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Windows 7: Show Us Your WEI (2)

30 May 2010   #91
WumpusWhumper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Soliciting suggestions on improving with SSD

So I just built this machine, loaded Win7 x64, and checked the performance. Seems the conventional hard drive is the only piece not in sync. So I would welcome some further information about using SSDs to improve performance. Specifically, since I have a system built already, should I add an SSD and use this just for ReadyBoost, or should I reinstall Win7 to the SSD? While 6 GB RAM sounds like a lot, PhotoShop CS5 and other graphic apps seem capable of slurping a good portion of it.

I'd like to hear your experiences with trying different Win7 setups with an SSD if you have tried more than one. I welcome hearing how this impacts gaming and Adobe CS5 apps in particular if you can speak to that.

Also, is there an easy way to specify to Win7 during installation that OS and Program Files should reside on the SSD drive, while user accounts should reside on a conventional drive? Are there still problems installing applications that expect everything to reside on a single C: drive? Which should be the focus for improvement--shuttling program, data, or both?

Thanks in advance for suggestions.




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30 May 2010   #92
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Here's mine, not the best score ever, but it's good enough to run Aero fine and to browse the internet and write documents, that's all I care about, at the moment.


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30 May 2010   #93
kucing13

 

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30 May 2010   #94
KMoore4318

 
 
Maxed with the equip I have

It's going to take an OCed 980 to get 7.8, and takes Raid 0 SSD's to peg 7.9, ( so no TRIM ) I gave up on Pegging the meter. Not willing to spend a grand for .1, But I keep checking back, I would like to see someone do it. My 920 is running 20X206 with turbo enabled for just over 4.3


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31 May 2010   #95
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WumpusWhumper View Post
So I just built this machine, loaded Win7 x64, and checked the performance. Seems the conventional hard drive is the only piece not in sync. So I would welcome some further information about using SSDs to improve performance. Specifically, since I have a system built already, should I add an SSD and use this just for ReadyBoost, or should I reinstall Win7 to the SSD? While 6 GB RAM sounds like a lot, PhotoShop CS5 and other graphic apps seem capable of slurping a good portion of it.

I'd like to hear your experiences with trying different Win7 setups with an SSD if you have tried more than one. I welcome hearing how this impacts gaming and Adobe CS5 apps in particular if you can speak to that.

Also, is there an easy way to specify to Win7 during installation that OS and Program Files should reside on the SSD drive, while user accounts should reside on a conventional drive? Are there still problems installing applications that expect everything to reside on a single C: drive? Which should be the focus for improvement--shuttling program, data, or both?

Thanks in advance for suggestions.
Welcome to Seven Forums WumpusWhumper.

Nice scores BTW.

For a little information you can read the Show us your SSD performance thread.

A SSD will have a noticeable performance gain. Startups and shutdowns are much faster, installed programs load quicker. Best upgrade I've ever done.

You will find that pretty much everywhere will recommend using a SSD for your OS.
If you have more than 3GB RAM, Ready Boost will not give you any noticeable performance increase.

If your a heavy user of PhotoShop CS5, I would recommend adding RAM before using Ready Boost.
As I'm not a gamer, can't tell you what improvement you'll see. Have read of improved loading time, and marginal performance increase. You can find many comments on this by searching (Google or?).

Best way to install win7 on a SSD is to leave it in raw, unformatted, state. Take it out of the box, plug in the power and SATA cable, point to it when asked where to install win7.
Win7 will align it, disable the minimum processes, as it will detect that it is a SSD.
Most people recommend to set your BIOS to SATA AHCI or RAID before installation. Besides the standard benefits, you will be able to use the Trim function, which keeps the SSD deleted files erased and helps the SSD to perform as when new.

Depending on the SSD you buy, Gen2 SSDs require very few changes.
When you see a long list of recommended changes, they are for older models of SSDs. One of the important ones is to disable Defrag, a SSD does not need defragging and will cause un-necessary wear.

Check this tutorial, SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7.

Let us know if you have any more questions.
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31 May 2010   #96
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I do hope everyone isn't driven by WEI scores. Sure, it's nice to have good numbers, and it does indicate great performing hardware. But I'm hoping everyone is searching for increased real world performance and usability. Not the ever elusive 7.9, lol. I'm not going over 5.9 because I'm not going to be changing HDDs and reinstalling Windows when my HDDs are just over a month and a 1/2 old. Numbers are nice, but they are only numbers. A Guy
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31 May 2010   #97
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KMoore4318 View Post
It's going to take an OCed 980 to get 7.8, and takes Raid 0 SSD's to peg 7.9, ( so no TRIM ) I gave up on Pegging the meter. Not willing to spend a grand for .1, But I keep checking back, I would like to see someone do it. My 920 is running 20X206 with turbo enabled for just over 4.3


Hello Moore, I was wondering if a 980 would do it, too bad.
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31 May 2010   #98
kucing13

 

LOL.my old thread also asking the same thing already

Windows Experience Index True?
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31 May 2010   #99
adamsuail

win7 Enterprise X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KMoore4318 View Post
It's going to take an OCed 980 to get 7.8, and takes Raid 0 SSD's to peg 7.9, ( so no TRIM ) I gave up on Pegging the meter. Not willing to spend a grand for .1, But I keep checking back, I would like to see someone do it. My 920 is running 20X206 with turbo enabled for just over 4.3
It seems like you are the man

Q: how did you arrange those 3 SSDs in Raid 0 ?
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31 May 2010   #100
xXSevenXx

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64- bit
 
 

Latest WEI


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