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Intel 750 NVMe 400GB U.2 SSD Bootable RAID 0 Report

By: Jon Coulter | RAID in Storage | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 1:08 pm

Jon's Consumer PCIe SSD Review Test System Specifications

 

 

We would like to thank ASRock, Crucial, Intel, Corsair, RamCity, IN WIN, and Seasonic for making our test system possible.

 

 

 

Bootable PCIe RAID 0 Settings

 

We will briefly go over the settings we used for our bootable PCIe RAID array:

 

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SATA mode needs to be set to RAID and RST PCIe storage remapping needs to be enabled. Storage OpROM policy needs to be set to boot UEFI only for a bootable array.

 

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After a restart, Intel's Rapid Storage Technology will show up in advanced options, and you can configure your PCIe array. We used 64K stripes to create our array. We found that a 64K stripe size delivers better overall performance than the default 16K.

 

After creating the array, you are ready to load Windows, but you must have a compatible "F6" RST driver ready to load with Windows (we chose the latest version 14.8), or the array will not be recognized. Windows installer must be loaded as UEFI, so Windows is installed on a GPT partition.

 

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Once Windows is loaded, you will need to install the Intel RST control panel to enable RST write-back caching, which is a MUST DO for superior performance.

 

 

Drive Properties

 

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The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We feel that most of you will be utilizing your SSDs for your boot volume and that presenting you with results from an OS volume is more relevant than presenting you with empty secondary volume results.

 

System settings: Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our systems BIOS. Windows High-Performance power plan is enabled. Windows write caching is enabled, and Windows buffer flushing is disabled. We are utilizing Windows 10 Pro 64-bit for all of our testing except for our MOP (Maxed-Out Performance) benchmarks where we switch our OS to Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit.

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