Thank you for taking the time. Here is the simple reality. I want to be able to use VROC with the M.2 drives I have already purchased. I don't even need the RAID drive to be bootable. I know I can use my Samsung 960 or 961s and make a non-bootable VROC RAID 0 drive by installing IRST and making the array. The problem it says this is a TRIAL period that ends in 90 days, thus this infers that this configuration should work and all it requires is some sort of license from Intel.
From what I understand this 'license' comes in form of the VROC key. Unfortunately I have heard that some people have gotten one of these keys and while they were good during the 'trial' period, when they used the key, they were unable to create the VROC RAID 0 drive using IRST. Their drives simply didn't appear like they did without the key. They key they tried was the Standard key.
So I'm a bit confused. I have both Samsung 960 Pros and the Samsung SM961 M.2s One of them according to your data sheet is verified on the Xeon platform. If this won't work with the key, then why does it work with the TRIAL version of the software? I am seeking clarity.
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In regards to your questions, we would like to inform you that there is 2 versions of Intel® VROC
Intel® VROC on X299 systems
Intel® VROC on X299 platforms was designed to be used only with Intel SSD's and it requires the VROCISSDMOD Upgrade key.
Intel® VROC Xeon Intel® Xeon® E5/E7 SP Purley
This is an enterprise solution that requires Intel® Xeon® processors + a Intel® 620 series chipset in order to work properly. The enterprise solution does have multiple keys that you can purchase depending on the setup that you are planning to build and it does allow to use certain third party SSD's.
Every key has an specific purpose, for example for x299 systems the key that must be used is the VROCISSDMOD in order work properly.
At this time we do not support third party SSD's on the X299 platform