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Windows 7: Show us your SSD performance 2

16 Feb 2013   #1041
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 
Gave Fancy Cache a Go!



When I first heard of Fancy Cache here on the Win 7 Forums I downloaded it and set it the same day on my Win 7 desktop and I then used Crystal Disk Mark x64 to fine tune the settings. As you can see from the screenshots above there was an amazing improvement in the computer's Intel 320 120 GB SSD after setting up Fancy Cache.

I ran a number of tests to see what impact Fancy Cache was having on the performance of my computer and the one and only improvement I found was that my graphics program opened up in 3 seconds which was twice as fast as it used to.

After about 6 hours of running Fancy Cache all of the drives suddenly disappeared in explorer and while I was trying to figure out how to rectify the problem the computer blue screened! Since this very stable Win 7 OS has never blue screened since I installed it in July of 2010 I attributed the problem to the most recently installed software and I felt it was best to part with the amazingly fast benchtests that Fancy Cache renders.





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16 Feb 2013   #1042
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Maxxwire if you'd like to try again, this is how I have been running it for several day now with no issues.

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16 Feb 2013   #1043
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

The question begs to be asked. Does it just inflate the benchmark, or are there actual speed improvements in actual use. And more importantly, are such huge improvements actually felt?

A Guy
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16 Feb 2013   #1044
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
The question begs to be asked. Does it just inflate the benchmark, or are there actual speed improvements in actual use. And more importantly, are such huge improvements actually felt?

A Guy
Bill, that is a very good question. I was just about to ask the same. Maybe Gary can enlighten us.
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17 Feb 2013   #1045
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

There is a noticeable performance increase with Photoshop opening and rendering speed and with how long CCleaner takes to run. Word opens in less than a second.

Overall though the performance increase doesn't relate to the benchmarks increase. For example my 4K numbers are more than 10X normal with caching enabled, but the machine is not 10X faster. My reboots are still in the 60+second range. Due to Fancy Cache is dormant until w7 starts I think.
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17 Feb 2013   #1046
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

So bottom line - it's not really worth it except for some select applications. I wonder what it would do for video encoding, because I do that a lot and that is always tedious - even with the i7, 8GB of RAM and the SSD.
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17 Feb 2013   #1047
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
So bottom line - it's not really worth it except for some select applications. I wonder what it would do for video encoding, because I do that a lot and that is always tedious - even with the i7, 8GB of RAM and the SSD.
That is a test I would love to see. I might even just try it out.
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17 Feb 2013   #1048
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
So bottom line - it's not really worth it except for some select applications. I wonder what it would do for video encoding, because I do that a lot and that is always tedious - even with the i7, 8GB of RAM and the SSD.
Good question wolfgang, I haven't tried it. If encoding is changing from, say, .mkv to mp4, I can give it a try with Handbrake, tomorrow maybe.
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17 Feb 2013   #1049
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

A program can speed up your SSD
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17 Feb 2013   #1050
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

It would have surprised me if the performance increase matched the benchmarks increase, which seem incredible. It's likely the program has some effect, but is specifically written to do well on benchmarks? Do you think the performance increase is worth it? And are there any drawbacks? Perhaps increased writes, or shortening the life of the SSD somehow? My system is fast enough for me, but if this worked as it seemed, I'd be surprised if it wouldn't be written about everywhere. A Guy
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