Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 15.9.0.1015 Production Version Release 

 

3 Nov 2017


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Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 7* 1 2

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Edition* 2

Microsoft Windows 8.1*1 2

Microsoft Windows 8.1 x64 Edition* 2

Microsoft Windows 10* 1

Microsoft Windows 10 x64 Edition* 3

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 x64 Edition*

1 - These OS versions pass validation testing, but are not WHQL certified.

2 – These OS versions are supported only on SKL platform and not supported on any future platforms starting KBL.

3 – This is WHQL certified against latest Windows 10 OS.

Revision History

Date

Driver Revision

Build Number

3 Nov 2017

15.9.0.1015 PV Release

1015

23 Oct 2017

15.9.0.1015 PC Release

1015

30 Sept 2017

15.9.0.1013 Release

1013

15 Sept 2017

15.9.0.1011 Release

1011

25 August 2017

15.9.0.1007 Release

1007

18 August 2017

15.9.0.1002 Release

1002

 

 

Notes:  

1.     Known Issue is defined as a potential RST issue that has been replicated internally by the Rapid Storage Technology team but has not been root caused to be an RST defect.

2.     The RAID OROM & UEFI version for this release is 15.9.0.3194, the driver and user interface version is 15.9.0.1015. For RST Premium features (RAID, SRT, Optane), it is recommended that both the pre-OS and RST OS driver components are updated. Please contact your CE for further details.

 

Updated Features/Specs

HMB feature support.   

Support for 8 SATA devices

Note: RST Installer now blocks downgrade and uninstallation of RST driver to any version older than 15.7.1.1015 when disks are connected to SATA ports 6 or 7.

Note: Older drivers including RST 13.2 inbox do not support SATA ports 6 and 7. Any configuration requiring the use of SATA ports 6 and 7 (e.g. RAID0 with member disks on SATA port 6 or 7) fails if RST drivers older than 15.7.1.1015 are loaded.

 

Modify the current code to include hidden partitions when shrinking the last partition on the system drive by 5MB to make space for RST metadata when enabling premium features.

 

Add support for DST in NVMe passthrough API.

 

Supported Hardware

SKUs shown below with (A) symbol supports AHCI mode only

SKUs shown below with (O) symbol supports both AHCI and OptaneTM modes only

Chipset Name

Platform

SKU Details

Intel® 200 Series Chipset Family

Coffee Lake (CFL-S) Desktop SKU KBP-H

·        Z370

 

Intel® 8thGeneration Core Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller

Kaby Lake-Refresh (KBL-R)

SPT PCH-LP

(Mobile-LP)

·        Base-U (A)

·        Premium

·        Premium-Y

 

Intel® 200 Series Chipset Family

Kabylake S Desktop SKUs KPT-H

·        Q250 (O)

·        B250 (O)

·        Z270

·        H270

·        Q270

·        C236**

·        X299 #

Intel® 7th Generation Core Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller

Kabylake

SPT PCH-LP

(Mobile-LP)

·        Base-U (A)

·        Premium-U

·        Premium-Y

Intel® 100/C230 Series Chipset Family

Kabylake Halo

 SPT PCH-H (Mobile/Mobile WS)

·        HM175

·        QM175

·        CM238

 

N – 1 (No Intel® Optane™ Memory Support)

Intel® 100/C230 Series Chipset Family

Skylake

SPT PCH-H (Desktop/WS)

·        H110 (A)

·        Q150 (A)

·        B150 (A)

·        Z170

·        H170

·        Q170

·        C236

Intel® 100/C230 Series Chipset Family

Skylake Halo

SPT-H

(Mobile/Mobile WS)

·        HM170/HM175

·        QM170/QM175

·        CM236/CM238

Intel® 6th Generation Core Processor Family Platform I/O SATA AHCI/RAID Controller

Skylake

SPT PCH-LP (Mobile)

·        Base-U (A)

·        Premium-U

·        Premium-Y

 

** Greenlow-R support

# Supports SKL-X and KBL-X processors

 

 

Resolved Issues

Resolved Issues In 15.9.0.1015 PV Release

 

ID

Title

Operating System

1805544813

BSOD with Bugcheck 0xA0 (HIBERSTACK_INIT_FAILED) when driver is upgraded without reboot and enters S4.

