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    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    The answers to your questions are in my previous answers, I also told you in detail what to do in my previous answers ... Please read more carefully.
    I'm sorry...I am asking further questions as I was not getting your answers as for me this is totally new and mind-blowing.

    Let me be more specific:

    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in AHCI mode : You need to have your SATA controller active (AHCI mode).
    If you are using one or more SATA HDD/SSHD/SSD in RAID/RST Premium mode (with/without Optane) : You need to have your SATA controller active (RAID mode).
    If you use neither : You can disable your SATA controller.

    So you can disable your SATA controller only if you only have NVMe SSDs (what is your case), and in this case, communication is done via PCIe lines (it is precisely the principle and the strength of NVMe compared to SATA).
    In bios I have never disabled anything.

    I do not use RAID or have any Optane drive installed, so the "iaStorAC.inf" driver is useless, right? Is this the exact reason why it should be uninstalled?

    Regarding AHCI, why do I not use it? Is it because AHCI is useless when having NVMe drives as communication is done via PCIe lines? Is this the reason why "iaAHCIC.inf" should be uninstalled?

    Summing up, having all NVMe drives and no RAID should imply that the SATA controller and AHCI can never be used and so disabled in bios and never install their drivers?


    Regarding the other aspect fo your explanation here:
    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) & Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via Samsung NVMe drivers) have drivers dedicated to its controller, most of all others NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs don't have drivers dedicated to its controller. To date, no NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD has drivers dedicated to its controller (even Samsung 980 PRO NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD don't have drivers dedicated to its controller), the drivers Microsoft Standard NVMe built-in drivers must be used.
    When you say "Only Intel NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode) & Samsung NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs (via Samsung NVMe drivers) have drivers dedicated to its controller" you specifically stand that extra dedicated drivers are needed only if using SATA RAID functionality with an Intel (or Samsung) PCIe 3.0 NVMe drive, as if using SATA RAID with PCIe 4.0 drives it can be used the standard Microsoft built-in driver, right?


    I'm sorry but I shall need extra confirmation as I have several machines where I have NVMe drives with no RAID and keeping on installing SATA and AHCI drivers.
    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    Wrong, again, you haven't read carefully :




    Correct.




    Only if you disable your SATA controller :

    You don't have to disable your SATA controller, it's just optimization, you can if you want leave your SATA controller active, even if you are not using it, and in this case you only need to remove the old version from 17.9 drivers branch of the SATA AHCI drivers (iaahcic.inf).




    Correct.




    Correct but not in your case. I repeat that you still need "the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) used in NVMe mode for your Intel NVMe SSD".




    Do not mix everything up, SATA RAID and NVMe have nothing to do (except in the specific case of an Intel Optane).

    The thing that seems to mislead you and that you don't seem to understand is that Intel has decided not to create dedicated Intel NVMe drivers for its NVMe SSDs, and therefore SATA RAID Drivers = Intel NVMe Drivers (hence, "SATA RAID drivers in NVMe mode").
    Now it is perfectly clear. At the end you center the issue in my case, as I was indeed mislead about this SATA/Intel driver's thing.

    For optimization I like my self to have active/installed only what is used. I'll try to disable the SATA controller and remove the SATA AHCI drivers (iaAHCIC.inf), and of course keep the SATA RAID/Optane drivers (iastorac.inf) as used by my Intel NVMe drive.

    The curious thing is that I will keep a driver installed even if the intended hardware for which it should be installed is disabled (SATA controller), as it is used by another hardware (Intel NVMe drive).

    Again, you are very nice and thank you so so much.

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    @MoKiChU Driver Updates

    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    Hi everyone,

    - Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers : 2108.100.0.1053 WHQL [16/02/2021]



    Download : Link


    Thread updated.
    Also SATA drivers: Thank you @MoKiChU. STAY WELL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    Hi everyone,

    - Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers : 2108.100.0.1053 WHQL [16/02/2021]



    Download : Link


    Thread updated.
    Thanks as usual MoKiChU
    It is important to get the latest from MEI and ME firmware updates, as Intels CSME is an evil thing for the normal consumer(it's actually designed for company admins in mind) as it is a possible hacker attack vector. CSME attacks can even be done on PC's that are turned off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    ....
    Quick question regarding SATA controller: in case of having a classic sata hdd attached to one of the sata connectors to the motherboard, placed as an extra storage next to the NVMe dedicated to Windows, would this hdd need to have the SATA controller active in bios so for it to regularly be seen by Windows at boot?

    I haven't tried to disable the SATA controller in this machine to see if the hdd doesn't show up at boot, as I have some tasks on that disk ruining at startup that is a bit complicated to pause, so sorry for maybe asking a silly and rather easy question to check my self.

    Thank you.

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    is chipset are important to install driver if we are using gpu on that mobo

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoKiChU View Post
    Hi,

    If an SATA HDD is used, of course, SATA controller must keeped enabled (and therefore the SATA AHCI drivers is needed).
    Thank you for the confirmation!!!

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    Hi everyone,

    - Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers - 1xx : 17.7.1.1010 WHQL [02/03/2021]
    Download - 1xx : Link


    Thread updated.
    Last edited by MoKiChU; 08-17-2021 at 06:12 PM.

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    Hi MoKiChU

    Sorry for what might be an obvious question but regarding the Intel SATA AHCI-RAID Drivers is it only the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Software that's not included when compared to the download available from Asus here?
    Last edited by D3SOL4TE; 04-02-2021 at 05:07 PM.

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    TurboV Core 1.10.07 says "Please install Intel MEI Driver from ASUS Support CD."
    And sometimes AISuite3 says too that the MEI Driver is not installed.
    I have Windows reinstalled and same "Error" but System runs fine.
    And why is a 1# after the Intel MEI Driver?!
    I tried different Versions but all the same.


    The FW is Unknown



    I have flashed the latest FW from here.
    https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...ntel-ME-(Z490)
    Last edited by zocker; 04-02-2021 at 08:17 PM.
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