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I heard that it's bad for your SSD to benchmark it because of the stress it puts on it while writing the data. Does anyone have any conclusive evidence that this is true and or tests demonstrating it?

I have a 60GB Patriot Inferno on the way and of course I'm going to want to know it's running good, but will something like AS SSD, HD Tune, or ATTO hurt it??
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I would assume since AS SSD is freeware, they would warn you if it was going to do damage to the SSD. I don't know for sure tho, wait for an expert.
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post #3 of 16
No. Maybe if you run it 299999 times a day yes, but you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by The Master Chief;12856789 
No. Maybe if you run it 299999 times a day yes, but you'll be fine.

Haha yea... that's what I figured. Thanks for the feedback though.
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post #5 of 16
Yes, benchmarking is bad for SSD's but some benchmarks more than others. Your Inferno is a Sandforce drive and a benchmark like AS SSD will write 8GB of incompressible data very quickly. Sandforce SATAII SSD's have a "feature" called Duraclass that protects the longevity of the NAND write cycles by throttling write speeds if too much data is written in too short a period of time.

One AS SSD Benchmark or one default CDM can cause your 60GB Inferno to slow down because a smaller drive with less over provisioning can have every free block written to easier than a larger drive.

If you decide to run these benchmarks anyway and get the write speed throttling as a result. You can create a backup image, secure erase the drive then reimage and you will be back to full speed.
    
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post #6 of 16
AS SSD makes 5GB worth of writes when you run it (assuming cells being written to are empty). I don't suggest running it everyday but it's not exactly "life threatening".
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post #7 of 16
Using something like crystal can be very bad for a sandforce based ssd.2 or 3 runs and the drive is noticeably slower.It's one of the worst things you can do to a sandforce drive.
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What about the OCZ Vertex II drives?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kal777;12857079 
What about the OCZ Vertex II drives?
OCZ Vertex 2 is a Sandforce drive.
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Ahk, im new to SSD, only upgraded because last 3 HDDs i had all failed. So by benchmarking, is it just harddrive benchmarking? Or will 3DMark damage it aswell?
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