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Try several ssd guides on this forum they'll help you get the maximum potential out of your ssd.
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Try several ssd guides on this forum they'll help you get the maximum potential out of your ssd.

Yeah I went through this one before I install games and played around with the system.

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

After that I ran the Samsung SSD Magician software as well.
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So I got the SSD and sorta ignored the fact that the 256GB and up ones write a tad faster, and glossed over the fact I only have SATA2.
Unnoticeable difference honestly. I went from SATA 2 -> SATA 3 and I noticed 0 difference from my system.
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But now I'm reading that the H61 chipset doesn't even support RST!?
Link...it works fine in my H61 motherboard lol.
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Which I don't fully understand what that does for me, but I read everywhere to make sure you have the most current drivers of it and it sounds pretty essential for an SSD.
You can simply use the default MS one, not having the intel isn't a big deal.
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So I'm kind of wonder if I wasted my money on this SSD since I'm clearly not taking the most advantage of it, even more so than I knew before I bought it.
How are you not taking advantage of it? blinksmiley.gif

If you don't like it return it. It isn't like anyone is forcing you to have it. rolleyes.gif
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My opinion, no you didn’t waste your money. You removed a bottleneck in your system.

I love my SSD. Load times are fantastic and never have to worry about defragging it. I went from an AMD 940BE with 10k raptors to this current system. I’m running a Sata2 SSD with on a Sata2 port, It’s still extremely fast! Seek time is what you are eliminating, transfer amount is a small factor.

When installing games to an SSD make sure you only put your favorite games on there, or any game that will have several areas to load. I keep BF3, WOT and a few select other games on there. D3 as well as my entire steam collection reside on my F3. I will be moving BL2 over the SSD when I get it installed.
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Sounds like I need to use it more. Not counting all the time installing drivers and games I only actually spent less than 20mins on it so far.

I don't see how you can't notice a difference between SATA2 and SATA3....based on what I've read that is, since I haven't used them smile.gif. But the speeds are doubled aren't they?

I found this chart is what I was looking at:



It works with my H61, I just didn't know if I was missing anything with RST drivers, or losing any performance.

I was going to say I only install games I use a lot, but there are some I guess I don't need SSD for like Tropico 4 and Anno, but I really hate not taking advantage of it for all my games. I use to do the 2 hard drive thing 6yrs ago with a 74GB Raptor OS drive and 250GB storage drive, it got old after a year or two.
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Other than application and game map load times (and reboot, as if I ever reboot my system if it didn't crash from bad O/C settings and/or some win/driver update), your SSD won't rock your world - especially if you have experience of fast HDDs already.
If you don't game or use apps that did require long loading times altogether, and you use your PC for casual browsing, movies etc, the SSD gives you diminishing returns - that's IMHO.

I have to disagree completely. I work at a computer repair shop, we also sell custom builds. I notice a huge difference in just day to day responsiveness of computers running their OS on a solid state drive. There are a lot of mostly random writes and reads happening by the OS and some running programs, when you switch to a decent SSD the whole machine gets so much more responsive and quicker.

A SSD is almost never a waste when installed in a computer that is going to see any kind of regular use.
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...I currently play Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 on it, as well as some Anno 2070 and Tropico, and I will be getting Borderlands 2 on it as well.
I've tried GW2 and noticed next to nothing, other than initial boot of game it seemed the same. I also tried D3 this morning, I did notice solo games loaded pretty instantly, but I'm wondering if that's worth $100! But I only tried both for about 5-10mins each so far.

For the most part you are not going to see the benefits of your SSD in the games you play. A few games seem to play a little smoother overall, I find mostly games like Fallout, where a random spawn means textures and other assets need to be loaded into memory from the drive. But otherwise you will not notice a performance difference in the majority of your games, from my experience at least.
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The 1TB HDD has be disconnected this entire time.

Or at least my perceived advantage of it, again maybe my expectations are too high.

Why did you disconnect your HDD? And what were you expecting to happen?

A SSD doesn't suffer from the seek time slowdowns that HDDs do. That's the difference.
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It works with my H61, I just didn't know if I was missing anything with RST drivers, or losing any performance.

Why do you feel RST would be relevant to your system? It seems to be a raid technology.


http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/cs-020784.htm
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Why do you feel RST would be relevant to your system? It seems to be a raid technology.
http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/cs-020784.htm

It monitors your SSD as well, not just RAID
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Dude, you are fine with your SSD. It breaths new life into any older machine. I put a Crucial M4 64GB SSD into my Macbook Pro 17" (which is only SATA II) and the machine boots MUCH faster (7 seconds from power button) and is quick as hell. For a nearly 5 year old machine, I think that is awesome. It even feels faster than my sig rig. The thing only has a 2.6GHz C2D T7800 in it and a 965 chipset (older than yours). Works fine. 

 
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