 

1805739643

Incorrect verbiage in RST installer in Readme File Information window

 

1805565098

Bugcheck PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (50) on disabling SATA AHCI Controller in AHCI mode

 

1504378391

ODD lost after installing IRST driver

 

1805531738

BSOD 0xD1 (DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL) during S4 stress testing

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805531747

 BSOD 0x154 UNEXPECTED STORE EXCEPTION during S4 stress testing

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805436606

When IRRT volume is created, it is shown as Intel RAID 1 volume instead of Intel Recovery Volume.

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805524181

Bug check points to RST driver when VTIO support is enabled in Bios

 

 

 

Resolved Issues In 15.9.0.1013 Release

 

ID

Title

Operating System

1805161214

Unable to enable Optane when 2 or more RAID data volumes exist on the system

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805499844

Intel Optane memory application ran into a problem after closing tray icon notification

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805494907

System will BSOD after finishing Win10 RS3 OS installation on NVMe drive.

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805480543

BSOD "0xD1" occurred when system resumes from S3

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805463515

Asserts/bugcheck on disabling Intel(R) Chipset SATA/PCIe RST Premium Controller

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805474013

 Inaccessible boot device BSOD after creating Raid5 volume and going through Safe Mode

windows.10_rs3.x64

1805476772

Shrinking OEM parition does not work when some gpt attributes are set.

 

1805490634

[RAID0 NVMe] Low scores when PCMarkVantage is run

windows.10_rs1.x64

1805478480

Service is disabled after creating NGSA in WinPe using slow drive without partitions

 

 

 

Resolved Issues In 15.9.0.1011 Beta Release

 

ID

Title

Operating System

1804732076

[NVMe] BSOD 0xD1 during S4 exit

windows.10_rs1.x64

1504547298

Connected Standby BSOD - Drive compatibility issue with iRST 15.7

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805111358

RAID0 NVMe Seq read Q32T1 bandwidth is lower than single drive

windows.10_rs1.x64

1804342366

OS does not run smoothly for about one minute after resume from S3.

windows.10_th.x64

1805303808

BSOD during S3/S4 cycling with a bug check 0xEF(CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED)

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805289807

S3 long run will show Black screen (BSOD_0xD1_DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL)

windows.10_rs2.x64

1804926545

OS freezes in IOmeter with MSI-X MessageNumberLimit = 1

windows.10_rs1.x64

1805284752

Black screen appears without backlight when run S4 and dump bugcheck 'D1' points to iaStorA.sys

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805297251

 SLP-S0 residency is <90% when RTD3 support is disabled and OptaneVolume is enabled

windows.10_rs2.x64

1804734666

SATA device lost after loading RST f6 driver from SATA ODD during win7/win10 installation, its causes OS install to fail.

windows.10_rs1.x64

1804669082

ODD missing after offline ejection during manufacturing process

windows.10_rs1.x64

1805178399

BSOD occurred when running System - Sleep and PNP (disable and enable) with IO using Realtek Cartier ac 2x2 card.

windows.7.x64

1805171623

Incomplete NVMe SSD brand name in device manager

 

1805246045

Error 0xA007000B during enabling and disabling Optane

windows.10_x64

1805168878

F6 driver issue (ports 6,7) using RST 15.7.1.1015

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805118237

In the system report, the type of Optane_Volumeis displayed as "Unknown".

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805109668

SATA DevSLP sometimes does not assert or takes too long to assert blocking SLP_S0#

windows.10_rs2.x64

 

Known Issues

 

Known Issues In 15.9.0.1015 PV Release

 

ID

Title

Operating System

1805667095

Cannot open IRST UI sporadically when certain HDD’s are plugged into the system

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805625734

Bug check D1 observed during S3 cycling

windows.10_rs3.x64

1805529543

Very Sporadic "IAStorUI Stopped working" error message appears when RST UI kept Open while performing manual S3 cycles

windows.10_rs3.x64

1805522991

ADK Shutdown Duration score can't meet spec

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805501315

Cannot install Win10 rs2 on NVMe SSD in RST mode

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805491379

SUT is not Booting to OS when Password is enabled on Primary HDD with SB2 as Secondary NVME.

windows.10_rs3.x64

1805490090

"Intel Optane Memory" tab is seen in IRST UI even when Optane device is not connected to the system

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805490063

Optane PCMV HDD cycles test score is low around 50K in cache full (~100%) condition

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805490049

RST UI crashes after system wakes from Hyrbid S3 or Deep S4 or Hibernate, only if RST UI application was open earlier.

windows.10_rs3.x64

1805482707

SUT is not booting to OS after enabling Hyper-V option.

windows.10_rs3.x64

1805480515

Windows is not detecting Optane drive after disruptive power off during disabling process

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805475125

Legacy RST OROM does not load on CFL platform, when enabling CSM and "Use legacy OROM" option in SATA configuration

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805473462

 After installing IRST driver using Setup.exe -notray - s method system tray icon cannot be turned on using IRST UI.

