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Windows 7: SATA 3 Performance

20 Jun 2011   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

^ Yeah, I tend to agree.


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21 Jun 2011   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
For me, I real world test by doing a handful of things that I normally would and timing them. For example,
1). From power button press to login screen: in seconds
2). Time to copy a file from 1 folder to another folder on the same drive
3). Time to take a pile of files in a folder and compress them into a zip file
4). Time to take a video file and re-encode it with something like handbrake.
5). Time to rip a DVD onto the hard drive and then encode the video into another format.

Stuff like that generally. If it's faster, great. If it's about the same....then "who cares"?
Without actually timing all of these, I have done the first two, and I can say that it is quite noticeably faster. Even initiating a program like Opera, took about a minute previously, and it is almost instantaneous now.

The difference may be due to other factors, because there is a lot more different to this rig than just the SATA 3 controller. Whatever the reason, I'm not complaining.
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21 Jun 2011   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

As a matter of curiosity, I just encoded the movie The Westerner (1:39:40) with HandBrake, and it finished in ~ 35 minutes. Previously, I would have expected my old rig to have taken perhaps 3 -4 hours to do the job. However, I do not believe that the difference is due primarily to the SATA 3 performance, but more with the new processor. This is the primary reason that I decided to upgrade, because it was taking forever to update my movie library. So, to this extent, I'm quite pleased.
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21 Jun 2011   #14
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Glad you noticed a speed increase. However, the Wd1502faex is a very fast drive and even has a 64Mb cache, so it's shocking to see the low HD Tune numbers you put up. The numbers should be closer to what a lot of us are getting today with our SATA III builds. That's the reason for the skepticism. Something was holding your drive back. Hopefully you didn't have a jumper on the drive, giving you SATA I speed. If you take a look at some of the HD Tune SATA II scores over the internet for that drive, you'll see what we mean.

Still.....glad you're now seeing the speed that you should have previously achieved.
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21 Jun 2011   #15
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

There has never been a jumper on the drive.
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21 Jun 2011   #16
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Three little words for what was likely holding the drive back; Nforce 4 chipset. You even have a quick and easy way to test seeing as your remaining NF4 board is virtually identical to the one you replaced, just connect that drive up and run the test on it there and see what kind of numbers it gets.
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21 Jun 2011   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I understand your comment so far as nForce 4 chipset goes, but as far as I understand, this motherboard uses an AMD chipset, and I haven't read anything relating to NF4, so I don't understand how you consider it identical to my old motherboard, and since I have tested the drive on this motherboard, I'm not sure what test that you mean?
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21 Jun 2011   #18
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not the new board is the same as the new, the board you used to have was the same BF4 chipset as your second computer in your specs.

I assume that flatline result in your first post is the same drive only one the old NF4 computer. If it is put that drive in your other NF4 computer and run the same test on it and see what results you get.
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21 Jun 2011   #19
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I don't need to test it in the HTPC to know that it would get similar results. I don't know that it would flat line, but it would be much lower than it now is.
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21 Jun 2011   #20
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

The most important stat on those benches is the access time and it's better on the SATA II port. Funny results.
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