Originally Posted by HurnII
General Question for AMD folk:
Has anyone using the FX chipset (including the "SB 950" which, as far as I know, is really just a rebadged SB 850) been able to run the drive restore utility without having to switch to the MS AHCI driver?
I'm not sure about the FM2 platform (which really does have a newer "Southbridge"), but with the AM3/AM3+ platform, it is my guess that even with the latest "14.9" drivers installed, everyone has to switch to the MS (generic) AHCI driver to run the drive restore utility. (It seems even the "latest" AHCI driver for SB 850/950 is a year old now.)
In other words, I believe Samsung is lying when they say "supports latest driver".
Of course, once the update was done, this allowed for an opportunity to get benchmarks on the MS generic AHCI, then go back to the AMD AHCI, reboot, and get a benchmark using them. (For those curious, the difference (on my system) is about a 10 to 15% across the board increase in I/O rate using the AMD drivers.)
Oh, and speaking of the "hang" at 15% with the driver warning message underneath: Samsung did a poor job designing the U/I for the tool. Even though the accompanying documentation shows a screen-shot of the screen, and says words to the effect of "If you get this, you need to change to the MS AHCI driver"), that's no replacement for proper U/I coding. The application should make the following things immediately clear
1. The restore process has stalled, pretty much before it even began
2. The process will not continue / cannot complete until you (the operator / user) perform a corrective action
3. Said corrective action involves swapping out your chipset specific AHCI driver for MS generic (rebooting your computer in the process)
The fact that people (myself included) aren't immediately made aware of these facts by the application is due to horrible design. Even if it just popped up an error code (like: "Process cannot continue. Error Code 10. Please refer to documentation for corrective action.") this would be much preferable to the current action.