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805464013

Error event log ID7000/ID7009 (iaStorAfsService) show up after PBR reset/refresh.

windows.10_rs2.x64

1805161226

HDD/SSD password and Volume status.

windows.10_rs1.x64

1805116821

Unexpected page shows up and it would not be go back to previous page when press "ESC".

windows.10_rs2.x64

 

 

Terminology

Common Terms and Acronyms

Definition

AEN

Asynchronous Event Notification

AHCI

Advanced Host Controller Interface

ATA

Advanced Technology Attachment

ATAPI

Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface

BIOS

Basic Input / Output System

BUS PROTOCOL GROUP

A bus protocol group represents a set of bus protocols with similar performance characteristics. Bus Protocol Groups are listed here in decending order of speed:

1- PCIe
2- SATA

Chipset

A term used to define a collection of The PNHCI components required to make a PC function.

CSMI

OEM Common Storage Management Interface for reporting RAID configurations and SMP, SSP, STP pass through.

DEVSLP

Serial ATA Device Sleep

DMA

Direct Memory Access

DOS

Disk Operating System

DIPM

Device Initiated Power Management

Disk’s Write Cache

A memory device within a hard drive, which is allocated for the temporary storage of data before that data is copied to its permanent storage location.

GB

Giga-byte = 10243bytes

HDD

Hard Disk Drive

HIPM

Host Initiated Power Management

Hot Plug

A term used to describe the removal or insertion of a SATA disk while the system is powered on.

ICH

Input / Output Controller Hub

InstantGo*

Microsoft Windows* 8.1 connected standby low-power state that features extremely low power consumption while maintaining Internet connectivity.

KB

Kilo-byte   = 1024bytes

LPM

Link Power Management

M.2

Specification for internally mounted computer expansion cards and associated connectors. It replaces the mSATA standard. Formerly known as the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF)

MB

Mega-bytes  = 10242bytes

MEMORY GROUP

A memory group represents a set of backend storage media types with similar performance characteristics. Memory Groups are listed here in ascending order of speed:

1- Spindle Device (HDD)                                              4- PCIe NAND Device (SSD)

2- NAND Spindle Hybrid Device                                 5- PCIe NAND Device (SXP)

3- PCH SATA NAND Device (SSD)        

mSATA

Computer bus interface that connects host bus adapters to mass storage devices such as hard disk drives and optical drives. Uses PCI Express Mini Card-like connector that is electrically SATA.

NAI

Notification Area Icon

NTFS

NT File System

NVC

Non-Volatile Cache

NVMe

Non-Volatile Memory Express: Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI), is a specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) attached through the PCI Express (PCIe) bus

OEM

Original Equipment Manufacturer

ODD

Optical Disk Drive

OROM

Option ROM

OS

Operating System

PCH

Platform Controller Hub

PCIe

PCI Express (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express): is a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard

Port

The point at which a SATA drive physically connects to the SATA controller.

PRD

Product Requirements Document

PUIS

Power Up In Standby - Drive feature that allows a spindle device to be powered up in standby mode without spinning the disk up.

RAID

Redundant Array of Independent Disks
Matrix RAID: A configuration supporting two RAID levels by having two volumes in a single RAID array that use Intel® RST

RTD3

Runtime D3

RS2

Redstone2

SATA

Serial ATA

SIPM

Software Initiated Power Management

S.M.A.R.T.

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology: an open standard for developing hard drives and software systems that automatically monitors a hard drive’s health and reports potential problems.

SED

Self-Encrypting Drive

SRT

Smart Response Technology. Intel® RST’s premium feature to use caching technology that enables caching of a device or volume using a faster device

SSD

Solid State Drive – non volatile memory used as storage media

SSHD

Solid-State Hybrid Drive

TB

Tera-byte = 10244bytes

UEFI

UEFI pre-OS driver

UI

User Interface

VC

Validation Candidate

ZPODD

Zero Power Optical Disk Drive