Is Windows 10 Standard AHCI Driver Sufficient?

  1.    09 Sep 2015 #1

    Is Windows 10 Standard AHCI Driver Sufficient?

    I have an I5 Ivy-Bridge (B75 chipset) system. Windows 10 is up and running (fresh install) and I've been able to load all but the correct SATA drivers - still using the "Standard" AHCI SATA driver that windows installed.

    Asus hasn't released a new Windows 10 SATA driver for their B75 motherboards yet. Hell, they just posted the Intel MEI chipset driver a couple days ago, and I had to get the VIA audio driver directly from the VIA website.

    I'm wondering if that standard windows SATA driver is going to cause any performance issues. I noticed all the 8-series and newer chipset based motherboard drivers have been updated on the Asus website (and other manufacture websites too), but the 7-series (Ivy Bridge) based motherboards have very few drivers updated. Are motherboard manufacturers even planing on fully supporting their 7-series motherboards? So far support has been sporadic at best...

    Appreciate any feedback...
    Last edited by rcxtra; 11 Sep 2015 at 13:11.
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  2.    11 Sep 2015 #2

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  3.    11 Sep 2015 #3

    I would recommend installing the Win10 drivers from the linked page:

    The chipset drivers might improve your performance.
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  4.    12 Sep 2015 #4

    Get the latest chipset driver from Intel website. For my X99 chipset it reads: Intel(R) C610 series/X99 chipset 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller - 8D02
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  5.    13 Sep 2015 #5

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    Get the latest chipset driver from Intel website. For my X99 chipset it reads: Intel(R) C610 series/X99 chipset 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller - 8D02
    I downloaded and installed the 'chipset' driver (which are really only inf files) from Asus for my motherboard (P8B75-M/CSM) and the storage controller in device manager still shows only "Standard AHCI" which is the default windows driver.

    Did you also install a SATA driver (usually iastor.sys)? After installing the SATA/AHCI driver is when the specific controller type is displayed, in your case Intel(R) C610 series/X99 chipset 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller - 8D02. Asus has yet to release a SATA diver for any of their B75 motherboards, only chipset drivers. In fact I checked the other major manufacturers (Asus, Asrock, MSI, Gigabyte) and non of them have released SATA/AHCI drivers for their 7-series boards yet, just audio, lan and chipset drivers.

    All the 8-series and newer motherboards have ALL drivers updated for Windows 10, I'm hoping 7-series boards aren't being left behind. Ivy Bridge is still a relatively new and capable platform - Sata III 6G/s, DDR3 1600, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0.
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  6.    14 Sep 2015 #6

    No. I only installed those .inf files. If you are referrring to Intel RST, you don't need it if you don't have a RAID setup. Not all Intel chipsets change the SATA controller name. Standard AHCI is okay.

    By the way, this is the link to Intel download page. Did you try this one?

    Intel Download Center
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  7.    30 May 2016 #7

    There is no Intel driver for Windows 10 and the 7 series Chipset. If you dont believe take a look here: With windows-10 and Z77 Chipset which AHCI driv... |Intel Communities

    I recommend highly to install the latest Universal MOD driver from here: Modded Intel AHCI and RAID Drivers (digitally signed)

    This works fine with windows 10 for all 7-series chipset.
    Be sure to install the certificates from the directory before replacing the microsoft driver.
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  8.    31 May 2016 #8

    If there are Windows 8.1 drivers available for your hardware, but not Windows 10, just install the 8.1 drivers. Many people have reported success using the Win8.1 drivers for Win10.

    I personally had a couple motherboards that the manufacturer did not release Windows 10 drivers for, and the Windows 8.1 drivers installed and worked just fine. If the installer won't run then update the driver(s) from 'Device Manager' and select 'Have Disk' and browse to where you extracted the Win8.1 driver files.
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  9.    31 May 2016 #9

    I can not recommend using drivers made for other windows versions. This will cause audio problems and other issues.
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  10.    31 May 2016 #10

    I would suggest you run benchmark first before starting with driver changes Download AS SSD Benchmark - MajorGeeks
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