First off, just wanted to say thanks for all the help so far. I have actually slightly upgraded a few components in my system (motherboard, PSU & ram) since my original post. Here is an updated PCP link: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/trnCVY
Okay, so I spent a bit of time making sure everything is set up correctly. I am still getting terrible results. See the imgur link for the screenshots: http://imgur.com/a/LRl2D
The first picture I wanted to point out the driver version that Windows is displaying in device manager.
- I definitely have the Samsung NVME driver installed. Is that normal for windows to show a driver from 2006?
The second and third pictures show the CrystalDisk Mark result, HWMonitor, Task manager, and cpu-z.
- My 960 Evo got to 46 C while doing the benchmark. Is this normal? otherwise it foats around 29-32 on idle.
- I have a relatively fresh install still. I don't really think any programs would be hindering my benchmark results.
The fourth picture shows my BIOS screen where I disabled all the C states.
- I am not overclocking as of yet.
- I don't know what 'Package C State Limit', 'CPU Thermal Monitor', 'CPU EIST Function' or 'Voltage Optimization' are so I left those at default settings. I believe I got everything else you mentioned. Does everything look right?
- My CPU VCore is set in the BIOS by default to 1.18. I played around with it and got it as low as 1.08 stable with AIDA64 and ASUS Real Bench. I haven't gone any further down yet, but just thought I would mention that. I am doing this to get a baseline for when I start to overclock. For the crystaldiskmark benchmarks, I left it at the default 1.18v.
For the other things you mentioned:
- Windows 10 is running on the latest update
- I am running on the 'High Performance' mode in power options
- Running Samsung NVMexpress 2.2 & Samsung Magician 5.0.0
- Running the latest Bios version F5
- Both options in the device manager policies for my 960 evo are checked
- Running the latest chipset drivers: Intel management Engine Interface version 220.127.116.115 & Intel INF version 10.1.1.38
- Wasn't running Intel RST because I thought it was optional. I tried version 15.2 like you mentioned, and also tried the new 15.5.
Should I bother trying to use the other m.2 slot? I am currently using the top m.2 slot closest to my CPU socket. I could try the other one that is below the 2nd/3rd PCIe slots. If I do this, would windows load up as usual or do I need to change settings in the BIOS?Edited by sliq - 4/25/17 at 5:11pm