Intel Rapid Storage Technology version 126.96.36.1994
Intel Matrix Storage Manager and Drivers were renamed to Intel Rapid Storage Technology. If you have a Intel RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) array, you will want to download this software for better control over your drives and hardware support.
The latest version was released on March 23, 2010 and is marked as version 188.8.131.524.
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology software now comes with the Intel Control Center, which allows you to manage all new Intel Corporation software from an easy to use console
If you do not know what RAID is, or do not have a RAID configuration, you will not need this software. If you have an AMD processor with a nForce motherboard, you will not need this software.
RAID is used for pairing multiple hard drives for either performance or data-loss prevention purposes. Intel regularly releases updates for the RAID controllers built into their motherboards: mainboards that make use of an Intel chipset and are powered by an Intel processor.
Intel Rapid Storage allows you to verify the health of your RAID configuration, byte by byte, from within the OS. It also gives you a quick way of enable the write-back cache, which can improve performance as the expense of some reliability. It also installs proprietary Intel drivers to improve hard drive readiness. The interface of the software is very intuitive now, compared to earlier versions, and easier to use.
I am hoping someone can clearup some confusion I have. Reading the release notes for the RST states the RST is for "RAID Controllers: - Intel(R) ICH8M-E/ICH9M-E/5 Series SATA RAID Controller" but looking at the Intel Matrix Storage Manager it states my controller is Intel(R) ICH8M-E/ICH9M-E/PCHM SATA RAID. Are they the same thing?
I am running Win7 on a modern laptop with 2 x 160gb X25 M G2 SSD's.
It should be interesting to note that the latest version contains the ability to disable link-state power management on the connected drives, which would normally stop the drives if they are not part of the system volume after prolonged inactivity.
The write-back cache policy also has definable settings such as: Read-only, Write-through, and Write Back (presumably if Write Back cache is turned off).
Intel has released Version 184.108.40.2063 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for the use of RAID or AHCI on Intel chipset-based motherboards.
Windows 10 version drivers are out there and are version: 220.127.116.111 although it seems one cannot download these from the main Intel site. The most likely place you'll find them is on your motherboard/laptop support page for drivers.
Intel has released Version 18.104.22.1681 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for the use of RAID or AHCI on Intel chipset-based motherboards. These are the Windows 10 versions I spoke about above (They are also for win 7,8,8.1 etc):