Hi, This is my 6th or 7th build and I have switched to the gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 board and having all sorts of issues trying to just get to the start point.This is a new build, all new items:NZXT 410 caseGA-Z170X-Gaming 7Intel i5 6600k with good cooler2 x Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD's (NVME) (trying to install RAID 0, but cant get that far- see below). One installed in each of the M.2 slots. No other SSD's or HDs installed.2 x 8 GIG of Corsair RAM2 x XFX ATI 6950 GPUs (not installed yet).WIN7 (trying to get to the point to install it)BIOS ver F4So I have assembled the entire system (without the GPU's since the MOBO has on board graphics). After a few issues trying to get a picture on the monitor managed to get to the BIOS. The Bios recognizes my CPU chip and my RAM with no issues.When I go to the Peripherals tab, there is NO drive under the SATA configuration area. Currently on AHCI mode (but have tried RAID also).Under the NVMe configuration area there is also NO drive shown.Under the BIOS feature tab under Storage boot option control and other PCI device I have set as legacy only (not UEFI).I CAN see one of the two SSD's under the Save and exit tab area under the "Boot Override" area. Also under the BIOS Features tab I can also see one of the two SSD's under the "BOOT options priorities" area.Now, since this motherboard CANT read USB drives, I tried booting via a CDROM drive. Got Win7 to do the pre-install portion right up to the choose the drive to install on. Win7 isntaller wont recognize either SSD. So cant install Win7 that way.Created a USB boot disk, tried that way. Wont recognize the USB drive. Created USB boot disk from gigabyte utility tool and now Win7 installer works from USB drive, but still wont show the M.2 SSD's. Tried opening all the updated drivers from gigabyte website:- ntel SATA Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode) 220.127.116.119Still wont recognize the drivesTaken the 2 SSD's out, tried one, then tried the other. Same results, MOBO BIOS see's only one at a time either way. No go in Win7 installer.At my limit for this MOBO. I have submitted 2 separate tickets to Gigabyte and both ignored with no reply, just listed as new tickets after days.Appreciate any insights here.Thanks
Hi,Have you actually tried to create the RAID array? If not, give it a go and see if both M.2 cards are visible at that stage.If you have tried setting up the RAID Array and had no luck then it might be worthwhile updating the BIOS to the F5 or the F6j beta version to see if that helps.
Also how does one update bios if you cant install the OS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Based on the experience of others (I don't have a Z170 board), m.2 NvME disks require UEFI boot and iRST drivers for proper device detection during windows setup. **If you are running RAID, the controller operate mode should be set in BIOS as well with set up of the RAID set under the Peripherals Tab. If you don't boot you windows setup (USB or DVD) from a "UEFI:prefixed device" and then supply controller drivers prior to selecting your install destination, your m.2 NvME device will not be properly detected. This is what we keep hearing from those installing to this hardware on Z170 based boards. Afraid all of my experience with this is based on the feedback from others here, as I haven't moved off my Z97 as yet.