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Windows 7: Show us your SSD performance

26 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Show us your SSD performance

I'm interested to see what others are getting out of their SSD or SSDs in RAID. It's cool to look through the "Show us your hard drive performance" thread but here's a place for just SSD performance. I have a 128GB Patriot Torqx. (F/W v1881) Please post your benchmarks.

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Edit: I now have 2 Patriot Torqx drives (Indilinx controlled) and am running v1881 F/W and LOVE them both like my own kids. haha They are great drives but there are better ones out there and even better ones coming out soon. Thanks to whoever made this a "sticky" It's a good thread.




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26 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

damn... gimme that
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26 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

While I understand that SSD's are great with read speeds and almost non-existent access times.....there is no denying that their write speeds are staggeringly bad.

So, my question for the SSD's users out here is what you really think overall about the SSD drive? I'm not talking about a screenshot of a benchmark, or a timed reboot of your machine...but rather what is performance like installing the OS, installing some software, installing some games, etc.
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26 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have not done anything with games but I LOVE mine. I would have a hard time going back now. The write times on this drive are fine. Programs open VERY fast including every Windows related program in the OS itself.

I would like this thread to turn into somewhere for benchmarks and discussion about SSDs. I have found the manufacturer sites to be not quite up to par with Sevenforums standards.

I know some of you have SSDs....post some numbers and what you think of yours.
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27 Jul 2009   #5

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

you can improve write speeds by moving the Windows swapfile to a separate HDD, away from the OS

- mine's an SSD/HDD hybrid rig, with a 32-bit Windows 7 OS installed on the SSD
- I put the swapfile on the HDD, set at 5500MB min/max

- works a treat and frees up SSD space, too..
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27 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
While I understand that SSD's are great with read speeds and almost non-existent access times.....there is no denying that their write speeds are staggeringly bad.

So, my question for the SSD's users out here is what you really think overall about the SSD drive? I'm not talking about a screenshot of a benchmark, or a timed reboot of your machine...but rather what is performance like installing the OS, installing some software, installing some games, etc.
Staggeringly bad wrandom write speeds in real life use plauge a lot of SSDs it's true, but Intel and OCZ have seen the light and they both post random write speeds as good as a single high perfoamance hard drives at the cost of a slight reduction in "overall" write speeds in benchmarks.

Many drives when brand new post great sequential write speeds out of the gate and that's what the manufacturers tout and most people never look further from, but then fail to almost useless when they start to fill up or use random write block sizes. Not so with the latest offerings with latest firmware from Intel and OCZ.

Intel and OCZ had rough starts with this but have clered up dramatically in the last few months. I finally was willing to actually buy an SSD for myself after months of seeing them fail miserably when put to real use.

Toms and Anandtech have some pretty in depth articles on the subject.

[Edit]
I got the 160 gig X-25M, not really benchmarked it yet but in a test install of 7100 I got a WEI score of 7.6 for the drive The harddrive is no longer by far the slowest thing in my mahcine but is now by far the fastest.
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27 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The new generation controllers by Samsung and Indilinx are still "up in the air" on this subject. I have an Indilinx in mine and it seems to be fine. I guess we'll see what happens but this write speed issue is changing I believe.
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27 Jul 2009   #8

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

This is a really good article for starters. It's long but really worth reading (as well as the follow-ups).
AnandTech: The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ
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27 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That IS a good article. I hope once Windows 7 comes out in full force we can get a sticky for a thread like this so we can see what users are experiencing with SSDs and Windows 7.

I am about ready to start a website as a repository for info about using them with Windows. How to configure, etc.....
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27 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Intel and OCZ have seen the light and they both post random write speeds as good as a single high perfoamance hard drives at the cost of a slight reduction in "overall" write speeds in benchmarks.
Well, this is good to know. I might investigate a little further and do some more reading on these drives then.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Many drives when brand new post great sequential write speeds out of the gate and that's what the manufacturers tout and most people never look further from, but then fail to almost useless when they start to fill up or use random write block sizes. Not so with the latest offerings with latest firmware from Intel and OCZ.
Yeah, that was the experience that I had heard about. We had an exec in our office with a Mac Book with an SSD drive and while good at the start, become a nightmare once his drive started filling up. In fact, it became so bad that he ordered a new Mac Book Pro and get a standard hard drive in the new one. Of course, we formatted the other machine and gave it to another employee...who was delighted at first...but I'm not sure how they feel at this point.
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