GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF - upgrade RAM and SSD

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  1. Kevin@GenTechPC

    Kevin@GenTechPC Company Representative

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    Clean-install is pretty awesome, fresh, clean, and adware-free. :)
     
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    Spot on. I would always recommend the PCIe, granted there are no budget limitations. For something that will impact your experience with the machine daily, always would recommend the better performing components.
     
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    See also http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/nvme-vs-sata-ssds-for-gamers.802045/
     
  4. Paloseco

    Paloseco Notebook Evangelist

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    The hard drive speed is more or less important depending on how the games caches data from it. If every move requires to load assets of course you will want the fastest, however if the game is loaded to the RAM in big chunks or even the entire map with the characters and objects at once, you will not notice any difference.

    As an example, I've tried running Overwatch from a USB 3.0 external thoshiba spinning drive, and those are the results: starting the game takes a lot more time, however, once the battle is started you don't notice any difference, you get smoothly the 120 FPS or whatever. On character selection it loads the assets in the background, so I personally notice the gameplay smooth as running it from the SATA SSD.
     
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    Confirmed, gameplay itself is unaffected, and unless you're trying to lock a particular hero before anyone else the difference in drives is almost moot.
     
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    cranker2k Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi guys, I want to RAID two 1TB NVMe SSDs for my GS65 (not 068). The BIOS does not have RAID option under Advanced -> SATA selection. Only AHCI and the Optane.

    Intel Rapid Storage Technology requires enabling in BIOS first.

    Anyone knows how to enable it? Need a different version of the BIOS?
     
  7. skman

    skman Notebook Geek

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    I just replied in the other thread. Perhaps it won't allow you to make the bios the selection without a second SSD available?
     
  8. cranker2k

    cranker2k Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the thinking options for me! I gave that a thought when I looked at the BIOS' SATA options but didn't really take that seriously. But it might.

    Before I break the factory seal, perhaps I can get one of the MSI resellers who customize RAID to comment?

    Anyone from XoticPC, HIDevolution, or GentechPC can comment on RAID option showing with added second disk for none-RAID (068) models?
     
  9. Kevin@GenTechPC

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    Only PCIe RAID is supported.

    BIOS> Advanced > SATA Mode: Change AHCI to Intel Rapid Storage
    Please note that the secondary slot is only for NVMe PCIe, but no SATA support.
     
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    Thanks! So I was confused at the second SATA mode option being for Optane, but it did say RST Premium. After choosing that and reboot back into BIOS, I now see The IRST menu option!
     
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