Are these drivers also suitable for non-raid/AHCI only setups?
At Station-Drivers there are new Intel AHCI and RAID drivers v184.108.40.2061 available. They are dated 12/30/2009 and belong to the new Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology. You can get the new RST Console and driver pack here: http://www.station-drivers.com/page/intel%20raid.htm
Currently only the 64bit driver version is available.
The new RST Console and driver v220.127.116.111 does support all Intel ICH7-10 and 5-series Southbridges running in AHCI and RAID Mode.
I installed the new 64bit driver v18.104.22.1681 onto my Intel ICH10R system running 2x160GB Postville SSD's as RAID0. My first impression is very good.
It would be interseting to know, if these drivers do support the Trim command.
Please define 'very good' as your first impression.
@Trim support: I don't expect there is any trim support for raid yet, but on the other hand it would be very strange if trim support is still absent for AHCI also.
What is the difference between the Rapid Storage Technology (RST) and the Matrix Storage Manager (MSM) drivers?
The Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology" (RST) is the successor of the "Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager" (MSM), which will not be updated anymore.
The main difference is the completely new RST Console application. Furthermore the RST drivers are optimized for being used with Windows 7 and Intel SSD's.
Here is an update of my start post:
Today I found the 32bit RST drivers v22.214.171.1241, which are still missing within the RST package offered by Station-Drivers.
For those, who want to try them, I have added the 32bit drivers to the pack and uploaded it to MediaFire.
Here is the download link to the complete RST package v126.96.36.1991 inclusive the Console software and the 32bit and 64bit drivers:
By the way:
At OCZ Forum I found an interesting thread about the new RST drivers v188.8.131.521 and the question regarding their Trim support.
Do you know why the hard disk and DVD/Bluray are not shown in the Devices and Printers when you use the Intel AHCI driver?
Both devices are shown with the MS AHCI driver.
Are you sure, that all your SATA drives are connected to Intel SATA ports?
It seems to be impossible, that the SATA devices, which are managed by the exactly same Controller (in your case: Intel(R) SATA AHCI Controller) may use different drivers.
Hi again Fernando
Yes, all my Sata drives are connected to the Intel SATA ports
On the picture you can see how my Devices and Printers looks with the MS AHCI drivers.
As soon I install the Intel AHCI driver in the device manager, my Intel SSD and SONY Bluray are not there.
Here you can see my Device manager with the MS AHCI driver.
I don't know why port 0 is listed 2 times.
SSD disk is connected to port 0 and the bluray to port 2
I doubt, that any of your SATA drives is using the Intel AHCI driver v184.108.40.2061, because only the MS AHCI Controller is listed within the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" section of the Device Manager.
If you want to get the new Intel RST driver installed, you have to force the installation, because the driver is not yet digitally signed by Microsoft.