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Good evening all-

My components for my new SB build are slowly but surely arriving. I am looking forward to diving in - although, I am diving into unknown territory for me. Part of this build includes a SSD. Full component list below:

Asus P8P67 Pro
Intel 2600K
Corsair H70
G.Skill 1600 RipJaw 2x4 (CAS 7)
eVGA 460 GTX
Samsung SSD 128gb
Matrox 3H2Go
Stack of 1TB drives

Corsair 750w TX PSU

Win7 64 Ultimate

My first step 1) Update the BIOS (1053) step 2) clear the CMOS step 3).... wait a minute, this is where I get confused.

1) Do I need to install Intel RST driver before I begin the install of the OS on the SSD? If not, will Win7 install it during the install and then update through a windows update?

2) I won't be running RAID so I don't need F6 drivers correct?

3) Will AHCI be selected by default if I go to install the OS on the SDD

... sorry for the noob questions. It seems skipping over the 1156 chipset has erased my knowledge bank. On my Q6600, I landed at 3.5ghz and just went back to simming away.

Thanks in advance for your help-

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Good evening all-

My components for my new SB build are slowly but surely arriving. I am looking forward to diving in - although, I am diving into unknown territory for me. Part of this build includes a SSD. Full component list below:

Asus P8P67 Pro
Intel 2600K
Corsair H70
G.Skill 1600 RipJaw 2x4 (CAS 7)
eVGA 460 GTX
Samsung SSD 128gb
Matrox 3H2Go
Stack of 1TB drives

Corsair 750w TX PSU

Win7 64 Ultimate

My first step 1) Update the BIOS (1053) step 2) clear the CMOS step 3).... wait a minute, this is where I get confused.

1) Do I need to install Intel RST driver before I begin the install of the OS on the SSD? If not, will Win7 install it during the install and then update through a windows update?
It's actually just like any other driver, so install it after Windows is installed. But concerning Windows Update: so far, I am fairly certain it won't offer it. Furthermore, Intel's RST driver is not included with Windows 7.

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2) I won't be running RAID so I don't need F6 drivers correct?
Install this one:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=19607

Download the English-only version (direct link) and install it. Reboot after the installation, and then you're done.

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3) Will AHCI be selected by default if I go to install the OS on the SDD
AHCI mode must be manually enabled in the BIOS. It's basically just like any other BIOS setting.

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... sorry for the noob questions. It seems skipping over the 1156 chipset has erased my knowledge bank. On my Q6600, I landed at 3.5ghz and just went back to simming away.

Thanks in advance for your help-

Bman.
It's all good.

But I do have one more thing: I have noticed two different things lately:
  1. The driver/software CD that comes with your board might even have Intel's RST driver version 10.0.0.1046 (which is an official WHQL-Certified release that Intel failed to put on their site).
  2. It's very important to connect the SSD to the very, very first SATA port. If viewing the motherboard while mounted in a standard case, then it's the bottom-most SATA port that's closest to the PCB.

That's basically it. But if you have any questions or if you need anything clarified, then I'll do my best!
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I was just playing with the RST drivers last night myself on my new c300 SSD.

My results are not conclusive by any means and I don't know if I'm missing something, but the default MS Win7 AHCI driver performed the best. I tried RST versions 9.6 and two different version 10.x. I benchmarked using AS SSD as well as HDTUNE (read only) and the default MS driver performed better. My boot times were quickest with the default driver.

Please refer to Magic-man's SSD sticky for windows 7 optimizations and a very lengthy thread regarding SSDs. (I stopped doing write benchmarks due to SSDs degredation over time with writing over cells... anyone have anymore insight about the life-span of a c300 for example?)

Again, this is my limited experience, limited testing results (tested several times w/ each driver). So please feel free to squash me if I'm missing something.

After you install windows, the CD included w/ the board has RST version 9.6 (which btw, performed better than the 10.x version I downloaded) if you want to try to install that one. I did update to bios version 1053 before I did anything else... I didn't clear CMOS until a few days after I finished the build and have since not had any cold-boot issues w/ 1600mhz ram (or any other setting for that matter).
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Interesting - thanks for the replies, guys.

Two Cables - Why does the port matter? Don't get me wrong, I will put it on the first port. Couldn't you set it to say the 4th and set your BIOS to boot from the 4th SATA first etc?

DeltaV - Interesting. I don't know either of those benchmarking tools since this is my first SSD. I will go read some of those thread for Win7 SSD optimization. I was under the impression that Win7 was better aligned and was fairly optimized out of the gate.

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I will go read some of those thread for Win7 SSD optimization. I was under the impression that Win7 was better aligned and was fairly optimized out of the gate.

Bman.
Oh, it is; you probably don't have to do anything and it should run just fine, but there was some tips to eliminate / disable / re-locate some unnecesary writes to the SSD that could degrade it over time (as well as free up some space... which comes at a premium for these suckers!)
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1) just install the rst drivers after windows is done installing. i usually install the latest intel chipset drivers first and then the rst-> >intel chipset< & >rst<.

regarding the chipset drivers..some way need to be manually installed. to do this go into the device manager, check all devices that contain the word "intel" in them. If they are from the year 2006 they properly need to be updated. point to the folder were the intel drivers reside and update those. you don't absolutely have to do this. just something i like to do.

2) don't know much about raid sorry but if you only plan to run this one ssd drive enable ahci in bios before installing windows. if you missed that you can still enable ahci by a reg tweak.->>link<. if you just try to enable ahci in bios without first doing this you will get a bsod and a reboot.

3)yes if you install windows with it enabled in the bios.

btw. i like the ssd tweaker app. for my ssd drive. -> >link<

good luck m8
Edited by space@pe - 1/19/11 at 1:27pm
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Thanks for the information guys. I think I have it.. I am heading upstairs to unbox and take a look at the mobo manual.

Verification - Is this the correct chipset driver update for the P67?

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...=3301&lang=eng
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Thanks for the information guys. I think I have it.. I am heading upstairs to unbox and take a look at the mobo manual.

Verification - Is this the correct chipset driver update for the P67?

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...=3301&lang=eng
That is correct.

More info can be found under the link in my sig.
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Ok - just so I am clear on the SSD. The Asus manual notes that I can install the Intel PCH driver after windows install.

This is the same driver that we are talking about correct?
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Interesting - thanks for the replies, guys.

Two Cables - Why does the port matter? Don't get me wrong, I will put it on the first port. Couldn't you set it to say the 4th and set your BIOS to boot from the 4th SATA first etc?

DeltaV - Interesting. I don't know either of those benchmarking tools since this is my first SSD. I will go read some of those thread for Win7 SSD optimization. I was under the impression that Win7 was better aligned and was fairly optimized out of the gate.

Bman.
Another person who has the same board that you have as well as a Sandforce drive (I think his was a Vertex 2) connected it to one of those two darker blue ports, and his drive ended up having terrible performance in both real-world use and benchmarks. But when he attached it to one of those 4 light blue or gray ports (the ones where there are 4 of the same color), he instantly got better results. The performance was actually perfectly normal for once.


Edit: Intel's RST driver should still be downloaded and installed.
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