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Hey guys, I just installed a second 128Gb M4 SSD in my system. My primary drive (C is an M4 128Gb installed on SATA3 port 0, and my new SSD is installed on SATA3 port 1. I benchmarked my C: drive prior to installing the new drive, and I benchmarked it after the install of the second drive. Now it's much, much slower.

Attachment 1 = Prior to installing second SSD


Attachment 2 = After installing the second drive


Attachment 3 = Second SSD benchmark (P: drive)


Note that I am running 0009 on the primary (C drive and 0002 on the newly installed P: drive.

Can anyone help me here? I have no idea why this is happening.


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I don't see a huge difference. But, get 00009 on the second one also, and make sure you are running the newest RST drivers. Is the Sata3 port intel or Marvell?
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post #3 of 12
did you enable the write back on your drives?
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The SATA3 port is Intel. There is a HUGE difference in the score for C: - it drops from about 790 to about 480.

What's write back?
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post #5 of 12
are both drives on a sata 3 port? if not then one drive is at sata 2, limiting the other to sata 2 as well.
you need to install the raid drivers, and there is a control panel that will allow you to select write back for your array, which will boost performance.
post #6 of 12
Here's mine with 64gb raid 0. Yours should have better write speed since it's 128gb

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from the photo, it looks like you run yours on a single drive.
did you do a fresh install of windows 7?
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Originally Posted by okcookienc View Post
Hey guys, I just installed a second 128Gb M4 SSD in my system. My primary drive (C is an M4 128Gb installed on SATA3 port 0, and my new SSD is installed on SATA3 port 1. I benchmarked my C: drive prior to installing the new drive, and I benchmarked it after the install of the second drive. Now it's much, much slower.

Attachment 1 = Prior to installing second SSD


Attachment 2 = After installing the second drive


Attachment 3 = Second SSD benchmark (P: drive)


Note that I am running 0009 on the primary (C drive and 0002 on the newly installed P: drive.

Can anyone help me here? I have no idea why this is happening.
update to the 0009 firmware

also ^his are not in raid
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post #9 of 12
From your first post, read / write speeds really didnt drop much. But what did is your 4k-64k speeds. Which I attribute to running the benchmark pretty much back to back. When I mean back to back, that can mean one day, then the next. IE: Dont run multiple benches within the same week on a SSD.
HOWEVER: I am used to that rule with my SandForce 1200 SSD. Which of course I wouldnt run AS SSD because of my controller. I am not familiar with the Marvell controllers if AS SSD or ATTO is the better bench.
Give it a rest for a week or so, update the firmware on your 2nd SSD then run benches and see how it goes.
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I updated the new drive and I've checked to make sure that my Windows 7 settings are ideal for SSDs (regarding write back, large file cache, system restore, etc.) as well as TRIM enabled and AHCI mode enabled. The old drive continues to score around 480-490, while just a week or two ago it was scoring 790. The new drive is blazing, consistently scoring 770+.



The one thing I haven't done is try to defrag the old drive. Should I do that? Could it help?



I've literally tried swapping ports, swapping cables, trying different SATA power cables... everything hardware related that I could think of. Like I said, I've confirmed that my settings are ideal.

I'm hoping that this is all because of running back-to-back benches, as Rebelord pointed out. However, I didn't bench my C: immediately before installing the new SSD (P... I benched it within the past 10 days, though. So, I'm seriously hoping that if I give it a week it will come back up to 700+ total score.

We'll see. Anyone else have other thoughts?

PS: My drives are not in a RAID. I thought about setting up RAID for them, but decided against it as I didn't feel like going through the trouble of doing a work-around or reinstalling Windows. Also, you lose TRIM when you RAID SSDs and I'm not convinced that the real world performance gains will be worth it.
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