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Windows 7: Show us your SSD performance

09 Feb 2010   #121
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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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.
Just to clarify...ANY Indilinx controlled drive is acceptable. There are 10-20 companies that put these together. They may use different NAND or other parts, but if they have an Indilinx controller, you're good to go (if you're willing to update firmware and make sure you're running TRIM with the correct drivers)

Intel is the standard NOW but from what I hear...SandForce is the next controller that will be acceptable or better.

So, If you buy, make sure you get an Intel, or any drive controlled by Indilinx or SandForce. (any JMicron drive IS NOT acceptable) Here is one of the best lists I have found. Most of it is right on. You can see how the different models have different controllers.

SSD "which controller?" list - Overclockers Australia Forums


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09 Feb 2010   #122
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I draw your attention to this deal at Newegg right now. It is an 80GB Intel which comes with adaptor kit and migration program on a USB stick as well as an enclosure so that you can use your old HDD as an external drive. The whole package for $190. I just ordered another one because I already have the same where I installed Win7 and a data partition (40GB each). It works extremely well and the new unit will go into one of my laptops.

PS: It should be said though, that this is a G1 unit without Trim. I did not find that to be a particular problem though. I have an OCZ Vertex with Trim and that is not any faster (just gut feel, not measured). Further down on this page, you can find some HD Tune performance data.
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09 Feb 2010   #123
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

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09 Feb 2010   #124
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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That's another Intel, I believe.
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09 Feb 2010   #125
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

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That's another Intel, I believe.
Sure is
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09 Feb 2010   #126
Gildor

 
 

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PS: It should be said though, that this is a G1 unit without Trim. I did not find that to be a particular problem though. I have an OCZ Vertex with Trim and that is not any faster (just gut feel, not measured). Further down on this page, you can find some HD Tune performance data.
The problem is not that the G1 drives are slower out of the box (you are correct, they are not), but that they degrade in performance faster and farther than the TRIM-enabled drives as time goes on. That is the real advantage that TRIM gives you. It keeps the performance up for a much, much longer period of time. Of course, even with this degradation, even G1 drives still eat mechanical drives for breakfast in terms of performance.
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09 Feb 2010   #127
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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PS: It should be said though, that this is a G1 unit without Trim. I did not find that to be a particular problem though. I have an OCZ Vertex with Trim and that is not any faster (just gut feel, not measured). Further down on this page, you can find some HD Tune performance data.
The problem is not that the G1 drives are slower out of the box (you are correct, they are not), but that they degrade in performance faster and farther than the TRIM-enabled drives as time goes on. That is the real advantage that TRIM gives you. It keeps the performance up for a much, much longer period of time. Of course, even with this degradation, even G1 drives still eat mechanical drives for breakfast in terms of performance.

That is a correct observation. The way to combat this effect is to image your disk and wipe it. Then you pull the image back in and you are quasi new. But I am still scouting for the Intel wiper. I found one for OCZ, but I am not sure whether that would work on an Intel. Have to ask the boys on the Intel forum.
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09 Feb 2010   #128
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I enabled AHCI on my board and only gained a slight increase in performance however it slowed boot time right down so I went back to IDE mode. (see attached)


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09 Feb 2010   #129
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

How come your access time is so high. It is usually 0.1ms - which means it is probably in the nano range. I have a USB stick that does about that.
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09 Feb 2010   #130
Gildor

 
 

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PS: It should be said though, that this is a G1 unit without Trim. I did not find that to be a particular problem though. I have an OCZ Vertex with Trim and that is not any faster (just gut feel, not measured). Further down on this page, you can find some HD Tune performance data.
The problem is not that the G1 drives are slower out of the box (you are correct, they are not), but that they degrade in performance faster and farther than the TRIM-enabled drives as time goes on. That is the real advantage that TRIM gives you. It keeps the performance up for a much, much longer period of time. Of course, even with this degradation, even G1 drives still eat mechanical drives for breakfast in terms of performance.

That is a correct observation. The way to combat this effect is to image your disk and wipe it. Then you pull the image back in and you are quasi new. But I am still scouting for the Intel wiper. I found one for OCZ, but I am not sure whether that would work on an Intel. Have to ask the boys on the Intel forum.
Certainly, you are correct that a wiper utility will perform the same function as TRIM. The difference is that TRIM is automatic (when enabled properly) and the wiper programs are manual. When I was researching SSD's, I decided early on I did not want Yet Another manual maintenance task to perform, so I opted for the G2, which is TRIM-enabled.
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