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The latest Intel® Rapid Storage supported for your ICH8M-E controller is version 10.1
I have confirmed by engineering team that version 10.1 provides support for SATA II and SATA III
Thanks for getting back to our community. Yes, 4K drives are supported on ICH8M when installing operating system with Intel® Rapid Storage version 9.6.
Generally when Intel releases new versions for rapid storage, it improves stability and performance on every release.
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