GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF - upgrade RAM and SSD

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  1. cranker2k

    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?
     
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    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?
     
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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?
     
  4. 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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  5. cranker2k

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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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    I want to add another m.2 drive but not sure which to buy. I know they come in different physical sizes. any help on this?
     
  7. cranker2k

    cranker2k Notebook Enthusiast

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    I bought the newly released Samsung EVO 970 and installed it in my GS65 perfectly. It's 80mm in length, which I think it's pretty standard now in desktops and notebooks.

    You can go into one of the SSD products in this link and expand the spec section of the product page to see their dimensions (~80mm): https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/solid-state-drives
     
  8. Kevin@GenTechPC

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    How's the performance on the SSD? Have you benchmarked it using CrystalDiskMark?
     
  9. cranker2k

    cranker2k Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here's the benchmark for Samsung EVO 970 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD for boot drive (cloned using Samsung Magician) and loaded with some apps and 200GB worth of games to arrive at approx 40% full.

    upload_2018-5-13_11-17-44.png

    I noticed some performance gain from the stock non-NVMe 512GB SSD (Best Buy 037 model), but not really that much for game loading.
     
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    That's pretty awesome.... love it. :)
     
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