I imagine that the Intel toolbox will not work with non-Intel SSDs because they do not have the same controller as the Intel SSDs do. Will you comment on that DuckieHo? The Intel SSD Toolbox detects non-Intel SSDs (and all HDDs) and does not allow them to have the Management tools used with them.
As for the Intel chipset/driver and non-Intel SSDs, from what I've read the Intel AHCI driver iastor is considered to be the best driver for use with any SSD (in SATA II mode), although there may be exceptions of course. That recommendation was given by independent PC hardware review websites not affiliated with Intel.
As far as the driver itself, everything seems to be perfectly fine and running quite well so far.
As suggested, the fact it intalls as a ICHR10R (even though the board is supposed to be a ICH10) seems to have no negative impacts.
I can confirm The Intel Tool box does recognize & list my secondary SSD drive. (Vertx if that matters)
However, with very limited options.
It will only allow the use of 2 options on a non-Intel SSD
1) View the Drive information
2) Check Smart Attributes.
All else is disabled with the "Intel Drive only" message.
BTW, this may not be the best place to ask but when are the next Gen Intel Drives supposed to be released?
Im wanting to pick up a 120GB M series but might hold off a bit if its near.
Well... from what I've read the new Intel G3 SSDs will be available in Q1 of 2011, but that may change, perhaps earlier for the holiday season.
Also, the new Intel 120 GB and 40 GB SSDs that are available now, are rumored to contain the same new NAND chips as the G3 line will use. I cannot confirm that is true of course, and I don't know if these two new SSDs are classified as G2 or G3.
I won't post links to "leaked" information about Intel's new SSDs on Intel's forum, but if you do some searching I imagine you'll find it. Is it worth waiting? Good question, the new 120GB model is a great value and I doubt the official G3 line will be as cheap as that, although they are supposed to be cheaper relative to their capacity in GB relative to the G2 line. Like I said, do some searching to help you make a decision.