Intel® Smart Response Technology Has Been Discontinued





Intel® Smart Response Technology is a feature of Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) that enables either a dual drive—lower-cost, small-capacity SSD used in conjunction with a low-cost, high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD)—or a solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) to provide a high-performance, cost-effective storage solution. Intel® SRT will be replaced by Intel® Optane™ memory starting with Intel® RST version 16.x.

Intel will no longer support Intel® Smart Response Technology which was used on legacy platforms for acceleration.

Read the explanation below for more information on this topic.

Q:   Why is Intel discontinuing the Intel® SRT?
Intel® Optane™ memory delivers increased system performance and responsiveness which supersede the end-user benefits of Intel® Smart Response Technology.

Q:   I have Intel® SRT and I’m having an issue with one of the features, will Intel still provide support?
Intel has stopped accepting and evaluating issues related to Intel® SRT.

Q: What is the final Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) version that will support Intel® SRT?
The latest Intel® RST version that supports Intel® SRT is Intel® RST 15.9. There will be no further releases or updates to the product.

Q: I am currently booting from an Intel® SRT volume, can I upgrade to the Intel® RST 16.x or later driver?
Yes, if you are currently booting from an Intel® SRT volume, you can upgrade to an Intel® RST 16.x version driver.

Q: Will I be able to use Intel® SRT full capabilities set with a 16.x driver or later?
No, Intel® SRT feature capabilities are not supported with Intel® RST 16.0 or later driver. Once the Intel® SRT volume is disabled, the user can no longer enable it with an Intel® RST 16.x driver or later.