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Just picked up a Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB drive on my way home from work. Installed it in the system in my sig, p8p67 Pro motherboard.

My board has 2 different Sata 6Gb/sec sets of ports, apparently with different controllers. I put wasn't sure which one to use, but I put it on the Grey one which is the intel controller. The Dark blue ones are Marvell.

I followed the advise I found on another forum and did all the tweaks listed (readyboost off, no defrag, etc)

I guess I'm confused by if my drive is using AHCI or not, does it matter, and how can I check. Moused over the msahci and found Intel 1C02 AHCI controller.

Did I make the right choice in installing this on the Intel controller port?

If I decide to move it to the Marvell port to test speeds, do I need to do anything special? Do I need to wipe the drive, or change any drivers, or just swap the drive?

Do these number look good? The 4K Read being lower than the Write doesn't seem correct to me, but I honestly don't know. That Access time for write looks morbidly slow, is that just common in all crucial SSDs or is it something I did?

Edit 2: Turned off pagefile and ran benchmark on a fresh boot. They seem to get close to the rated speeds. The 4k numbers still look sickly, but that seems to be the nature of the beast.


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Normally if you have the drivers installed you should be able to plug the SSD on the Marvell port and just boot. You should test, it can't hurt.

Have you installed Win on the SSD or you used an utility to clone the OS? I'm asking this because for example on SSDs Win7 disables defrag on setup, there's nothing for the user to disable.

Turning Pagefile off is a good thing, though some may not agree. At least when benchmark-ing not having the pagefile makes the results more consistent as there is less risk something may be written in precisely that moment. It is also useful to disconnect from the internet, halt AV and as much as the background apps as you can in order to have ideal benchmark conditions.
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Normally if you have the drivers installed you should be able to plug the SSD on the Marvell port and just boot. You should test, it can't hurt.

Have you installed Win on the SSD or you used an utility to clone the OS? I'm asking this because for example on SSDs Win7 disables defrag on setup, there's nothing for the user to disable.

Turning Pagefile off is a good thing, though some may not agree. At least when benchmark-ing not having the pagefile makes the results more consistent as there is less risk something may be written in precisely that moment. It is also useful to disconnect from the internet, halt AV and as much as the background apps as you can in order to have ideal benchmark conditions.
Fresh Windows install. I went back and actually checked the defrag schedule and saw it was not trying to defrag my new SSD, just my storage drives, so I left it on.

For benchmarking I always boot in to a bare windows install, with no unneeded programs running, but I don't disconnect my network cable (laziness).

I found my way over to the benchmark thread for SSDs and see my drive is pretty on par with the other Crucial C300 64GB drives that are listed. The slow access times and write times seem to be pretty standard for this particular drive.

The only frustrating part that I have run in to with SSD is how much my system comes to a crawl with heavy write activity. While moving back my copy of Mass Effect 2 my PC became almost unresponsive, and even simple web browsing was a pain. Luckily I don't plan to move giant files on a regular basis for the sake of keeping the drive in as good of condition as possible.
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What you could do to hide the slower write access time when browsing is a RAM disk. It's a soft that creates a partition in the RAM that is visible to the OS as a HDD partition. Being on the RAM it is ultra fast, I've benched mine @~500MB/s, but it does take some of the memory.You could create a 400MB partition and move the temporary internet files folder and firefox's cache on the ramdisk partition; you'd achieve two things: reduce the number of writes on the SSD (which prolongs its life) and have zero access time + huge bandwidth for the temp internet files & cache.

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What you could do to hide the slower write access time when browsing is a RAM disk. It's a soft that creates a partition in the RAM that is visible to the OS as a HDD partition. Being on the RAM it is ultra fast, I've benched mine @~500MB/s, but it does take some of the memory.You could create a 400MB partition and move the temporary internet files folder and firefox's cache on the ramdisk partition; you'd achieve two things: reduce the number of writes on the SSD (which prolongs its life) and have zero access time + huge bandwidth for the temp internet files & cache.

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In firefox I changed browser.cache.disk.enable to false and added disk.cache.memory.capacity;131072

That should take care of the browser cache if I'm thinking correctly.
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