I am currently putting together a new PC build parts list. I want to build an Intel rig, and the whole purpose of wanting a new PC was so that I could boot and run it primarily from an array of NVMe solid states. So when I picked my board (Asus rog rampage vi extreme) it was an x299 chipset. I started reading reviews on it, and a lot of the low reviews where saying there was a lot of trouble booting from a raid 0 array of NVMe. I started doing research and information is all over the place with wild differing answers. Not to mention I can't find any forums or support answers more recent than 6 months ago.
My question to you is that using the board I chose. I would like to use an array of Samsung 970 Evo to boot from. Is this possible? Would I need a vroc key? Which one if I only want raid 0?
If that answer is no, I read that right now only Intel professional level NVMe were supported. As a back up I suppose I'd be okay with using Intel 7600p. Are these supported in a bootable raid 0 array? Would I need a vroc key? Which one if I want raid 0?
Thank you for any support you can offer for me specifically.
As we understand, you need assistance with Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC). If we infer correctly, please, review the following information:
- The https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000030310/memory-and-storage/ssd-software.html Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) Supported Configurations covers the SSDs that are supported on the product Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU. Including the Intel® SSD and third-party SSDs from other vendors.
- Intel VROC keys have four different SKUs:
The RAID 0 is supported by 3 of our keys but it varies depending on your SSDs and if you want to use other levels of RAID in the future.
- The Intel® SSD Pro 7600p Series is a great compatible option to use with Intel® VROC.
- If you choose the Intel® SSD Pro 7600p Series your best option will be the "VROCISSDMOD key" since all your drives will be manufactured by us.
Please take into consideration your motherboard compatible hardware list in order to choose the option that better fits your needs.
If you have future questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you in any way we can.
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So, this is almost laughable. Intel claims they support 3rd party NVMe. However, the listed 3rd party NVMe that are supported are not even consumer grade. That being said, Intel more or less forces you to buy their NVMe. Not only is that a shame, but it's overpriced and not even close to the best on the market. The entire x299 platform is kind of a really confusing joke. Intel has released all of this amazing new technology, and makes it nearly impossible to obtain without spending an absolute fortune. Not only that, but it's confusing beyond belief.
I really hope Intel changes their mind about how they decide to proceed with all of this new technology for gamer/enthusiast level consumers.