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I've had this motherboard for a while and I just seem to have so much random Intel junk installed and I'm starting to wonder if I really need all of it.
The official AsRock website has so much garbage under it's Driver and Utility sections that I don't know what what I really need and what I don't need.


I have 2 128GB SSDs, 1 for OS and other for games, and 3 storage HDDs. I've followed Sean Webster's SSD guide.

Do I need Intel HD Graphics Driver since I am using a dedicated graphics card?
Do i need Intel Management Engine Compnents?
Intel Rapid Storage Technology?
Intel SDK for ObjectCL - CPU Only Runtime Package?
Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver?


This all just piqued my interest because my PC has crashed just now for the first time in a long time. Something about iastor being bad and sending reboot to my Games SSD. I searched around and found out that I need to disable Link Power Management in the registry. I did the registry fix and also disabled "Aggressive Link State Power Managemen


Any help would be appreciated,

thank you.
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post #2 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zensou View Post

I've had this motherboard for a while and I just seem to have so much random Intel junk installed and I'm starting to wonder if I really need all of it.
The official AsRock website has so much garbage under it's Driver and Utility sections that I don't know what what I really need and what I don't need.


I have 2 128GB SSDs, 1 for OS and other for games, and 3 storage HDDs. I've followed Sean Webster's SSD guide.

Do I need Intel HD Graphics Driver since I am using a dedicated graphics card?
Do i need Intel Management Engine Compnents?
Intel Rapid Storage Technology?
Intel SDK for ObjectCL - CPU Only Runtime Package?
Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver?


This all just piqued my interest because my PC has crashed just now for the first time in a long time. Something about iastor being bad and sending reboot to my Games SSD. I searched around and found out that I need to disable Link Power Management in the registry. I did the registry fix and also disabled "Aggressive Link State Power Managemen


Any help would be appreciated,

thank you.

 

 

Do I need Intel HD Graphics Driver since I am using a dedicated graphics card?

 

Only if you're using it. I mean, I can't answer this for you except by saying that you only need it if you need it. Are you using it? If not, then you don't need this. If so, then you do.

 

 

Do i need Intel Management Engine Compnents?

 

I don't. I say, get rid of it to see if you need it.

 

 

Intel Rapid Storage Technology?

 

Without it, your drive performance will be slower and your boot time will be a little longer.

 


Intel SDK for ObjectCL - CPU Only Runtime Package?

 

I have no idea. I don't have this though.

 


Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver?

 

Only if you're using the Intel USB 3.0 ports.

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post #3 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zensou View Post

I've had this motherboard for a while and I just seem to have so much random Intel junk installed and I'm starting to wonder if I really need all of it.
The official AsRock website has so much garbage under it's Driver and Utility sections that I don't know what what I really need and what I don't need.


I have 2 128GB SSDs, 1 for OS and other for games, and 3 storage HDDs. I've followed Sean Webster's SSD guide.

Do I need Intel HD Graphics Driver since I am using a dedicated graphics card?
Do i need Intel Management Engine Compnents?
Intel Rapid Storage Technology?
Intel SDK for ObjectCL - CPU Only Runtime Package?
Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver?


This all just piqued my interest because my PC has crashed just now for the first time in a long time. Something about iastor being bad and sending reboot to my Games SSD. I searched around and found out that I need to disable Link Power Management in the registry. I did the registry fix and also disabled "Aggressive Link State Power Managemen


Any help would be appreciated,

thank you.

I have this mobo, had to rma it once and the rma is now being used for a light gaming rig for my wife, you don't need any of that stuff except the usb3.0 driver and you only need that if you are on windows 7, as windows 8 has it built in.

just an fyi if you don't know asrock lied about digital VRM on this board, it is analog and very innacurate so watch that when overclocking windows will report a MUCH lower voltage than it is actually using.
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post #4 of 19

Yeah, but without Intel Rapid Storage Technology, the drive performance is slower and the boot time is longer. It's the driver for the Intel SATA ports.

