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Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

The amount of information we create, record, edit, share, and save—from the movies we watch to the pictures we take and the documents we store—has increased exponentially over the years. All of this high-quality digital content demands a responsive, safe, reliable storage solution.1

  • Serial ATA Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)2
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology3
  • Dynamic Storage Accelerator4
  • Serial ATA RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support5
  • Intel® Rapid Recover Technology (Intel® RRT)6
  • Power Up in Standby (PUIS) support7

Maximize your PC for performance, responsiveness, and reliability

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology offers greater levels of performance, responsiveness, and expandability than ever before. Whether you’re using one or multiple Serial ATA (SATA) drives, you can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption from the latest SATA drives. Additionally, you can rest easy knowing you have added protection against data loss in the event of a hard drive failure.

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Unleash the performance of your solid state drive

Dynamic Storage Accelerator8 accelerates the performance of your SSD by dynamically adjusting system power management policies to deliver up to 15%9,10 faster performance during heavy multitasking compared to default power management.

Fast access to the files and applications you use most

Intel® Smart Response Technology11 is a feature of Intel Rapid Storage Technology that recognizes and automatically stores your most frequently used applications and data into a high performance SSD while giving you full access to the large storage capacity of a HDD. This enables a lower-cost, small-capacity SSD to be used in conjunction with a high-capacity hard disk drive. Intel® Smart Response Technology enables your system to perform faster than a system with just a hard disk drive (HDD).

  • 3x faster acceess to your favorite applications and data12,13
  • 40% faster boot time for Windows 8*14,15

You can create, work, and play faster than ever before without paying more for a larger SSD to store your entire digital library.

Intel® Smart Response Technology now supports solid state hybrid drives (SSHD).16 An SSHD is a new type of HDD with a built-in high performance SSD. Intel® Smart Response Technology boosts SSHD performance by informing the drive which data you use the most so it can store it into the built-in SSD.

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Performance with protection: RAID technology

Most of us don’t plan backup storage well in advance. Hard drive failure can be devastating, because it results in irretrievable content. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology offers features that improve performance and data reliability for disk-intensive retrieval applications such as editing home video. For the fastest performance, Intel Rapid Storage Technology can combine from two to six drives in a configuration known as RAID 0, so data can be accessed on each drive simultaneously, speeding up response time. For the best reliability, Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID support includes the following levels of performance and reliability:

  • RAID level 0 (Striping)
  • RAID level 1 (Mirroring)
  • RAID level 5 (Striping with parity)
  • RAID level 10 (Striping and mirroring)

Multiple drives in a PC can also provide added protection from disastrous hard drive failures by mirroring all data among two or more drives. This configuration is known as RAID 1. RAID 5 and 10 provide additional reliability by mirroring all data among three and four drives respectively.17.

Rapid data recovery

Intel® Rapid Recover Technology (Intel® RRT) provides a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system in the event of hard drive failure or data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.

Lower power consumption

When your device receives the freshest data from your web services with Intel® Smart Connect Technology,18 Intel Rapid Storage Technology extends your battery life by keeping the HDD drive powered down, enabling only the low power SSD to store your fresh data.19

Faster performance and flexibility

Serial ATA Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), Native Command Queuing (NCQ) provides additional performance and faster boot times, hotplug capability to allow drives to be added or removed with the PC running, and staggered spin-up to reduce power loads on machines with multiple drives.

Product and Performance Information

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1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as PCMark* are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

2. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology requires a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, enabled chipset, and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software.

3. Requires a select Intel® processor, enabled chipset, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software, and a properly configured hybrid drive (HDD + small SSD). Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

4. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology requires a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, enabled chipset, and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software.

5. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology requires a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, enabled chipset, and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software.

6. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology requires a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, enabled chipset, and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software.

7. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology requires a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, enabled chipset, and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software.

8. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology requires a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, enabled chipset, and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software.

9. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as PCMark* are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

10. Dynamic Storage Accelerator Performance is dependent upon several factors including workload, storage configuration, operating system (OS), and CPU C-state transition efficiency. Testing has found that Dynamic Storage Accelerator performance mode, 2 SSD RAID 0 provides up to a 15-percent performance gain* as compared to default power management. Intel® microarchitecture formerly Haswell 3GHz, formerly Lynx Point Intel® Q87 chipset, 2 x 2GB @ 1333MHz RST 12.0.0.1075OS HDD: Western Digital Black* WD2002FAEX 2TB; Intel® SSD 320 Series; OS tested: RAID 0, two disk; Windows 7* Service Pack 1 (SP1) build 7601; Benchmark software: PCMark Vantage* 1.0.2 patch 1901.

11. Requires a select Intel® processor, enabled chipset, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software, and a properly configured hybrid drive (HDD + small SSD). Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

12. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as PCMark* are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

13. I/O Performance Workload: PCMark* Vantage HDD score; System Configuration: CPU: Intel® microarchitecture, formerly Ivy Bridge 1.8GHz dual core + Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology; Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3; Chipset: Intel® QM77 Chipset; HDD: Western Digital Scorpio Black* 500GB SATA Gen2; SSD: Intel® SDD 320 Series 160GB SATA Gen2; Cache Device: Intel® SSD 313 Series, 24GB SATA Gen2; Windows 8 Professional* 64-bit.

14. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as PCMark* are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

15. Windows* ADK boot time; CPU: Intel® microarchitecture formerly Ivy Bridge 1.8GHz dual core plus Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology); Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3. Chipset: Intel® QM77 Express Chipset; Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) 11.5 with the following storage options: 1) HDD: Western Digital Scorpio Black* 500GB SATA Gen2; 2) Cache: Intel® SSD 313 Series 24GB; 3) SSD: Intel® SSD 520 -, 60GB SATA Gen2.

16. Intel® Smart Response Technology requires a Intel® Core™ processor, select Intel® chipset, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology software version 12.5 or higher, and a solid-state hybrid drive reporting at least 16 GB capacity and supporting SATA-I/O hybrid information feature. Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

17. Requires a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor, enabled chipset, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) software, and a properly configured hybrid drive (HDD + small SSD). Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

18. Intel® Smart Connect Technology requires a select Intel® processor, Intel® software and BIOS update, Intel® Wireless adapter, and Internet connectivity. Solid-state memory or drive equivalent may be required. Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Contact your system manufacturer for more information.

19. Requires the HDD to be enabled with power-up in standby (PUIS). Contact your system manufacturer for more information.