforms (HEDT)."
Should we be now using these instead of the enterprise drivers? Is there an advantage to either dirver?
I will be using a SSD for my OS and also have a RAID0 setup.
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I think they're referring to something else. I checked the supported platforms and they don't list, "Intel(R) C600 series chipset SATA RAID Controller" or "Intel(R) C600 series chipset SATA AHCI Controller" which are X79. You can try it if you want but I doubt it will work.
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I think they're referring to something else. I checked the supported platforms and they don't list, "Intel(R) C600 series chipset SATA RAID Controller" or "Intel(R) C600 series chipset SATA AHCI Controller" which are X79. You can try it if you want but I doubt it will work.

Don't want to sound like a noob here but. Where does it state that the P6X79 Deluxe (or other Asus boards for that matter) have the C600 chip? I'm pretty sure it's the X79 express chip. I know everyone is using the enterprise controllers for these boards, but this newest RST 11.6.0.1030 driver is only a week old. Maybe Intel just didn't have there act together yet. I don't even ye have all the parts for my build, but when I do, I'm going to check out these newest drivers.
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Don't want to sound like a noob here but. Where does it state that the P6X79 Deluxe (or other Asus boards for that matter) have the C600 chip? I'm pretty sure it's the X79 express chip. I know everyone is using the enterprise controllers for these boards, but this newest RST 11.6.0.1030 driver is only a week old. Maybe Intel just didn't have there act together yet. I don't even ye have all the parts for my build, but when I do, I'm going to check out these newest drivers.

It's because X79 initially had support for SAS but Intel at the last minute disabled it but it's still recognized as C600 series etc. in Device Manager when you install RSTe. I know ECS was able to wire it to the PCH giving their X79R-AX more storage capability.
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So, do the new IRST driver now support SAS? That's why their saying that these are the first (non enterprise) drivers for the X79 express chipset?
Which would be the better driver to use? Or does it matter?
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I have an Asus Sabertooth X79 with the1203 BIOS. I'm running a Xen hypervisor with Linux as control domain (dom0) and Windows 7 in a VM (domU) with VGA passthrough. Almost everything works fine, except the Marvell SATA ports don't work under Xen.

I'm am wondering if upgrading to the latest BIOS would bring any benefits? I'm also a bit worried that the upgrade might break things. And since there is no going back, I need to be sure the new BIOS works with Linux, and specifically with VT-d enabled!!!

Would the new BIOS offer any improvement with the Marvell SATA ports? Probably not, but wanted to ask.

Any experience with Linux / Xen and the new BIOS?
post #48 of 90
This is an update to my post about the new Intel RST 11.6.0.1030 drivers.
An Asus rep comfirmed that these drivers WILL work for the new X79 chipset boards. Intel is moving toward unified drivers, but they are just too buggy right now to consider. He also stated that they didn't recommend using any drivers other then what's on Asus's download site. When Intel releases drivers, they are for ALL the X79 boards out there. They have alot of their own server boards, etc and these drivers are for them also. When you install them it may see your hardware as the wrong thing because of this. Asus will give you parts of the driver that only pertain to the mobo that your updating and nothing else.
When I tried the newest 11.6.0.1030 driver with my PX58D-E mobo, beside it changing my SATA to a workstation, it chaged my DVD burner to a SCSI drive. For a DVD burner? I converted back and everything is fine.
I know Asus is terribly slow at releasing new drivers, but......
Just my two cents.
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I have an Asus Sabertooth X79 with the1203 BIOS. I'm running a Xen hypervisor with Linux as control domain (dom0) and Windows 7 in a VM (domU) with VGA passthrough. Almost everything works fine, except the Marvell SATA ports don't work under Xen.
I'm am wondering if upgrading to the latest BIOS would bring any benefits? I'm also a bit worried that the upgrade might break things. And since there is no going back, I need to be sure the new BIOS works with Linux, and specifically with VT-d enabled!!!
Would the new BIOS offer any improvement with the Marvell SATA ports? Probably not, but wanted to ask.
Any experience with Linux / Xen and the new BIOS?

In reply to my own question(s), here a link that sheds some light: http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20120806185452699&board_id=1&model=SABERTOOTH+X79&page=1&SLanguage=en-us.

It turns out that the latest BIOS releases 2002 and 2104 have a broken VT-d support which would render my Xen-based system useless. The same goes for people using KVM or the commercial Parallel Workstation software. According to Asus, there is no rolling back to a previous BIOS, since they converted the BIOS files into .CAP files for Windows 8 support.

Whoever created this thread and keeps it updated, I would put up a BIG warning sign about this bug!
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Originally Posted by powerhouse View Post

In reply to my own question(s), here a link that sheds some light: http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20120806185452699&board_id=1&model=SABERTOOTH+X79&page=1&SLanguage=en-us.
It turns out that the latest BIOS releases 2002 and 2104 have a broken VT-d support which would render my Xen-based system useless. The same goes for people using KVM or the commercial Parallel Workstation software. According to Asus, there is no rolling back to a previous BIOS, since they converted the BIOS files into .CAP files for Windows 8 support.
Whoever created this thread and keeps it updated, I would put up a BIG warning sign about this bug!

Good info. Cheers.

Actually, rolling back can be done by renaming (for example) 1404.ROM to ERALL.ROM and using flashback procedure. Of course assuming all ASUS X79 boards have flashback, I only have experience with R4E.
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