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Hi there,

just finished building my system and it is now up and running! Booting windows off my 60GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD and i'm a bit confused about the running speed of it. For the moment it seems fairly slow (considering it boasts speeds of read/write ~500MB/s), not really that much faster than my second HDD! It's currently running the 2.08 firmware and the current version is 2.11, could updating the firmware provide that extra performance?

I've read threads about TRIM and ACHI mode but i haven't been able to find some tool to decide what mode i'm currently running

I've included a photo of the benchmarking software i used

Any help is much appreciated!

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post #2 of 12
OCZ uses as-ssd and atto for benchmarking.

Atto is what will give you the high numbers that you listed.

As-ssd is more of a real world test and will give you similar numbers to Crystaldiskmark.

Given that you are running the p67 chipset, I hope that you don't run into the issues so many others are having hooking that drive up to it.
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just ran the AS-SSD benchmark

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post #4 of 12
The bottom 2 numbers are what you will notice when running Windows. You will hardly ever use sequential read/writes (only when dealing with very big files, which is less than 5% of average computer usage). Those are 30-100+ times faster than your hard drive.

To check what mode youre in, go to this link and follow steps 1-5 and look at the value. If it is 0, it is in AHCI mode. If it is 3 it is not. If it is not, read through the rest of the steps in that link and follow it completely.


Edit: by the look of the AS-SSD, you are in IDE mode and not AHCI (pciide - BAD, should say GOOD if its in AHCI).
    
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You are in IDE mode to change to AHCI follow this quide http://www.windows7news.com/2010/05/...-in-windows-7/
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thanks for the quick replies and that definitely helps my understanding!

enabled AHCI mode and ran the benchmark again

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post #7 of 12
part of the issue is that you only have the 60GB drive. your numbers are not that far off what they should be. The higher the capacity drive, the faster it gets.
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True up to a certain point. You cant tell me you dont notice a difference in Windows with that drive compared to a HDD, though. It is still light years ahead of HDDs in the file sizes that matter.
    
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by hondajt View Post
part of the issue is that you only have the 60GB drive. your numbers are not that far off what they should be. The higher the capacity drive, the faster it gets.
you sure? surely it's the other way round?

but yes there's a significant difference, boot and app load times are super quick but just i guess i was just expecting a lot from it!
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Originally Posted by willman256 View Post
you sure? surely it's the other way round?
100% sure. Think of it like running in parrallel. The more there is, the faster it will be.

And I reccomend not running any benchmark that "writes" to the drive, more than once a week.

Check anadtech. Here is mine vs yours. 60 vs 120 It's a noticable difference.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/402?vs=371

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Edited by hondajt - 8/13/11 at 5:52am
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