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post #5 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Yeah, but without Intel Rapid Storage Technology, the drive performance is slower and the boot time is longer. It's the driver for the Intel SATA ports.

ya? hmm I never install it lol... ill grab it
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post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by HardwareDecoder View Post


ya? hmm I never install it lol... ill grab it

 

The software itself doesn't even have to be running in order for the driver to work. I have it completely disabled because all I wanted is the driver, and that's what I have. :)

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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post #7 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post


Do I need Intel HD Graphics Driver since I am using a dedicated graphics card?

Only if you're using it. I mean, I can't answer this for you except by saying that you only need it if you need it. Are you using it? If not, then you don't need this. If so, then you do.


Do i need Intel Management Engine Compnents?

I don't. I say, get rid of it to see if you need it.


Intel Rapid Storage Technology?

Without it, your drive performance will be slower and your boot time will be a little longer.


Intel SDK for ObjectCL - CPU Only Runtime Package?

I have no idea. I don't have this though.


Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver?

Only if you're using the Intel USB 3.0 ports.
Thanks for your input, I have removed Intel SDK, Management Engine, and Graphics Driver.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HardwareDecoder View Post

I have this mobo, had to rma it once and the rma is now being used for a light gaming rig for my wife, you don't need any of that stuff except the usb3.0 driver and you only need that if you are on windows 7, as windows 8 has it built in.

just an fyi if you don't know asrock lied about digital VRM on this board, it is analog and very innacurate so watch that when overclocking windows will report a MUCH lower voltage than it is actually using.

I actually haven't done any overclocking on this chipset yet, I think I've had this board for over a year. I upgraded from an i7 920 D0 and the overclocking on that thing was so easy. I took a look at the BIOS in this Extreme4 and just exited out tongue.gif I've had 0 issues with it other than that it wouldn't run my RAM at its specs of 1.35v, had to up to 1.38v and of course all of this bloatware confusing me.

Edit: Also, after a fresh boot up (not wake-up) the network indicator loading circle spins for quite a bit even though I have internet access right away. As soon as the indicator stops spinning my mouse hangs for 1 second and then it never happens again, not even after wake-up. Not sure what's up with that.
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

The software itself doesn't even have to be running in order for the driver to work. I have it completely disabled because all I wanted is the driver, and that's what I have. smile.gif

have you done any benchmarks, how much does it actually help? My ssds were still really fast without it. I'm on a different z77 motherboard now but i'll make sure to install that driver on my wifes gaming rig with the extreme 4 also. Just installed it on mine thanks for the tip + rep
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zensou View Post

Thanks for your input, I have removed Intel SDK, Management Engine, and Graphics Driver.
I actually haven't done any overclocking on this chipset yet, I think I've had this board for over a year. I upgraded from an i7 920 D0 and the overclocking on that thing was so easy. I took a look at the BIOS in this Extreme4 and just exited out tongue.gif I've had 0 issues with it other than that it wouldn't run my RAM at its specs of 1.35v, had to up to 1.38v and of course all of this bloatware confusing me.

Edit: Also, after a fresh boot up (not wake-up) the network indicator loading circle spins for quite a bit even though I have internet access right away. As soon as the indicator stops spinning my mouse hangs for 1 second and then it never happens again, not even after wake-up. Not sure what's up with that.

just be very careful if you do end up overclocking I did tests my self with a multimeter and voltage was raised +0.050 higher than windows reported.
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post #9 of 19

Overclocking the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge is pretty easy. It's mostly just a matter of increasing the Turbo Ratio (multiplier) and increasing the core voltage as needed.

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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by HardwareDecoder View Post


have you done any benchmarks, how much does it actually help? My ssds were still really fast without it

 

No. I just go by how it feels. Benchmarks can cause me to have the placebo effect. With the generic Microsoft AHCI driver, Windows 7 takes longer to boot and drive performance is just slower. I don't know how else to explain it.

 

Just install it. lol You can always uninstall it if you don't like it.

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