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Jun
8
comment How come my Intel 520 180GB SSD performs extremely poorly?
@Willem Yes, for any video-related work any sort of SandForce is a bad idea. Not only does SandForce rely on compression to achieve high write performance (especially for smaller capacities), it also relies on the space left over for extra over-provisioning to maintain performance. Something that doesn't care that the data already is compressed would be a much better choice. As always, bigger would also be better.
Jun
8
comment Is it a good Idea to switch to a SSD to use less battery?
Standby for the SSD is essentially equivalent to everything from Performance Idle to Standby for the hard drive. So in a situation where the hard drive would be in Standby the SSD would also be in Standby, and in a situation where the hard drive would be in Performance Idle the SSD is in standby.
Jun
8
comment How come my Intel 520 180GB SSD performs extremely poorly?
+1 This is the problem. The test uses already compressed data, which is a worst case scenario for the Intel 520 or any SandForce drive. For such data a Intel 510 or a Samsung 830 would be a much better choice.
Jun
5
comment Encrypt SSD before or after reinstalling Windows7
The Intel 520 has hardware encryption built in, which means it works differently from how general hard drives behave with passwords, thus making your reference not quite correct.
Jun
5
answered Encrypt SSD before or after reinstalling Windows7
May
29
comment Is it possible to make raid 0 from 2 ssd drives?
-1 While it probably is cheaper to buy 2x 128GB drives instead of a 256GB drive, it usually is cheaper to buy one 128GB drive than 2x 64BG drives. No TRIM support is an universal issues, not limited to older models. There shouldn't be any drop in random transfers, rather an improvement in some cases.
May
23
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May
15
comment Optimization Visual Studio build high frequency or number of cores
There isn't be any great difference between desktop and laptop CPU's. The laptop CPU's are slower as a group but the architectures are the same so the effect of clock-speeds vs core count is the same.
May
13
answered Optimization Visual Studio build high frequency or number of cores
May
10
comment TrueCrypt full disk encryption on the Intel 520 Series SSD
AES-NI only speeds up the encryption. It will do nothing to help with the SSD dealing with the encrypted data.
May
10
comment TrueCrypt full disk encryption on the Intel 520 Series SSD
The Intel 520 drive relies on data compression and de-duplicaton the achieve high performance. If you encrypt the data with TrueCrypt it is no longer possible to compress or dedup it. This will significantly hurt the performance of that specific model SSD.
May
5
comment Troubleshooting slow SSD
Well, that implies you have NCQ enabled. I'm still unsure as to why you are limited to 200MB/s. AMD used to have issues with SSD performance but all that was sorted out in a series of BIOS and driver updates.
May
5
comment Troubleshooting slow SSD
The result for the small IOs (ie 0.5-32.0) should increase as you increase queue depth in ATTO if you have NCQ enabled. I'm sure there also is some setting in a driver or such you can look at but I am not very familiar with the AMD platform so I cannot help you there.
May
4
comment Troubleshooting slow SSD
It looks as if you may not have NCQ enabled, although it is a bit hard to tell since you lowered the queue depth to 2. I remember reading about people having to enable NCQ separately on some AMD platforms. Even so it should go up towards 260000K at least. I suppose it might be some limitation of the SATA controller.
May
4
comment Troubleshooting slow SSD
Individual NAND dies are actually quite slow. An SSD gets it speed from the controller being able to spread out a given workload across its array of NAND dies. How well it manages this depends on how parallelizable the workload is.
May
4
comment Troubleshooting slow SSD
Windows does not enable the ACHI drives if you install in IDE mode so it won't be able to boot if you later switch to AHCI mode. The fix is simple and found here support.microsoft.com/kb/922976 That will allow you to enable the Microsoft AHCI drivers. It may still be the case they you'll want to reinstall the platform specific AHCI drivers.
May
4
answered Troubleshooting slow SSD
May
1
answered ssd running slow
May
1
comment ssd running slow
What kind of a machine do you have the SSD connected to? Certain SATA controllers tend not to play well with SSDs.
May
1
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