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    MotherboardAsus Rampage V Extreme (BIOS 3504)
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-5930K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.5GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W
    Memory (part number)32GB G.Skill Ripjaws 4 Series 2666MHz (4X8G GSKILL F4-2666C15Q-32GRR)
    Graphics Card #1EVGA 1080ti icx SC2 11G-P4-6593-KR
    Graphics Card #2EVGA 1080ti icx SC2 11G-P4-6593-KR
    Sound Cardbuilt-in for optical, FiiO E17 USB DAC for headphones
    Monitor3 x ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 144hz 1440p G-Sync
    Storage #1Main: Samsung 850 Pro-Series 2.5" 512GB SATA III (Gaming: Samsung 840 Evo 2.5" 1TB SATA III)
    Storage #2Other: Crucial M500 (Media: Seagate SV35 3TB 7200RPM SATA 6-Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5")
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-D15 6 heatpipe with Dual NF-A15 140mm/120mm fans
    CaseSilverstone Extended-ATX Tek Aluminum Full Tower, Silver FT04S-W
    Power SupplyEVGA 120-G2-1600-X1 1600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI 80 PLUS GOLD
    Keyboard MaxKeyboard Nighthawk X9 (Cherry MX Red switches)
    Mouse Logitech G502 Wired
    Headset Sennheiser G4MEZERO Black 150-Ohm Closed
    Headset/Speakers Yamaha RX-V475 to Klipsch/Pioneer 5.1
    OS Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
    Network RouterASUS RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 Dual-band Gigabit
    Accessory #1 Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard
    Accessory #2 PS4 Controller with DS4Windows 360 emulation
    Accessory #3 Saitek X52 (Standard)

    Join Date
    Sep 2014

    UEFI questions on primary, primary RAID 0, and secondary drives for new 8.1 build

    I'm in the process of acquiring my parts (the Rampage V Extreme x99 being the last major item I'm still tracking down for purchase) and want to ensure maximum throughput as well as the best options for multi-boot, potentially with Linux and/or OSX.

    1. UEFI will generally offer the best boot and speed benefits in conjunction with a windows 8.1+ installation, correct? If so, do I select this during Windows' fresh install or is it selected and configured on the drive in advance? I know it would need to be enabled/disabled in the BIOS should conversion from an existing MBR-based boot disc be utilized.

    I currently have a Crucial M500 960GB SSD which was my prior Win 7 MBR disc with boot/os/game partitions. I'm looking to repurpose that drive for use as either a primary for OS or secondary for steam/origin gaming. This leads to my subsequent questions:
    2. Do I convert that to UEFI (with something like only if it's a primary or does it also need to be converted for maximum performance even if a secondary?
    3. If it is the primary and is RAID 0 does it need UEFI if it is the second drive of a raided pair or does that only go on the first drive of a raided pair or get striped across both volumes once? I'm assuming it would be striped across both in that scenario.

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    ROG Guru: Grand Master Array
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Here are some guides on UEFI that might be useful for you. The guides were done with another motherboard but the principles should be the same.

    Rampage IV UEFI Boot Installation Guide On Windows 7 or 8

    Guide: Building RAID With UEFI

    If you're using the SSD as secondary storage, just format it in Windows. If you're planning to use it as the primary OS drive, the whole MBR/GPT will be taken care of automatically during the Windows 8.1 installation process.

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