Is it worth it?
OK, so I installed Win 7 x64 on a Gateway FX7026 PC that originally came with Vista. The Intel Matrix Storage (ICH9R SATA controller) driver
for Vista x64 is available through Gateway, and Intel offers the inf chipset updater for chipset driver updates after the fact.
First I tried installing Windows 7 in AHCI mode, but it failed, then I tried to do it by using the Load Driver function and pointing to the Vista x64 ICH9R AHCI driver on a usb stick, still no dice. Therefore I would have to slipstream the ACHI driver into the Windows 7 source and try again. I installed Windows 7 x64 with the BIOS in IDE SATA mode instead of trying to use the Vista x64 ICH9R drivers
in a slipstreamed source.
I know there are registry hacks to enable AHCI after the OS and drivers are loaded.
HOWEVER, does it really matter for a desktop use PC? NCQ is great for servers, but if I don't do video editing, will AHCI really even be any benefit?
In other words, should I bother trying to get AHCI going?
One more question, is it just me or does the ICH9R RAID mode suck? I had another mobo with ICH9R and tried to put some identical WD HDDs in RAID 0, it worked for a while then one of the disks fell off the RAID for no apparent reason. On this mobo I tried to create a RAID using the built in utility (RAID 0), but it failed. If I could get it working, is it worth it? Or is it a gimmick?
Or maybe I need HDDs that are truely made for RAID, and normal drives just won't do?