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Windows 7: drivers for new SSD

14 Jan 2012   #1

Windows Professional
 
 
drivers for new SSD

Biostar 880g+
AMD Phenom 4X
Intel 320 80GB

I did a clean install of Win 7 64bit. At this point I assume I'm running native MS drivers for the SSD.

I'm always confused as to which drivers I should use on a new motherboard install: the ones on the Biostar website, AMD's website, and in some cases the native MS drivers.

The Intel SSD and appears to be running fine. AS SSD shows seq read/write as 250/90.

The AMD website lists South Bridge, RAID, and SATA drivers. Should I have installed these?

Since the speeds look OK would I benefit from changing drivers at this point?

thanks,

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14 Jan 2012   #2

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

you should goto the website of the ssd you have and check for updated drivers from there.

scrooge
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14 Jan 2012   #3

Windows Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scrooge View Post
you should goto the website of the ssd you have and check for updated drivers from there.

scrooge
See my OP, exactly WHICH drivers?

I didn't think Intel chipset drivers should be installed on an AMD mb.
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15 Jan 2012   #4

windows 7
 
 

I have a 320 120g intel SSD. The windows driver is just fine.
I would install Intels toolbox it will give some info on and check your firmware for your drive.
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=18455
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15 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pulpwood007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scrooge View Post
you should goto the website of the ssd you have and check for updated drivers from there.

scrooge
See my OP, exactly WHICH drivers?

I didn't think Intel chipset drivers should be installed on an AMD mb.

you are only installing firmware for the ssd not for the motherboard

the drivers for the SSD will just make it work smoother with all the other hardware

Don't take it as Intel has to be all intel only there are alot of rigs with mixed match hardware that takes drivers from both teams

It is up to you to understand what you are using and the proper firmware and updates to keep it running at full potential
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15 Jan 2012   #6

Windows Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pulpwood007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scrooge View Post
you should goto the website of the ssd you have and check for updated drivers from there.

scrooge
See my OP, exactly WHICH drivers?

I didn't think Intel chipset drivers should be installed on an AMD mb.

you are only installing firmware for the ssd not for the motherboard

the drivers for the SSD will just make it work smoother with all the other hardware

Don't take it as Intel has to be all intel only there are alot of rigs with mixed match hardware that takes drivers from both teams

It is up to you to understand what you are using and the proper firmware and updates to keep it running at full potential
I know the difference between firmware and drivers. As far as I can tell in this situation it is NOT recommended to use Intel drivers with the AMD southbridge chip. I have downloaded and installed the ATI Catalyst driver from AMD' website. I simply need to know if there is a separate southbridge driver that would enhance performance of my Intel SSD (over the native Win 7 drivers).

Either I have no clue as to what's going on or I'm just not getting the info I'm looking for.
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15 Jan 2012   #7

Windows Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pulpwood007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scrooge View Post
you should goto the website of the ssd you have and check for updated drivers from there.

scrooge
See my OP, exactly WHICH drivers?

I didn't think Intel chipset drivers should be installed on an AMD mb.

you are only installing firmware for the ssd not for the motherboard

the drivers for the SSD will just make it work smoother with all the other hardware

Don't take it as Intel has to be all intel only there are alot of rigs with mixed match hardware that takes drivers from both teams

It is up to you to understand what you are using and the proper firmware and updates to keep it running at full potential
I know the difference between firmware and drivers. As far as I can tell in this situation it is NOT recommended to use Intel drivers with the AMD southbridge chip. I have downloaded and installed the ATI Catalyst driver from AMD' website. I simply need to know if there is a separate southbridge driver that would enhance performance of my Intel SSD (over the native Win 7 drivers). OR does the Catalyst driver also provide storage controller??

Either I have no clue as to what's going on or I'm just not getting the info I'm looking for.
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16 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

if it is firmware for the ssd then why are you worried

sorry to say if you think that would of been a issue why buy a intel ssd ?
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16 Jan 2012   #9

Windows Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
if it is firmware for the ssd then why are you worried

sorry to say if you think that would of been a issue why buy a intel ssd ?
I am not "worried" about anything. Please see the OP. This post was never about firmware. I know how to flash firmware.

This post is about driver(s). Again my question is which drivers to install. I have installed ATI Catalyst from AMD's website. Again, my question is does it contain the storage controller driver in the package or not. If not where would I find this AMD driver.

I bought the Intel 320 because of reliability and so far it is working great. I will be perfectly happy to leave as is but I want to know how to optimize it, if for nothing else academic reasons.
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16 Jan 2012   #10

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I am using an Intel 320 series 80 GB drive, with Intel processor on a Gigabyte motherboard.

Device Manager shows the following:

SSD driver: Microsoft 6.1.7600.16385, dated 6/21/2006.

I'm also using Intel's SATA AHCI controller version 10.1.0.1008, but I'd guess that doesn't apply to you with an AMD processor.

Intel SSD toolbox shows my firmware as 4PC10362.

I have no performance issues with the SSD. Attached are two benchmarks for comparison to yours.


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