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Intel Smart Response Technology User Guide

Level 15

SSD ‘Smart Response Technology’ is simply using a small SSD drive to cache system data, while still having all your files actually stored on a traditional mechanical hard drive (HDD). What that means is you get the best of both worlds: speed and capacity. Great access speeds for day to day usages via the SSD as it fills with commonly used files, and the bulk storage benefits of your traditional HDD for all your applications and files.

SSDs do not suffer from the noticeably latency that hinders mechanical hard drives as any data in their NAND Flash chips can be accessed instantly. Comparatively, just think of a HDD as an old vinyl album, where the pick up arm has to physically travel to a precise point on a particular track before it can play the song.

Installing and setting up a SSD as your system cache is simple and this guide will walk you through the process in logical steps. The first couple of steps are done in the BIOS and the reminder will be completed in your Operating System. To enable Smart SSD cache will requires that the SATA controller be set to RAID mode via the system BIOS. And that you install the Intel Smart Response Technology which is an Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) caching feature. It allows a user to configure computer systems with an SSD used as cache memory between the hard disk drive and system memory.

System Requirements
For a system to support Intel Smart Response Technology it must have the following as a minimum requirement:

Intel Z68, X79* and future 7 series Express Chipset-based desktop board
LGA 1155 or LGA 2011 Intel Core Processors compatible with the above chipset.
System UEFI BIOS with the SATA mode set to RAID
Intel Rapid Storage Technology software 10.5 version or later
Single hard disk drive or multiple drives in a single RAID volume
Solid State Drive (SSD) with a minimum capacity of 18.6GB (post format)
Operating system: Microsoft Windows* Vista 32-bit Edition and 64-bit Edition, Microsoft Windows* 7 32-bit Edition and ... (here at ROG we always recommend Windows 7 64-bit given the choice)
*Requires an Intel driver update due 2012.

Part I: Configuring the UEFI BIOS

1. Press the F2 or Delete key during boot up to enter the BIOS setup menu.

2. Go to the Advanced Tab and SATA Configuration.

3. Select the setting for SATA Mode and change the value to RAID.

4. Press the F10 and select yes to save settings and restart the system.

Level 7

Just A quick Correction to my previous Post above, Thanked DAGMAR for the Guide, Should have Marshallr - Anyway a Big Thank you to all Contributor's

Does anyone Know the Difference Between the Intel:
Rapid Storage Technology (Intel RST)
Rapid Start Technology (Intel RST)
Smart Response Technology

THAT IS - with respect to the Download Driver's!! From What I can Figure Rapid Storage & Rapid Start Might be the Same!

I was stooging around in the ".ini" files (from the downloads) and they appear's to VERY similar???

The Driver Downloads (CG8580 - Win 7 x64 - Under SATA) and Descriptions etc are a little confusing! I Just
Want to make Sure I'm Install the Correct Driver's for the "Intel 2012 Responsiveness Technologies"!!

Re Installing Win 7 x64 - After Clicking on "Custom" The Window comes with a Dialog Box Which gives you
a Chance to "Install Drivers" (Bottom Left). I was intending to install the Chipset Drivers at this Point, But
Would Like to also Add the SATA & LAN Drivers also!!

Didn't particularly want to go to the Effort of "WAIK" or even the "RT se7en Lite" which requires the WAIK!


Level 7
In today's fast-growing computer performance, disk performance will undoubtedly become the bottleneck of the whole system. As traditional mechanical hard subject to technical reasons, so even now has high-speed transmission interface SATA3.0 interface, etc., can not meet the application requirements frequently read data. Of course, in addition to traditional mechanical hard drives already have more high-speed SSD to choose from, but the current price is more expensive conventional SSD, but compared to traditional mechanical hard disk capacity is stretched, and therefore how to improve hard disk performance has become a lot user's dream.

Level 7
Im using X79 Rampage IV Extreme and im using Intel RST Drivers & Software Set v13.0.0.1072
still no Intel Smart Response acceleration avail

My buddy got a Asrock X79 Extreme 11 using Intel RST Driver and Software set v12.8.0.1016
and he can anable smart response

can you tell me why it doesn't work on Asus X79 Rampage IV extreme ?