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Windows 7: Show us your SSD performance

31 Aug 2010   #721
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Ok so I have a new motherboard being delivered tomorrow as the current one is very cheap.

I know how to enable AHCI in windows now.

Apart from that , where is the best place to plug the SSD on the new mobo?

And I keep hearing about RAID , is this something I need to know about that will benefit the SSD?

Heres the ports on the new mobo -

5 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
JMicron® JMB361 SATA & PATA controllers:
1 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 x External SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
Silicon Image Sil5723 (Drive Xpert technology):
2 x SATA 3Gb/s ports

Thanks for the help guys

Paul.
I have seen some issues resulting from the OS HDD/SSD not being plugged into SATA 3 Gb/s port0, the first port.
It use to make a difference but, with newer motherboards it shouldn't matter.
I still use port0 for my OS SSD.

Use the standard motherboard controller, not the JMicron.

Agree with whs RAID is a lot of work for what you get. One SSD should be fast enough, two SSDs are more expensive for the noticeable performance.
It depends on what your doing. Normal usage I would go with one.

Before you install Win7, change your BIOS setting to AHCI. Then you won't have to do it afterwards.


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31 Aug 2010   #722
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

+1. A single SSD is all you really need as it is the access time which is important and more doesn't equal quicker access.
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31 Aug 2010   #723
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Agree that Single SSD is almost always the best route to go. RAID really bumps those benchmarks of raw throughput...but unless you are using your SSD drives for storage then it's kinda a moot point. It's the microsecond access times that are the key factor as said above and that is why running an SSD is such a great performance gain when you upgrade to one.
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31 Aug 2010   #724
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok thanks for all the replies to that one guys , appreciate it
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31 Aug 2010   #725
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

As far as RAID 0 goes, with software RAID you will get diminishing returns after more than 3 drives are added to the array. With 4 drives you need a PCI-e RAID controller to get better numbers.

I've seen the tests and real world performance does get better as you add more drives. The PC mark Vantage results prove this beyond any shadow of a doubt. The downside is that with each added drive you increase the risk of data loss. Not to mention that trim won't work if you are using RAID.
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01 Sep 2010   #726
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Well , new motherboard installed and AHCI enabled.

It has definatly made a difference check out the before and after shots below.

And also the WEI score has gone from 7.3 to 7.5

Sadly I have a new problem now though. Before I had the cpu clocked to 3.1ghz , totally stable ran for months like this.
With the new mobo I cannot seem to overclock it past 2.6ghz and even then its causing the pc to power down randomly which is not good so its back to stock for now.


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01 Sep 2010   #727
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
...Sadly I have a new problem now though. Before I had the cpu clocked to 3.1ghz , totally stable ran for months like this.
With the new mobo I cannot seem to overclock it past 2.6ghz and even then its causing the pc to power down randomly which is not good so its back to stock for now.
Tried any voltage tweaks?
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01 Sep 2010   #728
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This before and after comparison of post 726 is really interesting. It looks like there was an improvement with AHCI - but for real life nothing has really changed. Let me explain: Since I assume that this is the OS disk, there are 2 things that count for the speed:

a) Access time
b) 4K reads

However, as you can see, with or without AHCI you get the same numbers. And that is why people are not really seeing a difference in real life.
It may be interesting to get all excited about the other numbers - and if that were a data disk it may have an impact - but for an OS disk all the other numbers are really irrelevant.
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01 Sep 2010   #729
wakeboardr116

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Whats the difference between 4K and 4k-64Thrd? Cause it looks like the 4K-64Thrd reads went up quite a bit.
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01 Sep 2010   #730
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Yeah I was wandering that wakeboardr116.

Looks like they went up 4 fold!
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