MSI releases new BIOS updates for its mainstream Intel Z370 motherboards and the high-end desktop platform Intel X299 motherboards to support CPU-attached RAID. CPU-attached RAID offers significant performance improvements over the PCH RAID counterpart as seen on the CrystalDiskMark benchmark results below:
MSI has also created the M.2 Genie, an easy-to-use feature that makes RAID 0 setup with M.2 drives a lot easier and faster with fewer steps. With the MSI M.2 Genie, users can set up the CPU-attached RAID configuration in a jiffy to enjoy faster speeds. To enable CPU-Attached RAID, check the BIOS version of your MSI motherboard and update it to the latest versions that’s been recently released. See the list of the supporting motherboard models below and the corresponding BIOS version required to enable CPU-Attached RAID.
MSI Z370 Motherboard Series
MSI X299 Motherboard Series
Users can manually download the latest BIOS and use the M-Flash utility to update the motherboard’s BIOS. The latest BIOS version can be downloaded from the support section of the motherboard model’s product page at msi.com
CPU-Attached RAID Support
The updated BIOS for the MSI Z370 and X299 motherboards only support Intel solid-state drives for CPU-Attached RAID.