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Old 01-15-2018, 11:13 PM   #16
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

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Congrats Skully !

I have a lot of reading to do to catch up.
(But my son is sleeping tonight, so I have the Internet computer)

I don't want to pressure you in any way, Skully.
But I for one, do not believe you are gonna be in a two drive raid 0 situation for too long. With your history with raid, I fully expect you to be popping for a third drive and be running Raid 5 with that dongle within 3 months.
Thanks, you're right, I bought the VROC premium key, with that very
thought in mind... I'm putting the APEX through the mill, to see how all its features operate.
Then pick the ones I'll settle in with... Hope all is well with you, and family my friend...
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:28 PM   #17
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

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Well guys, I went ahead and bought a RAID key. I found a new genuine Intel VROCSTANMOD key at PC Nation for $84 delivered with 3-day shipping. I think it is worth it to have as it unlocks a valuable feature on our APEX and that is VROC RAID and the use of non-Intel SSD's. I said I would not put a drive on the DIMM.2 socket and the PCIEX8_4 slot (last one) but in thinking ahead, if the DIMM.2 does do 8X then it is possibility someday to either do 2x RAID0 on CPU-DIMM.2 or 3x RAID0 incuding the PCIEX8_4 slot. Also the possibility of VROC RAID0 on two PCI cards like Skully is doing.

I am looking at the crystal ball and I see that this adapter might not be around much longer and I am set on keeping this mobo. Even when ASUS does a refresh the end of the year when new CPU's come out. I don't see anything getting changed that I would need except double 4X on the CPU_DIMM.2 socket if it doesn't already have it. Also, I see VROC and APEX mobo support getting much better in the future. This will be a good but small investment compared to the whole system and it can unlock a really good feature on the APEX. It also makes use of dedicated logic cells inside the CPU. I like to use all my stuff available or at least know that it works. I will plug the key in when I get it whether I get to use it or not.

BTW, that ASUS Hyper 16X card that is built really well and only listed for $71 can hold 4 drives. It requires VROC and it has insane performance. There are settings all over in the APEX BIOS Storage for this card.

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Yea I think that's a good move, getting the VROC key, the ASUS Hyper 16X card is really neat card, I don't think I'd be interested in all that speed. It
would be like owning a sports car with a 800 hp engine and using it in the
city...
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:29 PM   #18
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

Dang it, another double post...
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:33 PM   #19
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

RAID 5 is nice, never tried it. The standard key I bought will do RAID 10 which is to say 1+0 and not ten I think. But it won't do 5. 5 is really nice Skully if you ever swing for a 3rd Optanium.

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Old 01-15-2018, 11:39 PM   #20
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

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Yea I think that's a good move, getting the VROC key, the ASUS Hyper 16X card is really neat card, I don't think I'd be interested in all that speed. It
would be like owning a sports car with a 800 hp engine and using it in the
city...
Yeah I might never use my key but I want to have it in case I do. I really do not think I need RAID anyway. Not putting it down at all, I like RAID but I already have the speed and all I need is the capacity. I would rather have my lovely ASUS Essence STX audio card in a PCI slot and enjoy my music than use if for a third drive to do RAID. I would like to get a second Optane someday because I like them but I wouldn't do RAID, I would replace the cheaper EVO with it.
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:05 PM   #21
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

Ok, I received my Premium VROC key yesterday, I had VROC RAID-O setup
in the bios with me two Optane pci drives. But when loading windows you
need a F6 floppy driver with the Intel VROC driver, for the raid to show up.
I've tried two drivers but both were the wrong drivers. I've seen what the
VROC driver looks like, after the app is opened with the driver, from the
internet. It has the word VROC in it... All this Intel c*** is so unclear and
hard to find, the right driver is enough to cause me to pull out what little
hair I have... I tell ya...
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:20 PM   #22
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

Hey I got the latest hold on.
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:23 PM   #23
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

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Hey I got the latest hold on.
????????help a old guy out what I'm I missing? Oh you must mean Intel driver...OK took me a little....lol
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:24 PM   #24
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

Here you go, the F6 drivers. Use the x64 Win 10 one.

Download VROC and RSTe Driver for Windows*
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Hope it works out for you soon Skully.

Here is a thread that might help. I read this whole thing and posted it above somewhere. These folks have been through the mill on VROC.

VROC Bootable Raid with Intel 900p - when will this be supported in the BIOS? - Page 11

Anyway, the key you bought might not work. I bought the VROCISSDMOD key because it stated from Intel to work on the X299 platform. But, if you are doing RAID0 you might not even need a key. You have a good chance of getting it to work because you have two Intel drives.

If the driver package I gave you did not work, try the one from the ASUS APEX driver page here.

Version 5.1.0.1098
2017/07/3150.31 MBytes
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Driver Software
Install Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise Driver Software V5.1.0.1098 for Windows 10 64-bit.(WHQL)
F6-drivers Intel(R) RSTe AHCI/RAID Driver V5.1.0.1098 for Windows 10 64-bit.

It has the F6 drivers as well.

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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

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????????help a old guy out what I'm I missing? Oh you must mean Intel driver...OK took me a little....lol
You don't want to know FVB lol. I hope Skully gets it working. Like I posted, a guy got it working but said it did not offer any performance over chipset RAID like we've been using. Now it you could get the 2 drives on the CPU_DIMM.2 and 1 drive on the PCIEX8_4 working (3 drives) you would start to see something.
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Here you go, the F6 drivers. Use the x64 Win 10 one.

Download VROC and RSTe Driver for Windows*
Thanks a lot bud, I believe this is the drivers, I've been looking for.
I'll be off for while to see if I can get RAIDed....
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Re: *2X Intel Optane PCI 480gig VROC *

If it doesn't work, try pulling your dongle lol. It may work better without it.
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:35 PM   #29
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If it doesn't work, try pulling your dongle lol. It may work better without it.
I don't believe it, the new Optane drive. Doesn't work in any of the
PCI slots, it was working this afternoon. Compared to the other drive
it shows no physical damage, just flat quit on me, so back to MC for
an exchange, tomorrow...
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If it doesn't work, try pulling your dongle lol. It may work better without it.
Again thanks Sandog, for all the great help, appreciated... We won't know
if things work until then...
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