Originally Posted by ney2x
It is best or recommended to use RAID mode even if you are using only 1 SSD to get all the features and fixes the latest IRST driver brings. In fact, Intel recommends it.
Nah, I have considered this before but RAID mode for a single drive just increases boot time with no really advantage. AHCI is best for a single SSD as long as you have the drivers installed from the RST package as mentioned by Sean Webster in his guides and also by garikfox here.
Originally Posted by garikfox
Just keep your current ME firmware, Theres no need to update it.
I really don't know how to explain it but as I've said earlier, people at Hardforum are good at explaining why it is best to keep the ME firmware updated. It is not just for "remote access" and stuff like that. It even affects the overclocking ability of the board, may it be a good effect or a bad effect.