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Windows 7: Gigabyte QuickBoot + SSD = ?

28 Aug 2011   #1
Synaptic Sam

Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition
Gigabyte QuickBoot + SSD = ?

Gigabyte's QuickBoot provides for bootup times of 5 seconds or less which sounds awesome but before I enable it I'm curious if there is any downside, especially with my OS residing on an SSD (Intel X25-M).

"Smart QuickBoot There is nothing more frustrating than having to wait ages for your PC to boot. That is why GIGABYTE developed their Smart Quickboot tool. Smart Quickboot speeds up the system boot-up process and shortens the waiting time for entering the operating system. It manages to do this in two ways. The first is with a BIOS QuickBoot. Every time you boot up your PC, your BIOS checks your hardware to make sure everything is working properly. This can take some time, as your system checks the memory, hard drives, etc. By enabling Smart QuickBoot, your BIOS will only run through the hardware scan once. If all your hardware checked out ok, the next time you boot, your PC will only scan the very critical components. This allows you to save up to 3-5 seconds on the BIOS boot time alone.

The second component of Smart QuickBoot is OS QuickBoot. This utility allows you to power down your PC into Suspend Mode (S3) and Hibernate Mode (S4) at the same time. Putting your PC into S3 and S4 modes is like putting your PC to sleep, allowing you to maintain your data, while at the same time, saving energy. When you power your PC back on, Smart QuickBoot will resume from Suspend Mode in a matter of a few seconds, allowing you to avoid having to reboot the OS. The great thing about OS QuickBoost is that your data is stored in both the memory with S3 state and is also stored in your hard drive for the even deeper S4 state. This means that even if your PC is unplugged or you lose power, when you next boot up your PC, it will resume from S4 automatically, using the data that was stored in your hard drive.

GIGABYTE Smart 6™ webpage

Two questions:
Is removing hardware scan a dangerous thing?

I've read that it isn't a good idea to use hibernate/suspense with SSDs.

Any other thoughts appreciated. Thanks.

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28 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Hi Sam,

There is a bit of a mixed opinion about some of these Gigabyte "utilities". I too have a Gigabyte motherboard, but steer well clear of QuickBoost, Smart6, CloudOC and the like. An SSD by itself already gives you a very significant advantage and quicker boot anyway - I just wouldn't take the risk.

I have a OCZ Vertex 2 SSD and use sleep regularly, and haven't yet noticed any downside/ill effects.

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 Gigabyte QuickBoot + SSD = ?

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