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Windows 7: Show us your hard drive performance

21 Aug 2009   #301
lie01234

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Here is my first gen ssd from G.Skill 64GB
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21 Aug 2009   #302
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ciphernemo View Post
I tweaked my drive layout and settings and am finally getting good results on my Windows 7 RC-1 system.
  • EVGA X58 A1 motherboard w/ Intel ICH10R controller
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  • (2x) OCZ Vertex 30GB SSDs in RAID 0 (60GB vol.)
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  • Latest Intel ICH10R drivers as of this post
  • OCZ 1.30 Firmware updated on each Vertex SSD (no jumper used)
  • SSD Write caching policy enabled in device manager
  • 64KB Stripe size
  • No write-cache buffer flushing
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  • Intel Matrix software installed
  • Write Back Cache enabled through Intel Matrix Storage Console
  • No TRIM used
I originally tried these drives in RAID 0 on the JMicron RAID built-in controller and ports, but read times were not nearly as good with the Intel ICH10R controller when write back cache (WBC) is enabled. Interestingly enough, the JMicron controller was faster than the Intel RAID controller without WBC. But with the caching, the Intel controller truly shines. And it's real-world usage noticable too!

I used HD Tune to test everything (the Pro trial version) in order to do a write test as well. The write test was done without Intel Matrix software, and without WBC, but with the firmware and Intel ICH10R updated drivers. Many report that the sweet spot on these is three drives in RAID 0, but I am quite happy with two for now.
I have a similar setup on an ICH9R Dell. 2x30GB OCZ Vertex FW1.3 RAID0, 128KB strip, W7 x64 RTM. I was getting disappointed with my RAID0 benchmarks being not much better than single Vertex benchmarks until I saw your post and installed Matrix Storage Manager and enabled Write-Back Cache. Now things are better; fairly comparable to yours except burst speed. I wonder if that has anything to do with your 64KB vs. my 128KB strip size.....

Before enabling Write-Back Cache...
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After enabling Write-Back Cache...
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These have had no idle time for Garbage Collector to run. I'm going to let it idle for a few hours so Garbage Collector can do its magic and run the tests again.


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21 Aug 2009   #303
M YANCEY

WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE X64
 
 

It seems to work faster if you log off and let it idle. I have tested strip size and 128kb works the best 64kb works the drive a lot but it tested faster on small files.
In raid it is not a lot you can do since you cannot run wipers.
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21 Aug 2009   #304
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zrtom View Post
I wonder if that has anything to do with your 64KB vs. my 128KB strip size.....
I run 128KB strip size for my two current RAID arrays (4x SSD and 2x HDD). When I was running 2x SSD a while ago I used 64KB strip size to reduce wasted space. Now I don't need to worry about that.
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21 Aug 2009   #305
DRUNKEL

win rc7
 
 
Here are my scores for my 4-ssd drives in raid 0

these are my hard drive scores running windows 7.they are only slightly higher than when i was running vista.
i WAS RUNNING TWO RAPTOR DRIVES IN RAID 0 BEFORE I BOUGH THE SSD DRIVES AND I WILL NEVER GO TO ANY HARD DRIVE AGAIN OTHER THAN SSD DRIVES.
ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT TALK BAD ABOUT SSD DRIVES DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.
i HAVE THREE COMPUTERS I USE AND ALL HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO SSD DRIVES.EVEN MY DELL LAPTOP I RUNNING SSD DRIVES AND THEY WORK GREAT AND HAVE NEVER HAD ANY TROUBLE FROM ANY OF THEM.


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21 Aug 2009   #306
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DRUNKEL View Post
ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT TALK BAD ABOUT SSD DRIVES DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.
Not everybody uses or abuses their computer in the same way. There are plenty of limitations and issues with SSD drives...especially the earlier models. While the problems may not directly impact you based on how you use your computer, that doesn't mean that they don't exist.

Here is a great read to get you up to speed on what some of these issues are. I warn you, it's a long read, but very informative.
AnandTech: The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ

And here is a follow up post from today on these forums, linking to another article which is testing some of the newest drives on the market;
Solid State Drive Comparison - Round 2




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22 Aug 2009   #307
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

As pparks mentioned and linked, there are plenty of limitations to SSDs.

And please, try to post without the CAPS!. <grrr>
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22 Aug 2009   #308
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ciphernemo View Post
And please, try to post without the CAPS!. <grrr>
But the caps and bold allowed us to know that he was very serious and should be taken as an authoritative source. . I read that post and was like...WTF is up with the bold caps?????
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22 Aug 2009   #309
M YANCEY

WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE X64
 
 

ciphernemo don't you get better performance when you change strip size from 64 KB to 128KB? I have tired both and for me 128 KB works the best.
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22 Aug 2009   #310
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Not everybody uses or abuses their computer in the same way. There are plenty of limitations and issues with SSD drives...especially the earlier models. While the problems may not directly impact you based on how you use your computer, that doesn't mean that they don't exist.

Here is a great read to get you up to speed on what some of these issues are. I warn you, it's a long read, but very informative.
AnandTech: The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ

And here is a follow up post from today on these forums, linking to another article which is testing some of the newest drives on the market;
Solid State Drive Comparison - Round 2
That first article came along right about in the middle of my SSD research project; I tried a Vertex, liked it and now I run them on my desktop as well as M1330 lappys and Mini 10v netbook.

I've started at FW1275 on most of them and have tried FW1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.41B and 1.42B. 1.42B was just pulled from contention as final due to problems that popped up so I've dropped back to FW1.3 for now. 1.3 has Garbage Collection, although it takes longer than the later beta firmwares; and wiper works slower than death on x64 W7 installations (I run it from a bootable VistaPE flash drive). So far I've been able to "hard" flash back to FW1.1 and then "soft" flash up to where I was going without bricking any drives; it's only a matter of time, though, if I keep that up...

This latest Round 2 Article continues to be encouraging for those of us that jumped on the Vertex crazy train....
Tom
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