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Windows 7: Show us your SSD performance

25 Jan 2010   #111
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nice performance. I still wonder how that -1% CPU usage comes about. Several samples show that.


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25 Jan 2010   #112
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Nice performance. I still wonder how that -1% CPU usage comes about. Several samples show that.
I have looked around the net a bit. It's showing up everywhere. I am going to watch the task manager next time I do a test. It's not real great for SSDs to do HDTune tests over and over. It writes to them.......what I'm trying to avoid.
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25 Jan 2010   #113
lightningltd

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I wonder why my SSD numbers are so much better in safe mode than normal mode in Windows 7.... Still trying to analyze what different is running that would account for the differences. Something is definately odd, or is it supposed to be this way? Any ideas?
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25 Jan 2010   #114
dmex

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lightningltd View Post
I wonder why my SSD numbers are so much better in safe mode than normal mode in Windows 7.... Still trying to analyze what different is running that would account for the differences. Something is definately odd, or is it supposed to be this way? Any ideas?
SafeMode uses default drivers
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26 Jan 2010   #115
lightningltd

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmex View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lightningltd View Post
I wonder why my SSD numbers are so much better in safe mode than normal mode in Windows 7.... Still trying to analyze what different is running that would account for the differences. Something is definately odd, or is it supposed to be this way? Any ideas?
SafeMode uses default drivers
Uses the same drivers on my machine... I checked...
I finally ran procmon while HDTune was running... It is all the little things that run (like services, etc) that sive the apparent differences. Perhaps we should do our bench-marking in safe mode to keep everyone even as far as the OS goes?

And yes, I run with minimal services for what I do... BUT I like the Windows 7 look, so will put up with slower benchmark but faster 'feel'.

As far as the -1 processor usage goes, it looks like HDTune sends the ATA command to read and lets the controller do the work so HDTune is not consuming any real measurable processor time. I think the author needed to add an if statement... If <0 then 0.
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26 Jan 2010   #116
theronin

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

This is where I'm at currently with my 60GB Vertex upgraded firmware w/ TRIM ...



On an AMD 785G chipset (SB710) with a 9950 BE OC'ed ...

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08 Feb 2010   #117
mfx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I was reading yesterday regarding SSD that the format will not be mainstream until 2012, this is to sort out the life logativity of the units. particularly to in conjunction with constant programs that perform short read/write sequences. I may be wrong, but is it not really the case that SSD is really more use at the moment for data storage rather than using as OS HD or projects that require constant read/write like audio (DAWS) and rendering?

Just a thought of what I read
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09 Feb 2010   #118
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

2012 is the year "they" say SSDs will become price competitive (or not price prohibitive) You can pretty much do anything with an SSD now you would like. They're just expensive.

There are some problems, but new controllers are coming out every few months to combat the problems. They are ready for prime time now.....just have to spend a lot of money.
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09 Feb 2010   #119
Gildor

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mfx View Post
I was reading yesterday regarding SSD that the format will not be mainstream until 2012, this is to sort out the life logativity of the units. particularly to in conjunction with constant programs that perform short read/write sequences. I may be wrong, but is it not really the case that SSD is really more use at the moment for data storage rather than using as OS HD or projects that require constant read/write like audio (DAWS) and rendering?

Just a thought of what I read
SSD's are easily on par with spindle based hard drives in terms of being ready to host the OS. They are now at least as reliable as mechanical hard drives. There are a few things you need to pay attention to when using them, although its getting to the point where it's on par with spindle drives, which have their own set of maintenance issues. As nate says, the only real barrier now is price. Its definitely in the luxury/enthusiast class of computer hardware right now. Hopefully this will change in the next year or two.

You have to be careful when reading articles on SSD's. The technology is in a period of rapid change right now. In many cases, what was true just six month ago, is no longer applicable today.
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09 Feb 2010   #120
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah and even among all the currently selling SSDs the technology ranges widly. Some are current and robust and there are still others for sale that have all the same old problems.

Definately an area to research before buying.

The Intel drives and the OCZ Vertex drives seem top notch (I have an Intel one). There may be others that have caught up as well, But definately research and seek out the good reivew sites for reviews of any particular model before buying.
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