As for the iRST drivers, if i'm not using the technology to cache on the ssd do I need to update them still? As in do the get used or implemented?
Yes, Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology) are the AHCI/RAID drivers.
Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology) is the software used to cache a SSD to a HDD with an Operating System installed on it. You won't need to use SRT in your situation.