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Windows 7: SSD - Observations

25 Jun 2012   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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but I ran AVG
AVG is pretty useless. Holding a piece of Salami in front of the PC has about the same effect. Try SAS.
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The WD took 64 seconds, the SSD 46 seconds
46 seconds is too much. Something is wrong. From where did you get the number - Event Viewer, event 100?


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25 Jun 2012   #22
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
AVG is pretty useless. Holding a piece of Salami in front of the PC has about the same effect.
True, but it is far more delicious!
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25 Jun 2012   #23
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I think when we say SSD's offer great bang for the buck, we mean that if you put $100 into an SSD, or $100 into a higher end CPU, or $100 into a higher end video card, or $100 into more RAM...chances are the $100 spent on the SDD will make more or a difference.
That's a good general rule. Works with where I am now. But I built my last 2 boxes purely because of graphics. NOLF1 needed AGP - new box. Upgraded the AGP twice until it was tops. Saboteur came along - new box with PCI-e graphics.
SSD wouldn't have done anything for me. So, it depends on where you are and where you're going.
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25 Jun 2012   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Victor, Although I am a hard core SSD fan, I have to admit that for your case, you made the right choices.
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25 Jun 2012   #25
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
46 seconds is too much. Something is wrong. From where did you get the number - Event Viewer, event 100?
AVG logs the scan. I haven't run any benchmarker against the SSD. WEI says 7.8, it's aligned, and the Win parms are all right. No idea how much of the scan is I/O and how much is CPU, just that I used identical folders as stated.
I've been using the free AVG and Zone Alarm for years.
Think I've only caught one virus. Might have had an old virus DB because I keep auto-updates off. I simply restored an image - one of the main reasons I take images.
But I'll try SAS and check it's footprint.
I basically laugh at the virus threat because of my imaging method, but I won't be naked to it. Some are pretty nasty - the one that creates a hidden partition comes to mind.
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25 Jun 2012   #26
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Victor, Although I am a hard core SSD fan, I have to admit that for your case, you made the right choices.
I think I'm an SSD fan too, maybe not hard-core, but certainly a fan.
And I never meant to knock them, just point out my "perceptions" given my own circumstances.
As I said, I'll always use one as my system drive from now on just for the boot and imaging speed increases.
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04 Jul 2012   #27
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I installed a game, Stalker Clear Sky - on my SSD. The game has a bug for me that requires lots of save game reloads. The reloads took so long that I wondered how I ever tolerated it when I played it a couple years ago on a spinner.
Not that it was slow on the SSD, just wasn't very fast - about 10 seconds.
Trying to resolve the game bug, I reloaded a system image, and reinstalled the game on a spinner.
No apparent difference with game load times on the spinner. Might be something about that particular game.
The save games are only 1.5mb. It's obviously doing a lot of memory housekeeping. So an SSD won't necessarily load save games and get you back in the action noticeably faster than a good spinner.
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04 Jul 2012   #28
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victor S View Post
I installed a game, Stalker Clear Sky - on my SSD. The game has a bug for me that requires lots of save game reloads. The reloads took so long that I wondered how I ever tolerated it when I played it a couple years ago on a spinner.
Not that it was slow on the SSD, just wasn't very fast - about 10 seconds.
Trying to resolve the game bug, I reloaded a system image, and reinstalled the game on a spinner.
No apparent difference with game load times on the spinner. Might be something about that particular game.
The save games are only 1.5mb. It's obviously doing a lot of memory housekeeping. So an SSD won't necessarily load save games and get you back in the action noticeably faster than a good spinner.
That just proves the game is slow loading that even an SSD cannot correct entirely.

It is the nature of the programming for that game.
You can't blame that on the SSD.
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