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My SSD seems a bit slow. It's a Corsair x64. Bootup/shutdown and application launches are fast but sometimes it feels like the system is hanging, not sure if it's the SSD or now. I ran some benchmarks and I was wondering if there's anyway to improve the speed.

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Yes, that is slow. One way to give yourself a little boost is to change your mode from IDE to AHCI. That will give you a notable gain in performance.

Here's how:

open regedit
navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es
go to msahci (on the left) and click it
on the right, left click "start" and modify
change value to 0
reboot
enter your BIOS
find Integrated peripherals (or equivalent)
Change mode from IDE to AHCI
reboot
(Windows may go through the "found new hardware and you'll have to reboot again)
run AS SSD again

EDIT:
I also see that the Extreme Series uses an Indilix controller. My old 80GB Intel drive used one too, and this is the benchmark score I got using AS SSD: http://www.krasch.org/computer/ahci.jpg

Hopefully yours should get to around that speed.

Also, how long have you been using it? They can degrade quite a bit over time with lots of use. Also try upgrading your Firmware to the latest one.
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Originally Posted by karmuhhhh;11763423 
Yes, that is slow. One way to give yourself a little boost is to change your mode from IDE to AHCI. That will give you a notable gain in performance.

Here's how:

open regedit
navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\servic es
go to msahci (on the left) and click it
on the right, left click "start" and modify
change value to 0
reboot
enter your BIOS
find Integrated peripherals (or equivalent)
Change mode from IDE to AHCI
reboot
(Windows may go through the "found new hardware and you'll have to reboot again)
run AS SSD again

EDIT:
I also see that the Extreme Series uses an Indilix controller. My old 80GB Intel drive used one too, and this is the benchmark score I got using AS SSD: http://www.krasch.org/computer/ahci.jpg

Hopefully yours should get to around that speed.

Also, how long have you been using it? They can degrade quite a bit over time with lots of use. Also try upgrading your Firmware to the latest one.

I did that and let it go through the first two tests of the AS SSD benchmark and it's not even close to your old drive. I bought it used on Amazon figuring it couldn't be that bad because I got a decent price but I guess I was wrong......my SSD sucks.



Edit: New score
Not any better, about the same really. I'm not sure how to or where to update the firmware on the drive. I went to Corsairs page for the Extreme drives and didn't see anything about updating it.
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Run SSD Life and let's see how used your drive really is.

http://www.ssd-life.com/
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by karmuhhhh;11763662 
Run SSD Life and let's see how used your drive really is.

http://www.ssd-life.com/

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I'm actually surprised it saws excellent condition. Firmware version seems to be initial release so maybe there's an update with some performance enhancements.
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Did you do a fresh install of Windows when you got this, or did you migrate it?
    
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Did you do a fresh install of Windows when you got this, or did you migrate it?

I did a fresh install of Windows.
    
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Searching the Corsair forums, I found that your SSD is NOT supporting TRIM out of the box, and you need to update the firmware. This link should help you.

If you have had your Windows install for awhile, then that is probably the issue. After the install I would recommend a Secure Erase and fresh install of Windows.

Good luck smile.gif

EDIT: Your SSD Life says TRIM is enabled, which is weird because according to Corsair, the 1.0 Firmware (which you have) does NOT support it. I would recommend trying the Firmware update regardless and let's see what happens.
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Just because TRIM is enabled in windows doesn't mean the SSD has TRIM. I don't know if that program shows if it is enabled in the SSD or in Windows. Even without TRIM a fresh drive will have very little effect on performance. There is something else going on here. I doubt it is your drive and something to do with the configuration or something of the sort.
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I tried updating to the 2.0 firmware but as you might have seen if you looked through the thread over at the Corsair forums, I have been unable to update it. I have tried on 3 computers with the same error message, not very many people have been able to successfully update their drives.

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