Intel chipset drivers or Intel® Rapid Storage Technology?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by jarablue, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. jarablue

    jarablue Gawd

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    I have an older laptop. Circa 2008 HP 6910p. I wanted to know if I should install the intel chipset drivers or the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology drivers? Or both.

    I am using a sata hard drive and am going to be upgrading to a ssd drive.

    What is the difference between the 2 driver sets?

    Thanks!
     
  2. atp1916

    atp1916 [H]ard|DCoTM x1

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    The RST driver is the AHCI / Raid driver which i don't think Intel actually bundles with the .inf chipset installation utility, so i think you actually need both.

    I know i did for this Z77 chipset.
     
  3. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

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    After you install the OS, install the Chipset Installation Utility, which helps organize your devices by providing them names and the information required to install drivers. At that point you can run Windows Update to get the latest driver or install it from Intel's site. I recommend WU because it's easier and you get the driver that Intel recommends for your system.
     
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  4. cyclone3d

    cyclone3d [H]ardForum Junkie

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    WU completely sucks as far as driver updates go.

    I have had mutliple systems become non bootable after installing drivers from WU.

    And to top it off, the drivers from WU are generally at least 6 months or more older than what is actually available.
     
  5. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

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    One time I had an issue with a driver from WU. However, because the drivers on there are dished out to everyone in the world, if they truly "sucks" the entire world would fall apart because most people run Microsoft OSes.

    Also, many companies use unified drivers. Just because a newer version is available does not mean it has any effect at all on your hardware. Intel works very closely with Microsoft to provide the best drivers possible for the hardware in your system.

    Other than the one instance of a bad NIC driver (which was eventually pulled), I've had very good success with WU drivers, often times finding drivers which I did not know needed to be updated or even existed.