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I've had my SSD for about a month now, and everything is quick and I didn't think much of its performance, but I just decided to benchmark it to see how fast it really is compared to others so I downloaded AS SSD as recommended by most people. According to reviews and tests, the Force GT 120GB is capable of 500mb/s read and 150mb/s write but I am only getting 300mb/s read and 90mb/s write. That's almost half the speed I should be getting!

Everything is connected correctly I believe. My motherboard is a Z68 so it's got plenty of SATA III ports. What's up? I don't really want to mess with firmware downloads since I've never done that before and I don't want to mess things up unless that's my only route.

Note: In the AS SSD Benchmark window, the top left side it says:
pciide - BAD
103424 K - OK
Edited by WiL11o6 - 1/6/12 at 8:56am
post #2 of 18
Are you in ACHI mode for your SSD Drive? Do you have the latest firmware?

I initially started in IDE mode and saw similar results, switching to ACHI mode sped it up nicely.
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dont use as ssd on these drives. it will throw it into write throttled mode. also, corsair recommends using atto to test their drives. you can download by cicking on the link. http://www.attotech.com/products/product.php?sku=Disk_Benchmark
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Hmm...Putting it in AHCI mode did not work at all. Wouldn't boot to windows and just kept restarting.

I tried the ATTO bench, and it seems to be around the same 350mb/s instead of the 500mb/s it's capable of.

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thats becuase its in ide moce. you need to put it in ahci. theres a req hack you can do, i just have to find it and then ill post.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WiL11o6 View Post

Hmm...Putting it in AHCI mode did not work at all. Wouldn't boot to windows and just kept restarting.
I tried the ATTO bench, and it seems to be around the same 350mb/s instead of the 500mb/s it's capable of.
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You cannot just switch to AHCI mode in the Bios and re-boot. Sorry should have mentioned that.

I believe you need to change some registry values to switch to AHCI from IDE if windows is already installed. Ask in this thread on how to do it.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds/1400#post_16092595

The answer is in there somewhere I believe I just cannot find it.
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post #7 of 18
Make an AHCI driver disk for your mobo then boot into your windows 7 install disk go to repair and then load drivers then you will need your AHCI drivers install them. After you reboot go into bios turn on AHCI and it should work.
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How do I do that? lol
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just follow this. its about the easiest thing you can do.
http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=313676
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post #10 of 18
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Thanks!

That did the trick. Went from 300mb/s to 500mb/s. I can't believe I didn't do this when I first got my SSD. It's like getting a whole new setup!
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